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La gran familia española / Family United

A film by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

Spain, Comedy/Romance/Family Drama, 2013
102 min, Digital, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)


Ephraim, the youngest of 5 brothers all with biblical names (recalling 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS), asks his 10 year-old classmate, Carla, to marry him when they both turn 18. Eight years later, who would have thought that Spain would be playing the World Soccer Championship finals in South Africa precisely on their wedding day. Ephraim will reunite his family on this day of national catharsis and, with the entire country paralyzed by the game, each family member will be confronted with the most challenging match of their lives: accepting who they are and where they come from. LA GRAN FAMILIA ESPAÑOLA was nominated for 11 Goya Awards including Best Picture, winning in the categories of Best Original Song and Best Supporting Actor (Roberto Álamo).

Regional Premiere

About the director

Daniel Sanchez Daniel Sánchez Arévalo received an MFA at Columbia University on a Fulbright Scholarship. PHYSICS II, his first 35mm short film, was pre-selected to the 2005 Academy Awards in the Short Fiction category.  Daniel’s first full-length feature film, DARKBLUEALMOSTBLACK, won over 50 international awards, including two prizes at the Venice Days section of the Mostra di Venezia in 2006. LA GRAN FAMILIA ESPAÑOLA is Arévalo’s fourth feature film.


Producer: José Antonio Félez, Fernando Bovaira, Mikel Lejarza, Mercedes Gamero
Production Companies: Atipica Films, MOD Producciones, Antena 3 Films
Screenwriter: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Cinematographer: Juan Carlos Gómez
Editor: Nacho Ruiz Capillas
Sound Design: Carlos Faruolo
Music: Josh Rouse
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutiérrez, Verónica Echegui, Patrick Criado, Miquel Fernández, Roberto Álamo, Héctor Colomé, Arancha Martí, Sandra Martín

Print Source: Film Factory Entertainment,



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