Pablo needs to stop smoking. Why? Because his wife, family, and doctor say he should. But Pablo is a stubborn man. He’s worked in the mercury mines of Almadén, Spain, risking his life daily, he’s had five severe heart attacks and smoked 20 Winston’s a day since he was 12. Now in his seventies, Pablo spends most of his day in front of the TV, surrounded by a cloud of smoke, with his back turned firmly towards a village that has lived through better times.
Pablo represents the last generation of Almadén mercury miners, an age old profession with over 2000 years of history. Through a straightforward depiction of life’s everyday moments, Pablo’s Winter explores the decay of the local mining culture, but above all, it pays homage to the real protagonists: the miners and their families.
An Opa Films production in association with the Scottish Documentary Institute and Screen Academy Scotland
Screening Formats: HD Cam, Digi Beta
OPENING FILM – MOMA Documentary Fortnight
SPECIAL MENTION – Young Award – DOKLeipzig 2012
NOMINATED – BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award – BAFTA 2013
NOMINATED – Victor Award – Munich International Documentary Festival 2013
WINNER – EU-OSHIO Award – DOKLeipzig 2012
WINNER – Creative Recognition Award – Int’l Documentary Association 2013
WINNER – Best Student Documentary – IDFA 2012
WINNER – President’s Award – Full Frame Documentary Festival
Screened at over 40 festivals worldwide…
“It’s a fine tribute, and an enchanting piece of cinema” – Eye for Film
“Beautifully shot on monochrome video, Chico Pereira’s keen eyed debut blurs the documentary-fiction divide with familiar but promising results” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A worthy winner at IDFA and DOKLeipzig” – The List
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Executive Producers: Sonja Henrici & Finlay Pretsell
DOP: Julian Schwanitz
Editor: Nick Gibbon
Music: Juan Alberto Navazo
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