Fire Will Come
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Amador (Amador Arias) returns to the lush mountain greenery of his birthplace in Galicia, an autonomous region in the north-west of Spain, having spent two years in prison for setting fire to a local hillside. He is reunited with his elderly mother Benedicta (Benedicta Sanchez) and sets to work on their meagre farmstead, while trying to ignore the suspicious glares and judgemental whispers that follow him around his village. The community appears to be waiting for something to happen … and when it does, it is to visceral, mesmerising effect. Oliver Laxe’s patient film is the definition of a slow burn with a haunting, dreamy aesthetic that belies its powerful intensity. MH