Close Your Eyes

Spain | 2023 | 165 min. | Víctor Erice

In his first film in over 30 years, Víctor Erice (The Spirit of the Beehive) makes another masterpiece, an ode to cinema following a reclusive former filmmaker investigating the two-decades-old disappearance of one of his actors. Nominated for 11 Goya Awards.


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Monday, May 20 - Monday, May 27, 2024

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Miguel Garay, a former film director, deals with the mysterious and unexpected disappearance decades ago of his friend and film lead, Julio Arenas. There are those who believe Julio has died. Others still hope to find him. Julio’s own daughter, Ana Arenas, questions his complete existence. The truth is that Miguel's life and career as a director stopped the day Julio walked out of the set and never came back. Life imitating fiction, the film they were making then was about a man seeking to find his also mysteriously disappeared daughter. Twenty years later, a television program hires Miguel to talk about the actor’s disappearance. Although Miguel initially is in it for the money, reliving the days of shooting the unfinished film brings back the ghosts of his and Julio's past. With an extraordinary cast led by José Coronado (Julio), Manolo Solo (Miguel), and Ana Torrent (Ana), the latest work from acclaimed Spanish director Víctor Erice (The Spirit of the Beehive) is a tale that captivatingly explores the themes of memory, aging and identity. Facts and fiction collide in Erice’s masterpiece, offering an unforgettable tale of the mighty communion between cinema and life.

—Hebe Tabachnik

  • Original Language Title: Cerrar los ojos
  • Director: Víctor Erice
  • Principal Cast: Manolo Solo, Jose Coronado, Ana Torrent, María León, Helena Miquel
  • Country: Spain, Argentina
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 165 min.
  • Producer: José Alba, Odile Antonio-Baez, Agustin Bossi, Pablo Bossi, Pol Bossi, Víctor Erice, Maximiliano Lasansky, Cristina Zumárraga
  • Screenplay: Víctor Erice, Michel Gaztambide
  • Cinematographers: Valentín Álvarez
  • Editors: Ascen Marchena
  • Music: Federico Jusid
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Goya Awards 2024 (Best Supporting Actor)
  • Filmography: Dream of Light (1992), El Sur (1983), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
  • Language: Spanish, Catalan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Film Movement
  • International Sales: Film Factory Entertainment