festival program / Knight Marimbas Award

While at War


Set in the first months of the Spanish Civil War, this riveting and timely chamber drama from acclaimed writer-director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others, The Sea Inside) tracks the country's slide into nearly four decades of fascism under dictator Francisco Franco.

The celebrated writer Miguel de Unamuno publicly supports the military rebellion that promises to bring order to the chaotic situation in Spain, and is immediately dismissed as Dean of the University of Salamanca by the left-wing government. When Franco adds his troops to the uprising, and initiates a successful campaign from the South, the bloody conflict reaches Unamuno's colleagues, and he witnesses their incarceration, causing him to question his initial posture and reconsider his principles. When Franco transfers his headquarters to Salamanca and is named Chief Commander, Unamuno visits his palace, determined to request clemency.

Nominated for 17 Goya Awards (including Best Picture), and winner of 5, including Best Supporting Actor for the great Eduard Fernandez, While at War is a stunning and superb addition to Amenabar's remarkable career.

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by FlixLatino and ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity.

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MDC’s Tower Theater Miami 1

SilverSpot Cinema 13

SilverSpot Cinema 16

Director Bio

Alejandro Amenábar is an internationally acclaimed Spanish-Chilean film director, screenwriter and composer. His second film Abre los Ojos (97) enjoyed international acclaim and was remade as Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise. He also directed The Others (01) starring Nicole Kidman and The Sea Inside (04) staring Javier Bardem, which won 12 Goya Awards and an Academy Award for best Foreign Language Film.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Alejandro Amenábar
  • Producer(s)
    Mod Producciones
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Alejandro Amenábar , Alejandro Hernandez
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Alex Catalán
  • Composer
    Alejandro Amenábar
  • Cast
    Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Nathalie Poza

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Mientras dure la guerra
  • Country
  • Run-Time
    107 min
  • Language
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