By Elena CID


Documentary - Completed 2018

“Bécquer and the Witches” portraits a lesser-known side of the poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, his work “Letters from my Cell”. Written during his time in the Monastery of Veruela, 150 years ago, Bécquer tells the magical legends around Trasmoz, the witches' village.

    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elena CID
    • Writer(s)
    • Elena CID
    • Producer(s)
    • Elena CID (Disentropic)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1864, the famous poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, suffering from health problems retired to the Monastery of Veruela. Far from the social-political noise and activity of Madrid, the capital of Spain, Bécquer immersed himself in the landscape of the mythical mountain called Moncayo, the most mysterious mountain of Spanish geography. There, the poet discovered a new world full of legends, legends that converged in a small village hidden behind the mountain: Trasmoz, “the witches´ village”, the world's one and only village to have been officially declared to be cursed by the catholic church.
      Submerged in the rush of the XXI century, a young poet discovers Becquer´s “Letters from my Cell” and touched by Becquer´s story she decides to follow the writer´s journey and discover the magical stories still hidden in plain sight in these magical surroundings. Through the letters, the documentary explores lesser known stories about witchcraft from a social and historical point of view linking it to and expanding on the role that, traditionally, women have had in society across the centuries and, specially, during the middle ages as preferred victims of witch trials and the inquisition.