A Time for Defiance

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La hora de los valientes
Directed by Antonio Mercero
Produced by Enrique Cerezo
Written by Horacio Varcarcel
Antonio Mercero
Starring Gabino Diego
Leonor Watling
Adriana Ozores
Luis Cuenca
Héctor Colomé
Music by Bingen Mendizábal
Cinematography Jaume Peracaula
Edited by José María Biurrún
Distributed by Sogecine film
Release date
  • 18 December 1998 (1998-12-18)
Running time
124 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

A Time for Defiance (Spanish: La hora de los valientes, literally The Hour of the Brave) is a 1998 Spanish war drama film directed by Antonio Mercero about the Spanish Civil War. Adriana Ozores won a Goya Award as Best Supporting Actress. It was also entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Special Silver St. George.[1]


In Madrid, during the bombing of November 1936, in the Spanish Civil War, the Republican Government decided on the evacuation of paintings from the Prado Museum. Manuel (played by Gabino Diego), a 28-year-old security guard, finds a self-portrait of Goya abandoned in one corner. He hides the painting and flees the bombing of his house.



  1. ^ "21st Moscow International Film Festival (1999)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-23. 

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