Soldiers of Salamina (film)

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Soldados de Salamina
Soldados de salamina poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Trueba
Written by Javier Cercas (novel)
David Trueba
Starring Ariadna Gil
Ramón Fontserè
Release date
  • 2003 (2003)
Running time
119 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish / Catalan / French

The Soldiers of Salamis (Spanish: Soldados de Salamina) is a 2003 Spanish film directed by David Trueba, based on the book by Javier Cercas. Starring Ariadna Gil and Ramón Fontserè, the film was nominated for eight Goya Awards in 2004, and won the award for Best Cinematography. It was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The exteriors of the film were shot in Girona, (Spain).


A novelist (Gil) who has abandoned her writing career tracks down the details of a true story from the last days of the Spanish Civil War. The writer and Falangist Rafael Sánchez Mazas (Fontserè) faced a firing squad along with fifty other prisoners, but managed to escape into the woods. A Republican soldier, apparently one of those searching the area for the escaped prisoner, found him but allowed him to escape. The novelist pieces together the fragments of the story, plagued by contradictions and mysterious characters, and comes to realize that her search for the truth is a personal quest of self-discovery.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Soldiers of Salamina". Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

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