Scene from the film The Forgiveness
Scene from the film The Forgiveness
Scene from the film The Forgiveness
Scene from the film The Forgiveness

The Forgiveness

  • Spain
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In 1994, the seemingly normal Andrés Rabadán suddenly derailed three trains, then went home and shot his father through the head with a crossbow. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and committed to a psychiatric institution for 20 years. Now, almost 15 years later, his case is being reexamined. The Forgiveness unravels the events in question using archive footage, home videos, and interviews with his lawyers, psychiatrists, and the journalists who reported on the grisly murder at the time. In particular, the revelations of his sister and the drawings Rabadán himself has made while in the institution expose a dysfunctional family and show the deeds of "El Loco de la Ballesta" ("The Crossbow Madman") in a different light. Now cured of his psychological condition but still in detention, Rabadán himself provides insight into the world as he experiences it. His drawings are used in The Forgiveness as the basis for animations, which not only depict everyday life in the institution -- including escape attempts and torture -- but also illustrate his quest to deal with the past.

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  • Original Title
    The Forgiveness
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ventura Durall
  • Cinematography
    Mauro Herce
  • Editing
    Marti Roca
  • Music
    Diego Pedragosa
  • Sound
    Anna Sanmartí, Pau Subiros
  • Runtime
    65 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Spain
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Nanouk Films, SL
      • Spain
  • Distribution
      • Nanouk Films, SL
      • Spain
  • Awards
    • Best documentary at the Belgrade International Documentary Festival
    • The Audience Award at the Mon-doc International Documentary Festival
    • Silver Award Winner at World Media Festival is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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