The Spanish Civil War has had many a cinematic treatment: 1937's The Last Train From Madrid, 1943's For Whom The Bell Tolls (based on Hemingway's novel about the war), all the way to Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth (2001 and 2006 respectively) – for a more complete list, check out this link from Spain’s The Local.

We now have a boldly creative new entry in the list in the form of The Bastards' Fig Tree (La higuera de los bastardos) starring Karra Elejalde. Holding its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest this fall, Ana Murugarren's genre-meshing masterpiece provides a fresh, magical exploration of the horrors of the War, showing both the brutality and its tendency to inspire hope and change in a broken society, a message that could be even timelier with the recent rise of the far right seemingly worldwide. Fascism has not died: it's just changed its colors.
 
In the film, it is near the end of the War. A "trigger happy" fascist soldier turns into a hermit and gets caught up in the care of a fig tree after the look in a ten year old child's eyes, son of one of his victims, awakes in him the certainty that the kid will kill him as soon as he reaches sixteen years of age.

Catch The Bastards' Fig Tree in theaters this May; first with an LA release May 10. Enjoy the exclusive clip and trailer below.

Exclusive clip from THE BASTARDS’ FIG TREE (2017).

Trailer: THE BASTARDS’ FIG TREE (2017).