El día de la bestia (1995)
Comedy, subcultures, television
in The cinema of Álex de la Iglesia
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El día de la bestia, released in 1995, was Álex de la Iglesia's second feature-length film, and marked the beginning of the director's association with the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez and his Lolafilms organisation. It was both a commercial and critical success in Spain. The plot of El día de la bestia concerns a Basque Catholic priest, Father Ángel Berriartúa, who, in his research role at the University of Deusto, discovers that the predictions of the apocalypse by St John have been miscalculated. El día de la bestia is probably still de la Iglesia's best-known film. This is certainly the case internationally, where it was critically well received. El día de la bestia also appeared at a number of film festivals, such as the Brussels International Festival Fantastic Film in 1996, where it was awarded the prestigious Méliès d' or for Best European Fantastic Film. Academic criticism has been more ambivalent about it than reviews in the press.

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