Short Films Competition | 14 min | 2019


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About the Film

On a Saturday at nightfall, 18-year-old Lucía leaves handball training and sets off to pick up her brother in a city she thinks she knows. A cry for support to build an institutional and social framework in which all women feel safe and secure, 16 December reflects the case of “La Manada,” when a group of five men raped a girl in Pamplona, Spain, and recorded it all on a mobile phone. The film premiered at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival.


Film Info

Section Short Films Competition
Year 2019
Length 14 min
Language Galician, Spanish with subtitles in English
Country Spain
Premiere National Premiere

Film Credits

Director Álvaro Gago Díaz
Screenplay Álvaro Gago Díaz, Carla Pérez
Cinematography Lucía C. Pan
Music Xavier Bértolo
Editing Ricardo Saraiva
Producer Mireia Graell Vivancos, Álvaro Gago Díaz
Production Company Ringo Media, Sombriza Films
Sound Design
Sound Xavier Souto
Cast Cris Iglesias, Javier Valcarce, Fran Pérez, Diego Abal

Film Contacts

Directed by: Álvaro Gago Díaz

Alvaro Gago graduates in Audiovisual Communication and Music in Spain, theatre studies in Chicago and filmmaking in London. His first two short films, CURRICÁN and BOMBOLLES play and win awards at several film festivals. With MATRIA received the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance, and was a 2019 Goya nominee. Xacio Baño’s first feature film TROTE, which he edited, had its world premiere at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival and premiered nationally at the 2018 San Sebastián Film Festival. He also edits Marcos Merino’s second feature film IN MEMORIAM, which premiered at the 2018 Seville European Film Festival picking up ‘Best Spanish Film’ within the New Waves Non-Fiction category. His last short film 16 DE DECEMBRO will have its international premiere at Locarno Film Festival. He is currently developing his first feature film script provisionally titled ABOUT HAPPINESS.