Los caballos mueren al amanecer

Ione Atenea

Un impulso colectivo Spain 81 min Catalan premiere


When Ione, director of the film, moves into the home of the late García siblings, she discovers that their lives remain latent in the objects they left behind. A piano, hundreds of drawings, thousands of pictures, or loads of tapes, allow her to portray the characters of the film. Antonio worked as a comic artist for the Bruguera publishing house, Rosita was an opera singer and a pianist. Along with their brother Juanito, they transformed their home into a space for creation and fiction as an escape from the dark reality of the Franco dictatorship. Inside the walls of their home, the García siblings became classic film stars, World War II soldiers, gangsters, astronauts, sci-fi heroines, lonely cowboys on an eternal journey to the west… Their memory houses the history of the XX century. Years later, with new inhabitants, their home is still a place where life can be something else.

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Ione Atenea

She has a degree in Fine Arts for the University of the Basque Country, a Master’s Degree in Creation Documentary for the Pompeu Fabra University, and a Master’s Degree in Photography: Art and Technology for the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Her short film 24/07 (2015) was premiered at L’Alternativa IFF. Her feature film January (2019), nominated at the Feroz Awards for best documentary, won the audience’s award for best European First Film at the 57th Gijón IFF. Her last documentary Horses Die at Dawn (2022) will premiere at the 2022 Punto de Vista FF.

Filmography: Los caballos mueren al amanecer (2022, D'A 2022), Enero (2019), 24/07 (short, 2015)

Ione Atenea

Film information

Original Title: Horses Die at Dawn
Director: Ione Atenea
Script: Ione Atenea, Diana Toucedo
Contact: Hiruki Filmak
Country: Spain
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 81 min
Language: Spanish, Catalan, English
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2022


Los caballos mueren al amanecer