Septembers (Septiembres)

Rated NR 113 minutes

For the participants of the 2005 Festival of Song held at a prison near Madrid, singing love songs isn't just fun, it is, rather, a poignant reminder of those they long for and are without. What begins as a visit to a friend in a Madrid-area penitentiary soon becomes the inspiration for this documentary when filmmaker Carles Bosch stumbles across a karaoke competition in progress. Among the competitors are Adelberto, an Argentine, Arturo, a Spanish gypsy, and Rudolf, a Lithuanian. Each has chosen a love song, and each sings as if his heart is far outside the prison walls. Arturo sings for his wife and family, Rudolf, for a young Ukrainian girl, Adelberto, for his grandmother and his girlfriend Pablo. The winner eventually moves on to a larger, system-wide contest, where others--the Mexican Norma, the Bolivian Aurora, and even the Madridista ex-rock star Gordoqui--wait to compete. They, too, sing songs of love, for those that may be close, for those they rarely see, and for those they will never see again.

Film Credits

Director: Carlos Bosch

Producer: Tono Folguera

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