The Thirteen Roses

April 1939. Set during the Spanish Civil War - three years of military conflict between those defending the legitimate Republic and the Fascists who wanted to take power and establish a dictatorship. With the entrance of General Franco’s troops into Madrid, the war was almost over and the fascists were triumphant. Fearing the bloody repression that was approaching, many Republicans fled the country, while others could not or did not want to, such as the young protagonists of this true story. Franco promised that only those who had blood on their hands would be punished. However, 13 women, whose only crime was supporting the Republic, were executed. This is their story.

**The screening of 'The Thirteen Roses' will be followed by a discussion on "The Importance of the Past in Hispanic Countries", guided by Dr José Saval from the University of Edinburgh.


"A director with a talent for drama and, even more so, for comedy. Emilio Martínez-Lázaro aims to avoid the many traps into which such films often fall. HIs efforts paid off; the film succeeds in communicating the natural lightheartedness of life for several naive young girls, and when it grapples with the representation of dramatic moments, it achieves something more than tears....The result is a film worth seeing; forceful and moving." (Mirito Torreiro, Fotogramas)

"A faithful reconstruction of the holds your interest as if it were a thriller." (Francisco Marinero, Diario El Mundo)

"Some of the best young actresses in Spanish cinema have been recruited for 'Thirteen Roses', as is the case of Pilar López de Ayala and Marta Etura. Both women are splendid, equal to Verónica Sánchez, who is also truly good." (Mary Carmen Rodríguez, Las Horas Perdidas)


  • October 9, 2014 (5.30pm)


  • Emilio Martínez Lázaro

Main Cast

  • Verónica Sánchez, Pilar López de Ayala, Marta Etura, Bárbara Lennie

Release Year

  • 2007