Cinema in Galicia

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Galicia is one of the most beautiful regions of Spain and on several occasions its landscapes have been featured in important films and television series, for example:

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El desorden que dejas (2020) - SERIES

“El desorden que dejas” is a Spanish television series based on the novel of the same name by Carlos Montero. The plot follows Raquel, a literature teacher who starts working at a high school in the rural town of Novariz. He soon discovers that his predecessor, Viruca, died in mysterious circumstances and faces a hostile environment from students and colleagues.


The series was filmed mainly in Celanova, a village of just over 5500 inhabitants. Celanova Secondary School, where key scenes in the plot take place, is part of the monastery of San Salvador. Other locations include the village of Ribadavia, the Roman baths of Bande and the Ribeira Sacra. They create an environment dominated by nature and mystery.

Fariña (2018) - SERIES

“Fariña” is a Spanish television series based on the book of the same name by Nacho Carretero. The plot is set in the region of Galicia during the 1980s and 1990s and focuses on the rise and fall of drug trafficking in the region.

The series follows the story of Sito Miñanco, a Galician fisherman who becomes involved in drug trafficking. As Sito immerses himself in the world of cocaine smuggling, he becomes one of the main traffickers in Galicia. However, his growing power and wealth also attract the attention of the authorities and other rival drug traffickers.

In parallel, the series shows the struggle of law enforcement agents, led by Judge Baltasar Garzón, to dismantle the drug trafficking network and bring the criminals to justice.

In this series, the people of Rías Baixas appear in all their splendour: medieval villages such as Noia, islands such as A Toxa, and manor houses such as Baión in Vilanova de Arousa.

"El apóstol" (2012) - Galician movie

El apóstol (2012) - FILM

The plot follows Ramón, a convict who escapes from prison and takes refuge in a small Galician village. There, he discovers an ancient map indicating the location of a hidden treasure.

While searching for the treasure, Ramón encounters peculiar characters and enters into a series of supernatural events. He soon discovers that the town is inhabited by ghostly beings and monstrous creatures that seem to have their own secrets and motivations. As he goes on his quest, Ramon faces dangers and challenges that test his courage and determination.

As the story unfolds, connections between the characters and their personal histories are revealed, exploring themes of redemption, forgiveness and the struggle against inner demons.

The main locations include various towns and landscapes in Galicia, such as the Rías Baixas, the city of Santiago de Compostela and the Camino de Santiago.. The film captures the beauty and atmosphere of the Galician region, with its traditional architecture, forests and natural landscapes. “O Apóstolo” uses Galician aesthetics as an integral part of its narrative.

La lengua de las mariposas (1999) - FILM

The main character is Moncho, a six-year-old boy who is starting his first year at school. Moncho develops a close relationship with his teacher, Don Gregorio, who becomes his mentor and guide. Through Don Gregorio’s teachings, Moncho discovers the world of nature, poetry and freedom of thought. The relationship between Moncho and his master blossoms as they explore together the beauty of the Galician countryside and the progressive ideas of the time. However, war and political intolerance begin to affect their relationship. Moncho’s father, a republican, is threatened by growing political conflicts and tensions, which endangers the family’s stability. As the political situation worsens, the film shows how Moncho’s innocence is torn apart by violence and hatred. The story focuses on Moncho’s awakening to reality and the events that force him to grow up quickly.

It was filmed mainly in the province of A Coruña, Galicia, in northern Spain. The main locations where the filming took place include the town of La Coruña and its surroundings. The film captures the atmosphere and the beauty of GaliciaThe exhibition, showing coastal landscapes, historic cities and architectural elements of the region. In particular, some important scenes take place in La Coruña and its surroundings, providing an authentic context for the plot of the film, which is set during the last days of the Second Spanish Republic.

Finally, if you want to visit the places where these series and films were filmed, you can visit the page of GALICIA TRAVELS where you will find the various excursions available in these places.