The famous stage actor Rafael Álvarez, ‘El Brujo’, goes mad trying to stage Don Quixote of La Mancha, just as Alonso Quijano went mad reading chivalry romances. His obsession is to prove the Arab origins of the novel, as Cervantes himself claims in chapter IX of the book, attributing its authorship to a certain Cide Hamete Benengeli, an Arab historian. Chumilla-Carbajosa, a filmmaker and a personal friend of the actor, travels in search of answers while ‘El Brujo’ rehearses his show with the intention of revealing to the world his surprising discoveries about the myth of Don Quixote and an alleged secret society called Los Caballeros de la Palabra (The Knights of the Word).
Filmmaker, writer and multidisciplinary artist trained at Rome’s CSC. Discovered by Elías Querejeta, he has combined his career as a director and producer with other artistic forms of expression such as literature, photography or design. His latest films are constantly poised between fiction and documentary in a balance that defines his singular style. His works include the feature films ‘El infierno prometido’ (1993-2013), which showed as part of the Special Screenings programme at the 58th Valladolid Festival), ‘The Unmaking of’ (Special Mention at Meeting Point in 2010), ‘Desnudos desnudos’ (2003) and ‘El agua de la vida’ (2008).