Saturday, April 25, 2009

"3 Dias" ("Before the fall") wins the Silver Melies for the Best European Fantastic Film in the 25th Amsterdam Int'l Fantastic Film Festival

The jury [Martin Koolhoven (director), Clementine van Wijngaarden (VARA Guide) and Hisko Hulsing (animator / cartoonist)] awarded the SILVER MELIES 2009 for the Best European Fantastic Film of the 25th AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL to "Before the fall" ("Tres Dias")

"We awarded a great film. It’s a mix to your heart's content of elements from the horror, apocalyptic and serial killer genre, with drama, romance and even with philosophical impact: Is a man predestined to follow his instincts, even if he knows that any action is futile considering there is a rapidly approaching apocalypse?".

By winning the Silver MELIES, "Before the fall" is automatically nominated for the Golden MELIES 2009 (The European Fantastic Film Fesderation's Award for the Best European Motion Picture of the Year).

Monday, April 13, 2009

"3 Dias" ("Before the fall") - Latest reviews

"F. Javier Gutiérrez gives us a mostly effects free film that creates an intimate but intense drama about what's important in life even as the world is about to end." (San Diego Latino Film Festival)

"One of the more unexpected films in the festival; a dazzling hybrid of end-of-the-world science fiction, bloody western-style thriller and a family drama. The result is a wholly original thinking-person’s genre film." (Philadelphia International Film Festival)

"Beautifully apocalyptic...full of moments of beauty, which are really very impressive...look forward to amazing photography, and a good exploration of how much we should protect innocence." (

"Bold and original ****." (

"Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez's outstanding genre-bending post-apocalyptic serial killer chiller Before the Fall (aka Tres Días) accomplishes what all great thriller should strive for, which is, of course, to take a concept that works, restructure the entire formula, and deliver an original, nail-biting experience" (The Film Fiend)

"A very humanistic drama, showing man's faith in one another even in the face of hopelessness ****." (

"Like a kick in the head that leaves you seeing those beautiful whirling stars (and then you learn you've got a concussion), Before the Fall is scarily memorable." (

"A beautiful film ...a fascinating movie ****." (

"Before The Fall is a beautifully shot apocalyptic tragedy, an existentialist western and an action thriller all in one." (Brussels Int. Fantastic Film Festival)

"Not content to just end the world or just offer up a psycho thriller, F. Javier Gutierrez combines the most terrifying and thrilling from both and the result is every bit as tense, disturbing and original as one could hope for... Before The Fall is deep, emotionally-charged and captivating ****." (Wildside Cinema)

"Super effective mix of suspense, horror, sci-fi, serial-killer and drama *****." (Precriticas)

"One of the greatest works of the Spanish cinema in recent years. ****" (Cinema Fantastique)

"I highly recommend it".
(Jacqueline Cruz, Forces of Geek)