The Sleeping Voice

by Benito Zambrano

The Sleeping Voice


Madrid, 1940. A women’s prison in Ventas. General Franco and his army have seized power.
The winners are not satisfied with their victory; they want to exterminate their enemy. Every man and woman who was part of, or supported, the Resistance, or who is just suspected of it, will be hunted down and eradicated without mercy. Repression has become part of life.
All of Spain is a prison.
The women’s prison in Ventas was filled with prisoners of this kind. Women who fought for freedom were now suffering repression, torture and death. Our story deals with the life of these prisoners. A group of women sharing a terrible story.


Born in Lebrija in 1965, Benito Zambrano started his artistic career at a local theatre company and moved on to studying dramatic arts at the Theatre Institute of Sevilla. Eventually, in 1992, he graduated as a
screenplay writer from the International Film & TV School in La Habana, Cuba. His feature film debut, SOLAS (1999), won him five Goya Awards and an audience award at Berlinale alongside a wide number of other international awards. His second feature film, HABANA BLUES, was invited to close A Certain Regard in Cannes 2005 and received two Goya Awards.

Selected filmography
2011 La Voz Dormida
2005 Habana Blues
2001 Padre Coraje (TV miniseries)
1999 Solas
1993 Los que quedaron (documentary)


Inma Cuesta
María León
Marc Clotet
Daniel Holguín
Ana Wagener


Written and directed by: Benito Zambrano based on the novel by Dulce Chacón
Co-Writer: Ignacio del Moral
Producers: Benito Zambrano, Antonio Pérez
Executive Producers: Antonio Pérez
Associate Producer: Ernesto Chao
Cinematographer: Alex Catalán
Editor: Fernando Pardo
Script: Yuyi Beringola
Art Director: Francisco Javier Fernández
Original Sound: Alvaro Silva
Sound Mix: Jorge Marín (Artesonora)
Makeup and Hair: Romana Gonzalez Escribano
Costumes: María José Iglesias Garcia
A Production of: Maestranza Films, Mirada Sur

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / Colour
Length: 128 Min.
Original Language: Spanish


The Sleeping Voice
The Sleeping Voice

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