Óscar Bernàcer | Drama

2020 | 20 minutes | Spain

As the Spanish Civil War winds down, the Port of Alicante is a beacon of desperation and hope. Thousands await ships hired by the Republic to escape.


In 1939, as the Spanish Civil War draws to a chaotic close, the Port of Alicante becomes a beacon of desperation and hope. Thousands anxiously await ships hired by the Republic for escape. Among them is Joan, a man who has lost everything to the war, accompanied by his young daughter Maria. As the cargo ship Stanbrook sits docked, Captain Archibald Dickson and his crew prepare for a vital shipment. When the expected boats fail to arrive, Dickson takes it upon himself to embark on a rescue mission. With nearly 3,000 refugees facing the brutal oppression of Franco's regime, the Stanbrook becomes a symbol of survival and solidarity in the face of adversity. This historical narrative, set against the backdrop of one of Spain's greatest human exoduses, offers a poignant reflection on the resilience of the human spirit. Recognized for its excellence, Stanbrook is an ideal choice for educators seeking to engage students in discussions of history, exile, and the enduring quest for freedom.

Main credits

Bernàcer, Óscar (film director)
Bernàcer, Óscar (screenwriter)
Martínez Ortueta, Joana (film producer)
Mellor, Jonathan (actor)
Fígols, Àngel (actor)
Lizondo, Lucía (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Víctor Entrecanales; editing, Vicente Navarro; music, Iván Capillas.

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SEMINCI Valladolid International Film Festival - “La Noche del Corto Español” Award; Valencia HUMANS FEST International Human Rights Film Festival - Valencia Selection Best Screenplay, Mention to the Best Short Film; Sonorama International Film Festival - Jury Award Best Foreign Short Film; Roots of Europe International Film Festival in Vitoria - Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects; Alicante Film Festival - Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actor; Fugaz Awards. CortoEspaña - Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Costume, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography; Sax International FIlm Festival - Special Mention; Iberian Film Festival - Audience Award; Cerdanya International Film Festival - Best Cinematography

DIRECTOR: Óscar Bernàcer


YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Drama

LANGUAGE: Arabic; Other languages; Catalan; Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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