Deprisa, deprisa

Friends Pablo, Meca and Sebas are armed robbers in Madrid. When Pablo’s new girlfriend Ángela joins them on their crime outings, she dresses as a man. During the robbery of an armoured car, she shoots and kills one of the drivers. Later, a gun battle with the police ensues… Driving around, smoking weed, hanging out in the disco: made in the wake of the Franco dictatorship, the film precisely portrays the attitude of many young people during Spain’s transition to democracy – a time of high unemployment and inflation, drug use and a deluge of media. Cast with amateurs who were, in essence, recreating their own lives, the film hews closely to reality. Carlos Saura was sharply criticised for, while not glorifying them, expressing no judgement of the young criminals. Straightforward and fast-paced, Deprisa, deprisa was an incisive contribution to the quinqui (“delinquency cinema”) film genre that blew a gust of wind through Spanish cinema and revisited the themes of Saura’s feature debut Los golfos (The Delinquents, 1959), which can be considered evidence of his affinity for juvenile outsiders. The film won the Golden Bear in 1981.
by Carlos Saura
with Berta Socuéllamos, José Antonio Valdelomar González, Jesús Arias Aranzeque, José María Hervás Roldán, María del Mar Serrano, Consuelo Pascual, André Falcon
Spain / France 1981 Spanish 100’ Colour World premiere of the digitally restored version | DCP: Video Mercury Films, Madrid


  • Berta Socuéllamos
  • José Antonio Valdelomar González
  • Jesús Arias Aranzeque
  • José María Hervás Roldán
  • María del Mar Serrano
  • Consuelo Pascual
  • André Falcon


Director Carlos Saura
Screenplay Carlos Saura
Cinematography Teo Escamilla
Editing Pablo González del Amo
Sound Bernardo Menz
Production Design Antonio Belizón, Primitivo Alvaro
Costumes Maiki Marín
Make-Up Ramón de Diego
Producer Elias Querejeta
Executive Producer Tony Molière

World sales

Video Mercury Films

Additional information

DCP: Video Mercury Films, Madrid