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Rated NR · 113 minutes


For the participants of the 2005 Festival of Song held at a prison near Madrid, singing love songs isn't just fun, it is, rather, a poignant reminder of those they long for and are without. What begins as a visit to a friend in a Madrid-area penitentiary soon becomes the inspiration for this documentary when filmmaker Carles Bosch stumbles across a karaoke competition in progress. Among the competitors are Adelberto, an Argentine, Arturo, a Spanish gypsy, and Rudolf, a Lithuanian. Each has chosen a love song, and each sings as if his heart is far outside the prison walls. Arturo sings for his wife and family, Rudolf, for a young Ukrainian girl, Adelberto, for his grandmother and his girlfriend Pablo. The winner eventually moves on to a larger, system-wide contest, where others--the Mexican Norma, the Bolivian Aurora, and even the Madridista ex-rock star Gordoqui--wait to compete. They, too, sing songs of love, for those that may be close, for those they rarely see, and for those they will never see again.

Director: Carlos Bosch
Producer: Tono Folguera

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