Directed by Iván Zulueta • 1979 • Spain
Starring Eusebio Poncela, Cecilia Roth, Will More
Hailed as “an absolute modern classic” by Pedro Almodóvar, this legendary cult film by underground Spanish filmmaker and movie-poster designer Iván Zulueta is the final word on cinemania: a dimension-shattering blend of heroin, sex, and Super 8. Horror-movie director José (Eusebio Poncela) is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. As his belated second feature nears completion, his reclusive bubble is popped by two events: a sudden reappearance from an ex-girlfriend and a package from past acquaintance Pedro (Will More) containing a reel of Super 8 film, an audiotape, and a door key. From there, the boundaries of time, space, and sexuality are erased as José is once more sucked into Pedro’s vampiric orbit. Together, they attempt the ultimate hallucinogenic catharsis through a Möbius strip of filming and being filmed. A towering feat of counterculture cinema, ARREBATO (“Rapture”) creates a genre all its own.