It is not very common for a film to be shot by three different directors. Nevertheless Aitor Arregi was joined by Jon Garaño and José Mari Goenaga, who, following their success with Loreak and Hendía, travelled from the Basque Country to Andalusia to participate in the shooting of ‘The Endless Trench’. Without doubt, they were fascinated by this hitherto largely unknown story which took place during the Spanish Civil War and the following years.
The film is based on the experiences of Manuel Cortés, mayor of the Malaga town of Mijas during the Second Spanish Republic, which he himself narrated in the documentary ‘30 años de oscuridad’ in 2021. For three decades he was forced to hide in his home for fear of being shot by the Francoists. People who found themselves in similar situations in that period were called “the moles”.
Because of their eminently rural and traditional lifestyle, the towns and villages of the Sierra de Huelva maintain an essence which are ideal in terms of taking us back to the period during which the events took place.