7 virgins

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German title 7 virgins
Original title 7 vírgenes
Country of production Spain
original language Spanish
Publishing year 2005
length 86 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Alberto Rodríguez Librero
script Alberto Rodríguez Librero,
Rafael Cobos López
production José Antonio Félez ,
Gervasio Iglesias
music Julio de la Rosa
camera Álex Catalán
cut José MG Moyano


7 Virgins (Original title: 7 vírgenes ) is a Spanish film by the director Alberto Rodríguez from 2005. The drama about the 16-year-old Tano, underlined by Latin jazz and hip-hop , illuminates the milieu of criminal youth .

The title refers to the naive popular belief, which is also thematized in the film, that you can see your future if you put a candle in front of a mirror and then stare at yourself for 60 seconds. This procedure is called the seven virgins in Andalusia .


The 16-year-old Tano is in the youth prison. He has 48 hours of free time to attend his older brother's wedding . Tano uses this time to pay a detailed visit to his neighborhood. With his friends he savored his short period of freedom. But his unleashed lust for life will ultimately be his undoing.


The film was shot on locations in Seville , Andalusia . None of Tano's friends were played by professional actors. The amateur actors were found auditioning at local schools.

After the film had already been shown on September 17, 2005 during the San Sebastián Film Festival , the official film launch in Spain was on October 14, 2005. In Germany, the film was released on November 9, 2006 by Kool-Filmverleih.


7 Virgos received a generally positive response in the press . The Filmernst project of the State Institute for School and Media Berlin-Brandenburg LISUM recommends the film not only for Spanish lessons, but also for the subjects of lifestyle, ethics, religion and social studies.

Sebastian Gosman sees in the cut - Das Filmmagazin even similarities with Cidade de Deus .


Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián 2005

  • Nomination in the Best Film category
  • Silver Shell in the Best Male Leading Actor category for Juan José Ballesta

Spanish Film Award 2005

  • Goya in the Best Young Actor category for Jesús Carroza

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Release certificate for 7 virgins . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2006 (PDF; test number: 107 986 K).
  2. Filmernst.de the National Institute for School and Media Berlin-Brandenburg (LISUM), accessed on February 7, 2015
  3. ^ Filmstarts.de , accessed on February 7, 2015
  4. Filmernst.de recommendation and collection of press reviews, accessed on February 7, 2015
  5. Koolfilm.de collection of Press, accessed on February 7, 2015
  6. ^ Sansebastianfestival.com , accessed February 7, 2015