12 Films about el Camino de Santiago

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Films make our imagination fly and allow us to get into the skin of different characters, transporting us to different worlds and fantastic places. Who has not dreamt of being a pirate after seeing Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean? Who has not imagined accompanying Frodo throughout Middle Earth?, or Who has not fantasized about being Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman?

In this post I bring 12 proposals to walk to Santiago through films and from the comfort of your living room. So you will not get blisters, but the films will entertain you, make you laugh, get you all emotional and make you reflect like if you were walking the way.

1. THE WAY (2010)

The film, starring Martin Sheen, has been responsible for the increase of American pilgrims attempting “El Camino”. Even though the film was not a blockbuster, it has inspired people to fall in love “El camino”.

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2. TRES EN EL CAMINO (2004)

Halfway between a telefilm and a documentary we found this ” little gem”, which gather the stories of three people from around the world, who walked “El Camino” in three different seasons, motivated by different reasons which draw them to very different conclusions.

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3. AL FINAL DEL CAMINO (2009)

Fernando Tejero and Malena Alterio play a couple, a photographer and journalist, who despite hating each other have to work together in a the Camino de Santiago’s report. For six days they will live many anecdotal situations which will make them think.

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4. O APOSTOL (2012)

Animated film “Stop motion”, which tells the story of a convict who tries to recover the loot he hid years ago in a remote village. The film was nominated for a Goya for The Best Animated Film.

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5. CAMINO DE SANTIAGO (1999)

Mini TV soap with a star cast with actors like Anthony Quinn and Charlton Heston. A thriller full of mystery and mysticism based on the royal game of the goose.

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6. LA VÍA LÁCTEA (1969)

Film directed by Luis Buñuel, considered one of the best directors in history, and the first Spanish director to win an Oscar. Buñuel gives his particular vision of the Catholicism using surrealism and non-linear narrative.

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7. LA SINAPSIS DEL CÓDICE (2010)

Fictional documentary that tells the story of Gildeberta of Flanders, the only woman mentioned in the “Codex Calistinus” of the Twelve Century (first Camino de Santiago’s guide that is preserved). The documentary tries to claim the role of women in the Way.

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8. PEREGRINOS (2005)

This dramatic-comedy of French production tells the story of three brothers that despite each other but in order to receive its mother’s inheritance they have to walk “El Camino” first. A long way to walk with lots of time for feelings to come through.

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9. AMERICANO (2005)

“Americano” is a romantic American comedy set in the “San Fermines” of Pamplona and in the Camino de Santiago. As we already familiar with the vision that the Americans have of the spanish culture we should not expect a masterpiece.

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10. CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: EL ORIGEN (2004)

Documentary based on the adventures of a young Frenchman who decides to travel to Santiago de Compostela. It has the appearance of well-known writer and historian Fernando Sanchez Drago, an expert on the Camino de Santiago and mysticism that surrounds it, as he had published several books on the subject.

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11. ICH BIN DANN MAL WEG (BUENO, ME LARGO) (2015)

“Ich Bin Dann mal Weg” (I´m off then) is based on the book of the comedian Hape Kerkeling, who decided to do the Camino de Santiago to change his life habits.

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12. ONDE ESTÁ A FELICIDADE (¿DÓNDE ESTÁ LA FELICIDAD?) (2011)

Brazil is a country where the “Camino de Santiago” is popular thanks to the writer Paulo Coelho and his book “Diary of a magician”. This Brazilian comedy tells the story of a woman who embarks on the adventure after becoming unemployed and without a husband.

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As you know, the Camino de Santiago crosses borders, so several countries have produced or co-produced films and documentaries related to the pilgrimage route. In many cases this is due to the popularity that the Way has acquired through different literary works of well-known writers such as the Brazilian Paulo Coelho and German comedian Hape Kerkeling, but regarding the books relating to the Pilgrimage we will discuss it another time.

I hope you enjoy living the Way through the screen. Regards

Translation: Jessica Gispert.

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Isaac Martínez

Soy diseñador multimedia, hiker experimentado y arquitecto de Rutas en Vojo. Un día descubrí el Camino de Santiago y ya no me lo pude sacar de la cabeza. Me gustaría compartir con todos vosotros la experiencia y conocimientos que he podido adquirir a lo largo de cientos de kilómetros recorridios por esta y otras rutas, y dar a conocer consejos, historias y curiosidades que te ayuden a disfrutar mucho más tu Camino.

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