Like Seven Days in January, The Deputy is a film deeply rooted in the period of Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. It tells the story of a closeted left-wing politician whose affair with an adolescent boy exposes him to a blackmail plot orchestrated by right-wing political rivals. Directed by the gay socialist filmmaker Eloy de la Iglesia, the film explores the political, social and cultural upheaval that accompanied La Transición and it does so in a taboo busting way that was itself made possible by the end of cinematic censorship following Franco’s death.

Part of the retrospective States of Danger and Deceit: European Thrillers in the 1970s (presented by HOME / supported by the BFI). The full list of titles in the retrospective at LIFF 2017 is as follows: The Day of the JackalThe DeputyDon't Torture a DucklingThe FlightInvestigation of a Citizen Above SuspicionThe Lost Honour of Katharina BlumThe Man on the RoofThe Mattei AffairSeven Days in JanuaryState of SiegeZ.

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