Only the Brave

Feature documentary by Sonia Herman Dolz about the world of bullfighting in Spain.

The beauty and brutality of the wildly popular and highly controversial sport of bullfighting are exposed without judgement in Romance De Valentia. Director Sonia Herman Dolz travels beyond the ring to create a stunning portrait of this almost exclusively male world: the breeding of bulls, the training of a young torero, the elaborate ritual of costuming — even what happens to the bull after the fight. The film focuses on Enrique Ponce, a handsome, 20-year old rising star in the ring, following him through a summer of fights that end in an innovative triumph(for man and beast alike). This lush vision of the most macho of blood sports is, interestingly, directed and photographed by women (the latter Ellen Kuras, won Sundance’s award for best cinematography for her work on Swoon).

Original title: Romance De Valentía



Credits: Photography Ellen Kuras / Editor Andrez De Jong / Sound Stephan Warnas / Composer Leo Anemaet / Production Associates Gary Marvin And Sian Busby

A Scorpio Films production in co-production with VPRO Television.

Made with the participation of The Dutch Film Fund and The Dutch CoBO Fund.

Sales Agent: Netherlands Public Broadcasting

Sold to: BBC England, SBS Australia, ONCE TV Mexico, TV 1000Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Finland, AT5 Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Versions: Spanish with Dutch and English subtitles, colour, 89 minutes

Copyright: Ryninks Holding BV/VPRO 1997

Golden Hugo for best Documentary, Chicago 1994
Best Documentary, Troy 1994



1 comment to “Only the Brave”

  • Fritz, 5 maart 2016 at 16:32

    where can i find this documentary? i would love to watch it. i can not find this documentary anywhere.
    with kind regards,


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