Carlos is spending the summer in the country with his family in order to help out with things. Perhaps he won’t even be returning to the capital, as economic prospects are hardly rosy there either. Extremadura on the other hand, sparsely populated and for a long time one of the most neglected regions in Europe, is experiencing a tentative upturn. Tourism and modernisation rub shoulders with almost archaic customs and a conservative, mostly elderly population here. “You don’t look like you’re from here”, remarks Juan when they meet. “I’m not from here“ replies Carlos, “I live in Madrid.” Whether to be from here or elsewhere is a decision that many here have to make. SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS depicts all this in casual, unobtrusive fashion, in images that have at times a truly otherworldly beauty. The central theme is the love story between the newly returned Carlos and the young policeman Juan.