For his second-to-last film, Berlanga mischievously sets the action in the infamous Valencia prison—on a holiday organized in honor of political prisoners. A motley mix of political prisoners, Fascists, clergy, thespians, and clueless parvenus dine together for an unlikely gala dinner. But the strange mix gets stranger when a contractor in attendance makes a last-ditch gonzo attempt to collect payment from the State for installing bathrooms. Winner of the Goya awards for both Best Picture and Best Director.