|Festival of New Spanish Cinema|
November 4 - December 1
AFI Silver hosts the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a traveling series of some of the best films to come out of Spain this year. Organized by Pragda. Supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC, and the Ministry of Culture of Spain-ICAA. Additional support comes from Iberia Airlines, American Airlines, Martín Códax Albariño and Las Rocas Garnacha. Special thanks to Marta Sanchez, festival organizer. For film information, trailers and more, visit pragda.com.
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Film notes courtesy of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema.
EVERY SONG IS ABOUT ME [Todas las Canciones Hablan de Mí]
In Person: writer/director Jonás Trueba and writer Daniel Gascón on November 4
A Woody Allen-esque romantic comedy infused with the spirit of the French New Wave, this acclaimed debut film from Jonás Trueba tells the story of Ramiro, an immature thirty-something wannabe poet. After his six-year relationship with Andrea fizzles, he tries to move on, but he can't help it: It's Andrea he wants. Up-and-coming Trueba captures the confusion of a generation haunted by music and books, by the need to find a path amid the certainty of uncertainty and by the compulsion to find love when love has become but the topic of yet another indie-pop song. Nominated, Best New Director and Best New Actor, 2011 Goya Awards.
DIR/SCR Jonás Trueba; SCR Daniel Gascón; PROD Gerardo Herrero. Spain, 2010, color, 104 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Also part of the AFI European Union Film Showcase.
Fri, Nov 4, 7:00, reception to follow; Mon, Nov 7, 5:00
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THE GREAT VÁZQUEZ [El Gran Vázquez]
This madcap, amorally funny biopic dramatizes the life of influential Spanish cartoonist Manuel Vazquez Gallego in 1960s Barcelona. Vazquez artfully dodges anyone he owes money, cheating his bosses and marrying gaily, collecting one
family after another, until a dull accountant at his publishing house decides it's time for him to toe the line. With a cigarette permanently dangling from his lip, Santiago Segura, best known as the director and star of the successful saga TORRENTE, plays the artist as a compulsive bigamist and con man who steals from one wife to give to another. Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2011 Goya Awards; Official Selection, 2010 San Sebastian and Mar del Plata Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Óscar Aibar; PROD Miriam Porté. Spain, 2010, color, 106 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Also part of the AFI European Union Film Showcase.
Sat, Nov 19, 12:45; Sun, Nov 20, 7:10
WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE [Una Hora Más en Canarias]
This fast-moving screwball musical comedy is the third feature by successful director (SOCCER DAYS) and scriptwriter (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED) David Serrano. Married superbitch Claudia (Colombian star Angie Cepeda) has been dumped by her lover, Pablo. Aided by her sister Monica (Juana Acosta, CARLOS), Claudia plots to win him back. From reunions with mysterious, rediscovered fathers, to loves lost, found and lost again, to flying lovers, every hour on the island becomes more absurd than the next, leaving to question whether these characters can survive one hour, let alone one more, in the Canary Islands.
DIR/SCR David Serrano; SCR Olga Iglesias Durán; PROD Tomás Cimadevilla. Spain, 2010, color, 97 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Fri, Nov 25, 7:00; Sun, Nov 27, 7:40
LOVESTORMING [No Controles]
With all flights canceled after the heaviest snowfall in three decades, heartbroken Sergio (Unax Ugalde) is stranded on New Year's Eve with his annoying motor-mouthed former classmate, Juancarlitros. Propelled by his friend's persistence and assisted by an eccentric team of strangers, Sergio attempts to win back his ex-girlfriend with a sure-to-be-legendary party in the hotel's penthouse. Romance and rambunctiousness sit cheerfully hand-in-hand in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Borja Cobeaga's hilarious box office hit.
DIR/SCR Borja Cobeaga; SCR Diego San José; PROD Tomás Cimadevilla, Mercedes Gamero. Spain, 2010, color, 96 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Fri, Nov 25, 9:00; Wed, Nov 30, 9:10
80 DAYS [80 Egunean]
Forbidden to develop their budding passion, childhood girlfriends Axun (Itziar Aizpuru) and Maite (Mariasun Pagoaga) embarked on very different paths in life. Fifty years later, the women are reunited and given another chance to explore their unrequited love. This touching story of illicit desire is handled with warmth, delicacy and humor by Basque directors Jon Garaño and José Mari Goenaga; with stirring performances by Aizpuru and Pagoaga, whose onscreen chemistry brings this love story to life. Film Commission Award, 2010 San Sebastian Film Festival; Official Selection, 2010 Karlovy Vary and London Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Jon Garano, José Mari Goenaga; PROD Xabier Berzosa. Spain, 2010, color, 105 min. In Basque with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sat, Nov 26, 6:30; Mon, Nov 28, 9:30
A family's first night in their new home goes horrifically wrong when they are held hostage by a group of unknown criminals. A sensation at Austin's Fantastic Fest, where it won Best Horror Feature, this taut, high-octane thriller, shot in fewer than a dozen intricately choreographed takes, creates an accurate and terrifying portrait of a home invasion. Filmmaker Miguel Ángel Vivas' camera roams with a restless energy, capturing the action in real time. A fresh take on a common genre tale, Vivas' directing style, rich characters and unrelenting gruesome detail make this a modern-day horror classic. (Courtesy of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema)
DIR/SCR Miguel Ángel Vivas; SCR Javier Garcia; PROD Vérane Frediani, Emma Lustres, Borja Pena, Franck Ribiére. Spain, 2010, color, 85 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED. Contains graphic violence not suitable for all audiences.
Sat, Nov 26, 8:45
WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? [Quién Puede Matar a un Nino?]
Kids strike back at adults in this chilling cult horror film from master Narcisco Ibáñez Serrador. This unflinchingly horrific and unapologetically downbeat film was heavily censored for its American release in 1976 as ISLAND OF THE DAMNED. Like another horror masterpiece, ROSEMARY'S BABY, Ibáñez Serrador's film builds up slowly, without giving a hint of the horror that's to come and climaxing with a battle for survival as terrifying and nihilistic as anything in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. One of the best horror films of the past 30 years, it's been imitated many times but has never been beaten.
DIR/SCR Narciso Ibáñez Serrador; SCR based on the novel by Juan José Plans. Spain, 1976, color, 107 min. In English, Spanish and German with English subtitles. RATED R
Sat, Nov 26, 10:45
HALF OF OSCAR [La Mitad de Oscar]
An exploration of familial taboos, Manuel Martín Cuenca's quiet and austere third feature delves into the deepest regions of the human soul. The windswept beaches and mountains of Almeria are an area rarely portrayed in Spanish cinema, but one that Cuenca uses as a central character in this poignant film about impossible loves. Oscar is a security guard in a semiabondoned salt mine. Maria is his sister, who disappeared without a trace two years ago. When she returns to their hometown, pregnant and with a boyfriend, the tension is silent but palpable and fraught with an unspeakable secret. Official Selection, 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
DIR/SCR/PROD Manuel Martín Cuenca; SCR Alejandro Hernández; PROD Joan Borrell Mayeur, Camilo Vives. Spain/Cuba, 2010, color, 89 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Sun, Nov 27, 9:40; Tue, Nov 29, 9:20
BICYCLE, SPOON, APPLE [Bicicleta, Cullera, Poma]
In 2007, Pasqual Maragall, the former mayor of Barcelona and president of Catalonia, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. This documentary is an up-close and personal account of his steadfast determination to beat the disease and the strength and support of his family during his struggle to fight it. Following Maragall for two years, director Carles Bosch (who helmed the Oscar-nominated documentary BALSEROS) creates an intimate portrait of the man and his family, expanding his focus to doctors and scientists for a more complete picture of Alzheimer's, its myths and the current state of research. Best Documentary, 2011 Goya Awards and Gaudi Awards.
DIR/SCR Carles Bosch; PROD Oriol Ivern. Spain, 2010, color, 105 min. In English, Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Mon, Nov 28, 7:00
A cast of renowned Spanish actors enlivens in this spectacular romantic epic about the life and loves of immortal dramatist and swashbuckling adventurer Lope de Vega. He is a man ruled by his passions, and more condemned than commended for his eviscerating wit. Acclaimed director Andrucha Waddington (THE HOUSE OF SAND) portrays Baroque Madrid with a gritty realism; however, grimy fingernails and greasy hair are no deterrent to the swashbuckling appeal of Alberto Ammann and his excellent portrayal of the passionate Lope, nor the wonderful Golden Globe nominee Sonia Braga as Paquita. Official Selection, 2010 Toronto, Venice and Palm Springs Film Festivals.
DIR/PROD Andrucha Waddinton; SCR/PROD Jordi Gasull; SCR Ignacio del Moral; PROD Mercedes Gamero, Edmon Roch, Teddy Villalba. Spain/Brazil, 2010, color, 106 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED
Tue, Nov 29, 7:10; Thu, Dec 1, 4:45