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Films From Spain

“The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist and guerilla leader Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara is instantly recognisable as a symbol of rebellion ... Read more
“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” - Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara ... In 1965, already an icon in his own lifetime, Che Guevara embarked on an ultimately doomed attempt to bring the revolution to the rest of Latin America. His final campaign ... Read more
Cinema Dali France/SpainWith the total cooperation of the Salvador Dali Foundation, director Xavi Figueras' investigative documentary reorganises and returns to the screen the cream of over 40 hours of rare archival images from around the world, shedding new light on the eccentric life of the ... Read more
“Reflections, philosophically and politically sophisticated, on the relationship of film to reality, time, place, memory and death mix with subtle, telling, elegant images to produce intellectually provocative cinema.” - Time Out London ... An ongoing project of Barcelona's Centre of ... Read more
Once again, Carlos Saura returns to the Spanish Civil War and its effects upon his country's social and intellectual life. The protagonist, Luis, played by Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, comes to Segovia from Barcelona, bringing his mother's remains to be re-buried there. He visits his aunt, whom he ... Read more
Four friends reunited reminisce and mourn for lost youth. From director Jia Zhang-ke, whose feature films were profiled at MIFF in 2008. ... --- D/S Jia Zhangke P Zhang Dong, Eva Lam WS Xtreme Pictures L Mandarin w/English subtitles TD XXXX/2008 ... Read more
Jaime Chavarri is known in Australia only for his 1977 feature To An Unknown God, an intense drama remembering a past which involved a night of murder and the unseen presence of the poet, Federico Garcia Lorca ... His first feature film since then is Dedicatoria, also produced by Elias Querejeta ... Read more
Mexico 1949; Coral Fabre, a buxom, sensual, young nurse and mother, meets Nico who uses his looks to take advantage of women. Coral, immediately attracted to him, abandons her children and delves into his shady past to discover that he had murdered his wife. Putting this sensitive information to ... Read more
Consisting of just two shots, Devil's Hooves at Dusk is a highly stylised surrealistic film concerning a bizarre party organised for Lucia by her mother, the principal question being whether Lucia will turn up herself. An hilarious contemporary Spanish piece openly paying tribute to the master ... Read more
Dulcinea is based on the tragi-comedy by Gaston Baty, the grand homme of the French theatre. ... Whilst on his death bead Don quixote sends the ever- faithful Sancho Panza with a letter to his beloved "Dulcinea". Sancho delivers the letter to a serving wench, Aldoza, who is so affected by the ... Read more
Angel, a soil fumigator with a personality dis­order, drives in his white van to a Martian-red landscape to rid the local vineyards of a persistent plague of woodlice. His unsettling habit of conversing with himself out loud mirrors deeper confusions about love, metaphysics and the nature of ... Read more
Rodrigo, a young man who is deaf living in the slums of Brazilian city Recife, installs car stereos to make money for himself and his daughter. Gradually piecing together his life, the film paints a touching portrait of an optimistic man rising above everything life throws at him. ... D/S Gabriel ... Read more
“All the evil in the world comes from the fact we care about one another.” ... Now in his 100th year, the world's oldest working filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira brings another great work to MIFF after last year's Christopher Columbus - The Enigma and 2007's Belle Toujours. ... Based on a short ... Read more
Based on a classic by an anonymous author, Lazarc de Tormes' adventurer and misfortunes on the roads of 16th century Castille make up a lively and human story in the mainstream of this Spanish picaresque production. Lazaro was born on the banks of the River Tormes, from which he took his name, and ... Read more
A slightly surrealist story of a man who longs to conform to society. Society, in this instance, is represented by everyone wearing red hats. ... Read more
In this new film by Carlos Saura,Fernando Rey plays the part of an ageing father, a recluse living amonng his books in the Castilian countryside,and Geraldine Chaplin plays his daughter, Elisa. She comes to staywith her father after she discovered ... that her husband was having an affair ... with ... Read more
“There's something of late period Woody Allen about Empty Nest's combination of tricksy plot structure, writerly self-consciousness and intelligent romantic comedy with a bitter edge.” - Screen International ... From one of Latin America's most celebrated filmmakers, Daniel Burman (Every ... Read more
Enrique Morente, one of the world's greatest living flamenco artists, takes us on a musical tour of Spain's finest monument - Granada's Alhambra palace - in a vibrant tribute to Spain's Andalucian culture, spanning music, dance and architecture. The film is structured around Morente's dream ... Read more
A truly marvellous counterpoint to "Time", This sensitive portrayal of Basque peasant life effortlessly achieves a deeply moving poetic vision that responds to the "figures" and ... movements of a popular ballad. At a crucial point in the film colour is allowed to penetrate the soft white and grey ... Read more
Miguel Picazo. best known for his 1964 neo-realist classic, AUNT TULA, returns to the international limelight with his latest feature, set in a Spanish convent during the inquisition. ... It is a story of two socially committed nuns caught in an atmosphere of ignorance, hunger, drought and disease ... Read more
Encounter the music from Portugal that is conquering the world. ... Fado, the Portugese national song of passion, sorrow and remembrance born from the slums of 19th-century Lisbon, is the subject of Carlos Saura's (Flamenco, Tango) haunting and memorable film. Shot entirely on a sound stage with ... Read more
Fausto 5.0 left an indelible mark on audiences at Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Set in a part sci-fi Barcelona - street signs appear in foreign languages and visual elements of the past meld with an imagined future - Fausto 5.0 readily departs from the moral oppositions of Goethe's original ... Read more
"There's something undeniably compelling about so much bizarreness." - Variety ... Two Russian ghosts take a 'spiritual' journey through the north of Spain, hunting a great oracle who will offer them the chance to be reborn. Through snow-covered fields, forests of plastic ears and flocks of ... Read more
A curious alchemy of lights and shades brings to life the fabulous carvings of the National Museum of Images in Valladolid and the altar of Medina de Rioseco. masterpieces by the Castilian sculptor Alonso Beruguete. First prize, Institute of Hispanic Culture. ... Read more
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