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An elliptical blend of documentary and fiction, The Legend of Time is an exploration of two lives on the native island of Spain's legendary flamenco singer, Camarón. The first tale in this film follows teenager Israel Gomez Romero, growing up (fast) in a boisterous gypsy family. The lively ... Read more
Vicente Aranda's big-budget omnibus, center­ing on female soldiers during the Spanish Civil War, has all the winning ingredients: peren­nially controversial history, spellbinding visuals and polished production. Maria, a wide-eyed young nun who is forced to flee her Barcelona convent by the ... Read more
"About Live Flesh I can only say that it is the most disquieting film I have ever made and the one that has caused me the most unease." - Pedro Almodovar ... "Almodovar is back on top form with Live Flesh, a heady concoction of carnage, carnality and Catholicism that owes more to the works of Luis ... Read more
Carlos Saura, young director of this Spanish film, depicts a Spain rarely seen on the screen. Shot entire!y on location, Los Golfos concerns a group of hooligans who live in a Madrid suburb. Hoping to raise themselves into society, they decide to collect enough money to enable one of their members ... Read more
With almost 100 film projects to his credit, Raoul Ruiz has a firm place among the great directors of our time. The Lost Domain masterfully blends political and personal themes in a story about friendship and the test of time. This intricately structured plot starts in 1932 where 10-year-old Max is ... Read more
A film version of the "fotonovela", or popular magazine story told in terms of photos and captions. Roberto Alonso faithfully retains all the irrational imagery, dialogue, plot, in his satire on this boy meets girl genre. ... Read more
A man, a very tight pair of trousers and a bull... ... Read more
Santiago, Chile, 1973. A reserved boy from an upper-middle-class family, Gonzalo is warily edging towards adolescence. But his ordinary hardships, joys and rites of passage are charged with inordinate tension. The country drifts towards civil war as Gonzalo's own family life - tempered by political ... Read more
In 1972 Carlos Saura made the film Ana and the Wolves. This story of a young woman's visit to a decaying household populated by a range of establishment figures (army, church, law) was, in its day, a virulent attack upon the Franco regime. It caused months of wrangling between the censors and ... Read more
A beautiful and passionate story from Galicia, the poorest region of rural Spain, from which most of the able men have emigrated in waves many years ago. The story of a woman who waits forty years for news of her son, ... now in Mexico. ... Read more
“After I scored, I started running as if I'd stolen an Englishman's wallet.” - Diego Maradona ... Serbian director Emir Kusturica presents an intimate portrait of Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona. An examination of his god-like status in international football and popular culture ... Read more
Maria Maravillas is a fifteen-year-old girl whose ageing father, an unemployed photographer, steals her money for his little erotic vices. Fortunately, Maravillas — as she likes to be called — has some good old 'godfathers', all sephardic Jews, who visit and care about her as true ... Read more
"[A] sweet, hip homage to Buenos Aires and love in the visual, virtual age." - Hollywood Reporter ... With all the big-city bustle and romantic neuroses of a Woody Allen film, Medianeras is a portrait of two star-crossed thirty-somethings, isolated in their tiny apartments, insulated by an online ... Read more
A performance art piece that deals with confrontation and dance, as well as dance as a confronting experience. ... Read more
Victor Ventura is a wanna-be actor struggling for survival in a rapacious Madrid, a hapless Hugh Grant type whose earnest approach to life has thus far found him delivering more pizzas than lines. Victor's luck changes when he gets two breaks: an audition for a Hollywood film and a lucrative job at ... Read more
This tale of working class characters caught in a down­ward spiral of their own and society's weaknesses could be considered amongst Ken Loach's best work. As befits his reputation, this is a no holds barred examination of the daily tribulations of marginal personalities. Loach's leading man ... Read more
Nanocam, a trip into biodiversity is the fulldome show that shrinks you down to the size of an insect and flies you through the eye of a needle. It offers a unique, motivating, didactic and funny approach to living things that has never been seen like this before. A planetarium, two young guys ... Read more
A seventy-three year old spinster spies on a young couple in an apartment across the block. She watches as they make love. She is a spinster, she has never experienced sex, and she is profoundly affected by the beauty of what she sees. ... One day they meet and she becomes friendly with the young ... Read more
“A bitter view of rural Spanish life rarely matched since Mario Camus' 80s brutal backwoods classic The Holy Innocents.” - Variety Unfurling through six interconnected parts, each pushing a different character to the fore, The Night of the Sunflowers is a gripping and impeccably acted thriller ... Read more
With a dazzling cast, eye-popping special effects and delicious plot twists, this new thriller sends Spanish cinema into the 21st century with a rush. It is the height of Seville's Holy Week, an event that paralyses the city and inspires religious fervour. Simon makes his living devising crossword ... Read more
Gloria becomes an alcoholic prostitute in Mexico after the maiming of her Toreador husband. Having been embroiled in a shootout between Mexican gangsters and police, she uses a stolen address book to try to obtain a share of the money which is being laundered by the Mexi­cans in Madrid ... Read more
“Very possibly the Next Big Thing for world music mavens and hipster armchair travelers alike.” - Variety Imagine a glockenspiel made out of roofing beams and you're halfway to conjuring the txalparta, an ancient musical instrument that takes two Basque men around the world in search of a ... Read more
Alejandro Amenábar's follow up to the phenomenal Tesis, his 1995 debut which scooped seven Goyas (the Spanish Oscar). From a darkened cell in the psychiatric wing of a high security prison, César reluctantly relates the events that have led to his incarceration. In a series of flashbacks we come ... Read more
A Spanish Cardinal in Rome learns that he has only one more year to live. Taking leave of the Pope (who is informed his Cardinal has a daughter and granddaughter), the Cardinal returns to the small Castilian village where he was born. The arrival of the Cardinal fills the villagers with unease and ... Read more
Sex and death, death and sex, the obsessive passions of childhood coming face to face with the violence of love (well, it is a Spanish film after all). It's all shot with a lovingly fetishistic attention to the details of perception—the shape of a belly button, the fine, soft hair on skin ... Read more
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