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With the widespread publicity accorded his last two films, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, almost everybody knows the name of Spain's campy enfant terrible, Pedro Almodóvar. ... This is Almodóvar's first feature, undertaken after making a ... Read more
Perdita Durango is the most explosive cocktail of humour, sex, religion and action this side of Natural Born Killers. The two central characters are the unscrupulous Perdita Durango (Rosie Pérez), and handsome drug dealer/shaman, Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem). After kidnapping an all-American ... Read more
Angel lives with his mother Martina in an old hunting lodge in the heart of an Iberian forest. He is an introverted young man dominated by his suspicious, brandy-swigging mother. His only occupation is the hunting of wild game and deer. He doesn't have a licence and he comes up against the pompous ... Read more
A woman's desire to give her brother a dignified funeral is fatally thwarted when he declares on his deathbed his wish to be cremated. A Spanish black comedy of high passions, urns and vacuum cleaners. ... Read more
"A giallo without the typical giallo staples, The Pyjama Girl Case is an innovative and successful rework of the genre." – Digital Retribution ... In 1970s Sydney, Inspector Thompson comes out of retirement when the charred, mutilated remains of a woman are found on a beach. Meanwhile ... Read more
Four characters who have no names, and who are incapable of expressing their feelings, love without being loved. José Carlos Ruiz's stylish short drama reveals the intimacies of living in the anonymity of the city. --- D/S José Carlos Ruiz P José Antonio Bonet WS Master Cluster, S.L. L Spanish ... Read more
Perhaps the most notorious post-war propaganda film was made in 1942 by Spanish director Saenz de Heredia. It was called Race,, and Franco himself was believed to have closely supervised the script. ... So the film is believed to reflect directly Franco's ideas his own conception of patriotism, his ... Read more
Perhaps the most notorious post-war propaganda film was made in 1942 by Spanish director Saenz de Heredia. It was called Race, and Franco himself was believed to have closely supervised the script. So the film is believed to reflect directly Franco's ideas: his own conception of patriotism, his ... Read more
Jose Sirgado, a film director in his early thirties has just finished his second film and he is deeply dissatisfied Maybe it is because his relations with filmmaking are not as he had hoped Maybe heroin has left a deeper trace than the one he foresaw Maybe his break with Ana. who starred in his ... Read more
[Rolling Family] is rooted in the stories of director Pablo Trapero's own family and friends. Somewhere between a road movie and a family drama, it takes its wonderfully authentic cast on a journey through the emotional labyrinth of familial relationships. Emila, Trapero's own grandmother, receives ... Read more
"Insightful and explosive, so torn from today's headlines it leaves newsprint on your hands." - Empire ... Former soldiers and lifelong friends, Fergus and Frankie, have been growing rich doing private security work in the simmering quagmire of post-war Iraq. But when Frankie is killed in ... Read more
Director Tom Kalin will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Savage Grace ... “I like to joke that I'm Norma Desmond in my castle with my monkey, and this is my comeback.” - filmmaker Tom KalinReturning to the unbelievable events of true crime with his first ... Read more
Part suspense, part getting of wisdom, Mon­txo Armendariz Barrios's film takes place in a Spanish village during the mid-60s. Victims of a terrible crime committed long ago haunt a coun­try house: their voices tremble through a locked room and echo in the cellar. So begins nine year old ... Read more
The images show close -ups of the mouth and eyes of a man. On closer inspection this seems to be double-take of a couple. A thrilling rhythm is mixed with a sense at despair. ... Read more
“There must have been a world… before the partita in A minor, but what was that world like? A Europe of empty spaces with no resonance.” ... In an abstract and almost surreal set of vignettes The Silence Before Bach betrays the conventional in search of whimsy, playfulness and irony not ... Read more
Mercedes Alvarez's debut feature, [The Sky Turns], is a reflective meditation on impermanence, memory and the passage of time. ... Just 14 inhabitants remain in Aldealsenor, a village in the dramatic barren uplands of Spain's Soria (Castilla). They are the last of a people that has lived a largely ... Read more
Full of mystery and expectation, this contemplation of place is unsettling.---D/S Enrique Rodrigues, Moncho Fernandez P Rocio Cabrera WS El Ojo del Caracol L no dialogue TD video/col/2005/10mins ... Read more
In the Sleepwalkers the stories are interwoven with scenes from an avant-garde theatrical performance, rather in the style and approach of Jacques Rivette. ... Ana works for a committee that seeks the freedom of a group of terrorists who were condemned to death by a military court during the Burgos ... Read more
'An affectionate chronological trawl through the much mythologised life of legendary Spanish director Luis Buñuel. A combination of personal reminiscences and well-disposed analysis, the film is strongest in the informed way that it links speakers recollections with clips from the movies ... Read more
After appearing in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, actor Elmer Modlin became a reclusive shut-in, with his artist wife Margaret and son Nelson. Thirty years later, the family's photos suddenly appeared on the footpath, like a jigsaw puzzle waiting for someone to come along and piece together "a ... Read more
“Sud Express is a lyrical and arresting ode to a new era in Europe's lush and complex cultural landscape.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... Centred on the legendary train of its title, Sud Express is a portmanteau picture about six ordinary people whose lives are affected by their ... Read more
Juan comes home late one evening and must listen to his parents' accusations of always being late. Nobody believes his excuse that he had stayed late at school. In fact, his uncle immediately grabs the telephone; Juan will have to tell the same story to the principal. He meekly admits he has been ... Read more
Madrid, shortly after the war. The cafe ... “La Delicia” is always crowded with ... people who want shelter from the cold, ... or company; people who are hungry and ... tired, but have a strong desire to survive. ... Some of them live in their dreams , ... others try to cope with a reality that ... Read more
Manolo Falceto has just had this thirty-third birthday He lives with his parents and has finished a degree, but does not want to practise. He has a girlfriend to whom he does not want to be engaged He plays the double-bass. ... One day, by chance, he meets Mariano Garrido, his closest schoolmate ... Read more
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