Huwebes, Oktubre 1, 2015

Instituto Cervantes’ PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival unfolds at Greenbelt 3 from October 8 to 18

From October 8 to 18, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the Spanish Film Festival, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Intramuros Administration, the 2015 edition of the Spanish Film Festival will screen around 30 films.


Since its conception in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Film Festival has been an annual attraction at the Ayala Malls Cinemas, bringing the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema to the local audience of Manila. PELÍCULA-PELIKULA is a combination of the Spanish word “película”, which means film, and its Tagalog derivation “pelikula”, echoing the cultural ties shared by Spain and the Philippines. By putting the two words together, it highlights the unique characteristics of this 2-week event as the biggest Spanish film festival in Asia.

The Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of foreign filmmakers. In this edition, Spanish actress Maribel Verdú will present two of her films on October 9, at 7pm, and will have an open forum after the screenings. Maribel Verdú, born in Madrid on October 2, 1970, has worked with some of the best directors in Spanish cinema, such as José Luis Garci in Canción de cuna; Bigas Luna in Huevos de Oro; Fernando Trueba in the Academy Award-winning film Belle Époque (1992); Carlos Saura in Goya en Burdeos; Gonzalo Suárez in Oviedo Express, amongst others. Her international career hit a highpoint when she starred in Y tu mamá también (2001) by Alfonso Cuarón, followed by Pan's Labyrinth (2006) by Guillermo del Toro. She has also worked with Francis Ford Coppola in Tetro (2009). Nominated seven times for the Goya Awards, she finally received the Best Actress award for her role in Siete mesas de billar francés (2007) on her fifth nomination.

On October 12, at 9:30 pm, Spanish journalist Ramón Vilaró will present his film, “De aliados a masacrados” (2014), a documentary about how the Filipino-Spanish population of Manila was decimated during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the Second World War. On the following day, October 13, the Czech filmmaker Lenka Kny will present her comedy Milagro en Praga (2013), and will have an open forum after the screening. The romantic comedy film is about two families, a Mexican family and a Czech family, who cross paths in Prague over the Christmas holidays. The screening is co-presented by the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Aside from those mentioned, the line-up of films shows a list of genres ranging from romance and comedy (Ocho apellidos vascos, Tres bodas de más, Gente en sitios) to documentary (Paco de Lucía, La plaga), suspense (Relatos salvajes) and drama (Hermosa juventud, Artico).

The Festival will have a second leg in Intramuros, from October 19 to 25. It is during this time that the exhibit entitled “Spanish Cinema in 20 Posters” will be displayed at the NCCA Building, alongside the film screenings. The exhibit will let you explore Spanish cinema by means of the posters of some of its most emblematic films, from the 1953 film Bienvenido Míster Marshall to the 2012 film Blancanieves, encouraging one to reflect on its history and to be inspired by the beauty of the advertising graphics, illuminating the visual style of the different cinematic periods. The second leg of PELÍCULA is made possible by Intramuros Administration and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

And thanks to the collaboration of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), a selection of films shown in the Manila leg of the Festival will travel to other cities in the Philippines, namely Baguio, Ilo-ilo, Zamboanga and Davao.        

Audience Choice Award
Also, one should not miss the “Audience Choice” Award that happens in every edition of PELÍCULA. During the 18-day festival, the audience will be given stubs with which they can rate the movies they have seen. For every five movies, members of the audience qualify to join the raffle where they get a chance to win a round-trip ticket to Spain and other exciting prizes.

Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain–AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Intramuros Administration, and Ayala Cinemas, PELÍCULA is made possible by Maersk, Rustan’s, NCCA, Emperador Distillers, Ayala Malls Cinemas & Greenbelt, Vibal Foundation, Qatar Airways, San Miguel Corporation, Buzz Productions, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Ayala Museum, the Embassy of Argentina, the Embassy of Mexico, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Embassy of Colombia, Bodegas Vivanco and Barcino.         

SYNOPSIS of the Films

1. Ártico (Arctic)
DIRECTOR: Gabriel Velázquez
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Manuel García, Blanca Torres
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  78 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Juanlu Sevillano, Víctor García, Deborah Borges, Lucía Martínez
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Simon, a pierced tough guy who lives with his girlfriend and young son and is routinely whipped by his own father; Jota, Simon’s partner in petty crime; Debi, Jota’s pregnant girlfriend; and Lucia, who sells drugs at the park from the buggy of the infant she’s supposed to be babysitting are four troubled teens who wander the streets of contemporary Spain to make ends meet and find a life.

2. Aquellas palabras
DIRECTOR: Luis Arroyo
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Luis Arroyo, Enrique Llobet
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1949
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  106 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Ana Mariscal , Isabel de Pomés , José María Seoane
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Father Carlos, a Basque priest, decides to leave voluntarily as a missionary to a village lost in the Philippines. From the first moment, their biggest aspiration would be to reconstruct an ancient mission. But to do so, he will have to face numerous difficulties.

3. Bienvenido, Míster Marshall (Welcome Mister Marshall)
DIRECTOR: Luis García Berlanga
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1953
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  95 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
The little village of Villar del Río is governed by a deaf, good-natured, but naughty Mayor, who’s only seeking to give life to the place. While awaiting the performance of Carmen Vargas, ‘The Great Andalusian Star’, the villagers receive news that there will be North American high personalities coming to give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor takes initiative by preparing for the foreigners’ arrival.

4. Blancanieves (Snow White)
DIRECTOR: Pablo Berger
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Pablo Berger
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2012
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  104 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho
Género / Genre: Fantasy, Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
A gothic melodrama inspired by the Brothers’ Grimm tale, Blancanieves is a twist on the old classic, learning her father’s art, bullfighting, and one day, ran away to become a legend. Set in 1920s Seville, it is a tribute to silent films.

5  Cazando luciérnagas (Chasing Fireflies)
DIRECTOR: Roberto Flores Prieto
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Roberto Flores Prieto, Carlos Alberto Franco Esguerra
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Colombia
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  106 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Valentina Abril, Marlon Moreno
Género / Genre: Drama.
Film recommended for all ages.
Synopsis
Manrique is the man in charge of watching an abandoned salt mine located in a recondite place of the Colombian Caribbean. In his work he has found the perfect excuse to isolate himself from a world that does not appeal to him anymore. Nevertheless, the unusual appearance of a dog that likes to chase fireflies in the dark, and the unexpected arrival of Valeria, his 13-year-old daughter whose existence he ignored, will allow this solitary man an opportunity to recover the joy of being alive.

6. Cría cuervos (Raising Ravens)
DIRECTOR: Carlos Saura
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Carlos Saura
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1976
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  107 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
Winner of the grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and starring Geraldine Chaplin, the film is about a woman who relives the strange summer of her father's death through her haunting childhood memories.

7. De aliados a masacrados
DIRECTOR: Ramon Vilaró
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Ramon Vilaró, Cristina Gibert
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  106 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: None
Género / Genre: Documentary.
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
A documentary on the history of the Spaniards during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines in World War II. It is the direct testimony of the survivors who went from being allies to massacred due to the shaky alliance between the Francoist Spain and imperialist Japan. It also accounts the history of the General Company of Tobacco of the Philippines.

8. Diamantes negros (Black Diamonds)
DIRECTOR: Miguel Alcantud
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Miguel Alcantud
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  98 minutes
REPARTO / CAST:  Setigui Diallo, Hamidou Samake, Guillermo Toledo
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
Diamantes negros tells the long journey undertaken by two young boys from Mali, Amadou and Moussa, who arrive in Spain to pursue the dream of escaping poverty and becoming professional football players. When they are only fifteen, a talent scout persuades their families to send them to Spain, where they soon start to realize that the promises made by the man who signed them up are far removed from reality.

9. El árbol magnético (The Magnetic Tree)
DIRECTOR: Isabel de Ayguavives
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Isabel de Ayguavives
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Chile
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  85 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Andrés Gertrúdix, Manuela Martelli, Catalina Saavedra
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
Bruno returns to his home country, Chile, after a prolonged absence. The farmhouse that he shared with his family as a child is now on sale and all gather to say goodbye to the place. A visit to the "magnetic tree", a local curiosity with strange properties, wakes almost forgotten feelings and affections

10. El resto del mundo (The Rest of the World)
DIRECTOR: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Mexico
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  73 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Alejandro Alva, Kiara Alva, Mónica Torres
Género / Genre: Documentary
Film recommended for audience of all ages.
Synopsis
Alejandro is an artisan and lives with Kiara, his 7-year-old daughter. They rent a small apartment in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. While they try to learn from each other, the place around them throbs unceasingly.

11. Felices 140 (Happy 140)
DIRECTOR: Gracia Querejeta
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Gracia Querejeta, Antonio Santos Mercero
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2015
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  98 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, Eduard Fernández
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film recommended for all ages.
Synopsis
Can money buy you happiness? On her 40th birthday, Elia invites a few selective relatives and friends at a country house to tell them some good news: she’s won a jackpot of 140,000,000 From that moment on, everything changes among them.

12. Gabo: la magia de lo real (Gabo: The Magic of Reality)
DIRECTOR: Justin Webster
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Kate Horne, Justin Webster
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2015
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  90 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jon Lee Anderson, Sabih Ayén
Género / Genre: Documentary
Film recommended for all ages.
Synopsis
How did a boy from a backward town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions, and whose works changed our perception of reality? The answer is the amazing story of Gabriel García Márquez, author of the critically-acclaimed masterpiece 100 Years of Solitude, who grew up in the poverty of northern Colombia, and propelled by a love of life and a sensual, magical sensibility, followed a path that took him not only into a pioneer of life-affirming literature, but to the forefront of the political struggles of the 70s and 80s, through his militant journalism and his friendships with political leaders such as Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton. The documentary is a story about the power of human imagination, which follows the interwoven threads of Gabriel García Márquez’s life and work –with the narrative tension of an investigation.

13. Gente en sitios (People In Places)
DIRECTOR: Juan Cavestany
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Juan Cavestany
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  79 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Raquel Guerrero, Jorge Cabrera, David Luque
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
A kaleidoscopic story that travels through seemingly random comedy, drama, social portrait, terror, and surrealism with a common denominator: the irreducible poetry of the human condition against the onslaught of the bizarre and the chaotic.

14. Hermosa juventud (Beautiful Youth)
DIRECTOR: Jaime Rosales
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Jaime Rosales, Enric Rufas
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  102 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Ingrid García Jonsson, Carlos Rodríguez
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in modern day Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they'd like to and they have no great ambitions because they have no great hopes. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film. The birth of their daughter, Julia, will be the main catalyst for the changes they make.

15. La colmena (The Beehive)
DIRECTOR: Mario Camus
GUIONISTA / WRITER: José Luis Dibildo
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1982
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  105 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Victoria Abril, Ana Belén, Concha Velasco
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Based on the novel of the same name by Camilo José Cela, La colmena is a sad composition with the stories of people in 1942 Madrid, just after the Spanish civil war. The main theme of the film is the contrast between the poets, surviving close to misery under the Franco's regime, and the winners of the war, the emerging class of people that makes easy money with illegal businesses.

16. La herida (Wounded)
DIRECTOR: Fernando Franco
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Fernando Franco, Enric Rufas
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  95 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Marian Álvarez, Rosana Pastor, Andrés Gertrudix
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
28-year-old Ana feels useful and satisfied in her work helping others. Nevertheless, outside work, Ana has serious problems trying to relate to people. She is socially awkward and even aggressive towards those people closest to her and whom she loves. Ana cannot control this behaviour, or her emotions, as she is unaware that she suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. Although she wants to feel at ease with herself and with others, her self-destructive, self-harming behaviour only isolates her more and more.

17. La isla mínima (Marshland)
DIRECTOR: Alberto Rodríguez
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Rafael Cobos, Alberto Rodríguez
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  105 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Raúl Arévalo, Javier Gutiérrez, Antonio de la Torre
Género / Genre: Thriller
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Set in the year 1980, two ideologically opposed homicide detectives from Madrid are reprimanded and sent to a forgotten town on the Guadalquivir Marshes to investigate the disappearance and murder of two teenage girls during the town's festivities. Together, they will have to overcome their differences and face the heartless killer that has been murdering teenagers in the town for years before more young women lose their lives.

18.La plaga (The Plague)
DIRECTOR: Neus Ballús
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  82 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Raül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
La plaga is a film of intertwining stories that offers a moving portrait of life in the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are not actors. They play as themselves after four years of working with the director. This long process has permitted Ballús to reveal the uncertainty and the rebel spirit that underlies contemporary crisis-hit Spain.

19.Los hongos
DIRECTOR: Óscar Ruíz Navia
GUIONISTA / WRITER: César Augusto Acevedo, Oscar Ruiz Navia
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Colombia
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  103 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Jovan Alexis Marquinez, Calvin Buenaventura, Atala Estrada
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Directed by Óscar Ruiz Navia in 2013, the critically acclaimed Los hongos tells the story of two young men from Cali who want to become graffiti artists. Los hongos has enjoyed quite a success in film festivals worldwide, receiving the Special Jury Prize in the Locarno International Film Festival and the Dioraphte Award in the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

21. Loreak (Flowers)
DIRECTOR: Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Aitor Arregi, Jon Garaño, Jose Mari Goenaga
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  99 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Nagore Aranburu, Itziar Ituño, Itziar Aizpuru
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Ane is a woman in her early forties who does not feel fulfilled. Her life turns around when, week after week, she receives a bunch of flowers at home, always at the same time and always without a senders note.

22. Milagro en Praga (Miracle In Prague)
DIRECTOR: Lenka Kny
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Lenka Kny, Daniela Fischerova, Hana Cielová
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION:
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  82 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Josef Abrhám, Dolores Heredia, Aislinn Derbez
Género / Genre: Romance
Film recommended for audience of all ages.
Synopsis
Two very different families are going to cross paths in the most anticipated time of the year: Christmas. The meeting point will be the majestic Golden City of Prague. There, each one will seek to realize their dreams, triggering a fun series of twists, romances and small miracles that can only occur when their hearts are connected regardless of their place of origin.

23. Muerte de un ciclista (Age of Infidelity)
DIRECTOR: Juan Antonio Bardem
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis Fernando de Igoa
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1956
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  88 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Lucia Bosé, Alberto Closas, Bruna Corrà
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
María José and Juan are on their way from a date when they run a cyclist over and kill him. They have been going steady years before, but then María José had married Miguel, and Juan had become her lover. Obsessed by the shadow of the dead cyclist who they abandoned on the road side, they are afraid of everything and of everyone; afraid of their relationship being revealed and of losing their social position. The situation becomes more complicated until it comes to a tragic end.

24. Negociador (Negotiator)
DIRECTOR: Borja Cobeaga
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Borja Cobeaga
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION:
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  80 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Ramón Barea, Josean Bengoetxea, Carlos Areces
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
Manu Aranguren is a Basque politician who acts as a mediator for the Spanish government in its negotiations with terrorist group ETA. Far from being a solemn, calculated occasion, unexpected occurrences, slip-ups and misunderstandings soon kick in to influence the dialogue. And the personal relationship between negotiators will be the key in solving the conflict.

25. Ocho apellidos vascos (Eight Basque Surnames)
DIRECTOR: Emilio Martínez-Lázaro
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  98 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Dani Rovira, Clara Lago, Carmen Machi, Karra Elejalde
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Rafa has never left his native Seville, Andalusia, until he meets a Basque girl named Amaia, who resists his seduction techniques. Against his friends' advice, he follows her to Euskadi after she stays the night in his house and forgets her purse. A series of misunderstandings forces Rafa to impersonate a full-blooded Basque with eight surnames, and he gets more and more entangled in that character in order to get his way.

26. Paco de Lucía: la búsqueda (Paco de Lucía: The Search)
DIRECTOR: Curro Sánchez
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Casilda Sánchez, Curro Sánchez
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  95 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Paco de Lucía, Pepe de Lucía, Alberto Gavira
Género / Genre: Documentary
Film recommended for audience of all ages.
Synopsis
Paco de Lucía: The Search  tells the story of the great guitarist through several interviews conducted between 2010 and 2014. A life journey that started when Paco picks up a guitar at his home in Algeciras (at only 7 years old) and culminates with the composition of his latest album Song Andalusian. More than 60 years of searching, of musical investigation, to establish and transform flamenco in a marginal world.

27. Relatos salvajes (Wild Tales)
DIRECTOR: Damián Szifrón
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Damián Szifrón
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  122 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Ricardo Darín, Oscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Género / Genre: Black comedy
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
An anthology film, it is composed of six standalone shorts united by a common theme of violence and vengeance.

28. Stockholm
DIRECTOR: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  90 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Javier Pereira, Aura Garrido
Género / Genre: Romantic Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
A hot-blooded Spaniard wanders the streets of Madrid trying to woo a reluctant young woman he met at a party. She refuses his advances, but he doesn't give up until he is able to change her mind. They spend the night walking around the city together, having long and interesting conversations, during which he manages to gain her attention.

29. Todos están muertos (They Are All Dead)
DIRECTOR: Beatriz Sanchís
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Beatriz Sanchís
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Mexico
AÑO / YEAR: 2014
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  93 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Elena Anaya, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Angélica Aragón
Género / Genre: Comedy, Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 13 years of age.
Synopsis
If you saw Lupe in her bathrobe and slippers, stuck at home making pies, you would never imagine that back in the 80's she was a pop-rock star. Gone are the concerts, the fame and success. She lives wholly dependent on her mother and teenage son. Her agoraphobia won't even let her leave the house. Luckily, Paquita, her mother, a superstitious Mexican woman with a big heart, not only deals with her daughter but also with her adolescent grandson, Pancho. But Paquita is running out of time. She just found out that she's going to die and she has only one final goal: to prepare her family for life without her.

30. Tres bodas de más (Three Many Weddings)
DIRECTOR: Javier Ruiz Caldera
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Pablo Alén, Breixo Corral
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  94 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Inma Cuesta, Martiño Rivas, Quim Gutiérrez
Género / Genre: Comedy.
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Ruth is a marine biologist who, in less than a month, is invited to the weddings of three of her ex-boyfriends. Single and unable to refuse, she manages to convince her new intern, Dani, to go with her. During the weddings, plenty of outlandish events take place and eventually leads Ruth to decide who she wants with her in the future.

31. Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados
(Living Is Easy With Closed Eyes)
DIRECTOR: David Trueba
GUIONISTA / WRITER:
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION:
AÑO / YEAR: 2013
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  108 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Género / Genre: Comedy
Film recommended for all ages.
Synopsis
Spain, 1966. Antonio, a fanatic of The Beatles, is a professor who teaches English using the songs of his favourite British band. He finds out that his idol, John Lennon, is in Almería for a film shoot and he goes on a trip in the hopes of meeting his idol. Along the way, he picks up Juanjo, a 16-year-old runaway and Belén, a young lady who apparently is running from something too.

32. Viridiana (Viriidana)
DIRECTOR: Luis Buñuel
GUIONISTA / WRITER: Julio Alejandro, Luis Buñuel
PRODUCCIÓN / PRODUCTION: Spain
AÑO / YEAR: 1961
DURACIÓN / RUNNING TIME:  90 minutes
REPARTO / CAST: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal
Género / Genre: Drama
Film not recommended for audience below 18 years of age.
Synopsis
Viridiana is a virtuous young woman living in a convent in Spain and about to take her vows as a nun, when she is urged by her superior to visit her closest living relative, the widowed Don Jaime, at his estate. The lonely Don Jaime asks Viridiana to oblige him by trying on his deceased wife's wedding gown, and the young niece does so. Later, the aroused Don Jaime drugs Viridiana, planning to ravish her while she is unconscious. Though he falters, he later commits suicide out of guilt and shame and Viridiana inherits the estate along with Don Jaime's pragmatic son, Jorge. The film won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961.

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