Spain

Gillo Pontecorvo – Operación Ogro [Spanish version] (1979)

As 1973 winds down, Franco is still governing Spain with an iron hand. Opposition parties are forbidden; labor movements are repressed; and Basque nationalists are mercilessly hunted down. The caudillo [dictator] is aging, though, and the continuity of the régime is in question. One man has the trust of Franco, enough authority and experience to assume the leadership, and an impeccable track record as to dealing with enemies of the State: Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco. For the embattled, clandestine Basque organization ETA, Carrero Blanco must be brought down. Daring plans are made, requiring a meticulous execution…
— Eduardo Casais, IMDb Read More »

Fernando León de Aranoa – Familia AKA Family (1996 )

On the day of his birthday, Santiago (Juan Luiz Galiardo) hires a team of actors and actresses to play as if they were members of his family. Along the day, the personality and sentiments of each member of his fake family is disclosed to the viewer, showing their true feelings. This weird and surrealistic story is a great metaphor with the real society. In a simple way, it can be understood as a powerful and lonely man, who somehow misses his family and hires a group of actors and actresses to perform, on the day of his birthday, as if they were his lost family, as a kind of weird celebration. This type of interpretation leads the viewer to a great review of the hypocrisy of the institution `family’. Read More »

Carlos Vermut – Quién te cantará (2018)

Quote:
Lila Cassen was the most successful Spanish singer of the 90s until she disappeared mysteriously from one day to the next. Ten years later, Lila is preparing her triumphant return to the stage but, shortly before the eagerly awaited date, she loses her memory as the result of an accident. Violeta is dominated by her conflictive daughter. Every night she escapes from her reality doing the only thing that makes her happy, imitating Lila Cassen in the karaoke where she works. One day Violeta receives a fascinating proposal: to teach Lila Cassen to be Lila Cassen again. Read More »

Javier Rebollo – Lo que sé de Lola AKA What I Know About Lola (2006)

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Director Javier Rebollo’s first feature, Lola (Lo que se de Lola), was the unanimous choice of this year’s London Film Festival FIPRESCI jury. Partly shot in French and in Spanish, and located in both France and Spain, it is a visually provocative tale of a conventional loner who becomes a silent voyeur obsessed by desire and an impossible love. Read More »

Albert Serra – Honor de cavalleria aka Honour of the knights (2006)

Matt Zoller Seitz (The New York Times) wrote:
Elmore Leonard once said that the key to telling an exciting story was leaving out the parts that people skip. The “Don Quixote” adaptation “Quxiotic/Honor de Cavalleria” is composed of little else.

In adapting Miguel de Cervantes’s novel about the senile would-be knight, Don Quixote (Lluís Carbó), and his sidekick, Sancho Panza (Lluís Serrat), the film’s writer and director, Albert Serra, favors landscape imagery and natural sounds over dialogue and music. Read More »

Roberto Bodegas – Españolas en París AKA Spaniards in Paris (1971)

imdb says:
In the beginning of the 70s thousand of spaniards women immigrated to Paris to work as house maids. This is the story of some of them. Read More »

Jesus Franco & Lina Romay – Confesiones Intimas de una Exhibicionista AKA Intimate Confessions Of An Exhibitionist (1983)

Candy tells the story of her life, her dissatisfaction with her male lovers, her desire for her girlfriend Katy and the route that led her into stripping. This is 80 minutes of flesh, bordering on the hardcore, sometimes on the gynaecological, and supposedly directed by Lina Romay (Candy Coster). Her husband Jess Franco was probably on hand somewhere. Romay in 1982 is not the trim young sexpot she was in the early 70s but she loves to get stuck in and there are still moments of genuine eroticism. It’s a shame a ridiculous blond-white wig often offsets her cute, slightly buck-toothed face. This was remade by Franco in 1986 as El Mirón y la Exhibicionista as a hardcore feature. Read More »