Spain

Antonio Mercero – La cabina AKA The Telephone Box (1972)

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‘A man gets trapped inside a telephone box. Onlookers unsuccessfully try to free him. Then the men from the telephone company arrive, but relief turns into puzzlement, then horror, as it transpires what they have in store for him.’
– Donald Fisk Read More »

Jaime Rosales – Sueño y silencio AKA Dream and Silence (2012)

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Oriol and Yolanda live in Paris with their two daughters. He is an architect, she is a teacher. An accident while on holidays in the Ebro Delta changes their lives. Read More »

Carlos Saura – La madriguera AKA Honeycomb (1969)

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This is a curious and little-known film from Saura’s best period. Co-scripted by Rafael Azcona, the film is virtually a two-hander about a husband and wife (Per Oscarsson and Geraldine Chaplin) discovering role playing to supplement their apparently repressed sex life and going a little bit too far. There is a shade of Virginia Woolf here, and more than a shade of the later Buñuel (who learned most of his tricks from Azcona, anyway). However, what Buñuel does with a sledge-hammer and schoolboy glee, Saura does with subtlety and bitter irony. Read More »

Marta Grimalt – Desierto en tu mente AKA Desert in Your Mind (2017)

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Desert in your mind is the first feature movie directed, written and produced by Marta Grimalt Canals. This surrealistic road movie is filmed in super 8 bw around California, Barcelona and Mallorca.

Through his frustrations, an obsessed novelist connects with a dimension where a walking girl encounters weird characters in a mysterious urban world, slowly driving to the peaceful nature of the desert. In this trip between light and shadow, hope for finding an inner mental peace will prevail.

This movie is characterized for an experimental language, with purposed technical and performing imperfections, wrapped in an organic fantasy effect. Read More »

Elena Martín – Júlia ist (2017)

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The spirit of youth and the thirst for knowledge are palpable in Júlia ist, which was written by four screenwriters – the director herself,– Pol Rebaque (also director of photography), Marta Cruañas (also producer), and María Castellvi – who adapted the story to their modest production means. Shot in Berlin and Barcelona, the film stars Elena Martín herself who, despite having trained in theatre, has shown with this film and Las amigas de Ágata that she has a telegenic face and a particular skill at conveying the fears, anxieties and confusions of the “Skype generation”. Read More »

José Luis Guerín – Unas fotos en la ciudad de Sylvia (2007)

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An unnamed young man arrives in the foreign city of Strasbourg for reasons unstated. He waits at a hotel, visits a café, sketches passersby… Eventually his motives are revealed, but it is not a traditional narrative that Guerín is after so much as the urban experience of watching, waiting, absorbing. Out of these materials Guerín builds a spellbinding film that reminds us of cinema’s powerful ability to evoke the tugs of memory, desire and the transitory. An extraordinary city film, Sylvia almost entirely eschews dialogue to instead give a symphonic voice to the city itself through a rich and fully immersive soundtrack of urban sounds, explosions of music and strange Read More »

Joaquín Jordà & Julián Marcos – Dia de muertos (1960)

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The first was filmed on the Day of the Dead at Madrid’s Almudena cemetery. Leaving the grounds, the police intercepted the producers. Part of their recordings was purposely blurred so as to not be used against those filmed on the grounds. The censorship defined this short film as “a nauseating movie. Read More »