Spain

Juanjo Giménez Peña – Timecode (2016)

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Synopsis:
Parking lot security guard Luna is bored with her uneventful daily routine but a call about a customer complaint leads her to discover how the night guard, Diego, alleviates his boredom. Soon the pair develops a relationship by communicating through the garage’s CCTV footage. Read More »

Nacho Vigalondo – Los cronocrímenes aka Timecrimes (2007)

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Plot Outline :
Hector (Karra Elejalde) is spending a few days in the countryside with his girlfriend, Clara (Candela Fernández), when he sees something that catches his attention while playing with his binoculars. Looking at a nearby house near a wooded area, Hector spies a beautiful woman taking her clothes off, and decides to take a stroll and give her a closer look. However, when he arrives at the house several minutes later, the woman is lying in the grass and appears to either be dead or passed out. Read More »

Jesus Franco – El ojete de Lulú AKA Lulu’s Talking Ass (1986)

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Jess Franco and Lina Romay co-directed this film, which is a vile, rather disgusting and lazy “comedy/porno”. The American title is Lulu’s Talking Ass so that should tell you something. In the film, a talking ass (provided by Romay) tells various sexual stories and we get to see the scenes. Even by Franco standards this thing here is pretty useless and the sex scenes never enter the erotic zone but instead go towards the vile level. Once again it seems this film was shot in the matter of days if not hours and it really shows on screen. I had to view the film in Spanish without any subs so I’m not sure if the “talking ass” has any good dialogue or not. The funniest moment of the film is when one of the male actors goes to switch positions and accidentally falls off the bed. Being Franco, he left it in the film. Franco’s opinion of the Academy Awards also gets a special mention since the talking ass comes upon an Oscar and does something to it, which I won’t mention here. Read More »

Mario Camus – Los santos inocentes AKA The Holy Innocents (1984)

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Synopsis
based on the novel of the same name by Miguel Delibes

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Somewhere in the spanish country, in the 60s. Paco and his wife Regula are very poor. They work as tenant farmers for a very wealthy landowner. They have 3 children. One is backward. The others can not got to school because the master “needs” their work. When Regula’s brother is fired from where he has worked for 61 years, he settles down at their little place… An attack against the archaism of the spanish country of the 60s. Read More »

Paulino Viota – Contactos (1970)

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Una pareja se hospeda en una misma pensión en habitaciones separadas y mantienen contacto a espaldas de la dueña. Metáfora de una sociedad reprimida en la etapa del franquismo, Contactos es una cinta de culto rodada con muy pocos medios e influenciada, principalmente, por el cine de Yasujiro Ozu. (FILMAFFINITY) Read More »

Carlos Saura – Goya en Burdeos AKA Goya in Bordeaux (1999)

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Plot:
Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He’s living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives key times in his life, particularly his relationship with the Duchess of Alba, his discovery of how he wanted to paint (insight provided by Velázquez’s work), and his lifelong celebration of the imagination. Throughout, his reveries become tableaux of his paintings. Read More »

Alberto Rodríguez – El hombre de las mil caras AKA The Man with Thousand Faces (2016)

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The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.

Nominated at
31st Goya Awards
Premios Feroz 2017 Read More »