Spain

Pedro Almodóvar – La Concejala antropófaga aka The Cannibalistic Councilwoman (2009)

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The first short film by Pedro Almodóvar in 30 years. It’s a spin-off of his upcoming film, “Los Abrazos Rotos”. The short film was broadcast on Spanish television Feb 13 2009.

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This short film is part of the film-within-the-film Girls and Suitcases. Chicas y maletas is the film being shot in Los abrazos rotos aka Broken Embraces.
La concejala antropófaga basically consists of a humorous monologue by Carmen Machi. She snorts a generous amount of coke throughout and continues her lewd observations about men begun in Chicas y maletas. Read More »

Jesus Franco – La Chica de las bragas transparentes AKA Pick-Up Girls (1981)

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“A classic of Franco Filth, 9 March 2001
10/10
Author: sirarthurstreebgreebling II from Streeb Greebling Acres

Jess Franco does it again with this classic tale of abduction, preversion, rape and murder. The two strippers are taken out of prison and promised freedom if they investigate the dissapearence of an international swimmer. Their previous experience in espionage will give them the edge they need in this case. Soon they learn that the swimmers abduction is just the tip of the iceberg and that this mission is not as straight forward as it seemed. With some outrageous dialogue that i cant repeat here and a plot that will leave you reeling this is Franco at his best. Filthy, Unrepentant and Entertaining. Read More »

Isabel Coixet – Map of the Sounds of Tokyo aka Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio (2009)


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[SPOILER]

Ryu is a solitary girl whose fragile appearance is in stark contrast with the double life she leads, working nights at a Tokyo fishmarket and sporadically taking on jobs as a hit-woman.

Mr Nagara is a powerful impresario mourning the loss of his daughter Midori, who has committed suicide. He blames David, a Spaniard who runs a wine business in Tokyo.

Mr Nagara’s employee, Ishida, was silently in love with Midori and hires Ryu to murder David.

A sound engineer, obsessed with the sounds of the Japanese city and fascinated with Ryu, witnesses this love story which searches the shadows of the human soul, reaching deep into places where only silence has the power of eloquence. Read More »

Woody Allen – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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AMG: Woody Allen’s romantic drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona stars Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson as best friends Vicky and Cristina. As the movie opens, the pair of twentysomethings travel to Barcelona so that Vicky can work on her post-graduate degree. The two meet the charming artist Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), who offers to take them on a vacation and make love to them. Vicky, being a happily engaged young woman, refuses, but Cristina is eager for this life experience. A love triangle begins to coalesce, and things grow more complicated when Juan Antonio’s passionate, unstable ex, Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz), arrives to stay after a suicide attempt. Read More »

Carlos Saura – Tango [+Extras] (1998)

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When the idea of a film about the tango was proposed to director Carlos Saura by a producer, the director spent several months hammering out a scenario that used dance to propel the story about a dancer, Mario Suárez (Miguel Ángel Solá), injured in a recent car accident and freshly divorced, using a film about the tango to heal some deep personal wounds.

Woven into the dances-within-a-film-within-a-film are pieces evoking the tango as the social glue of Argentinian culture, as well as the music’s function during the dark years under Juan Peron, when tango music was played loud by the secret service to smother the cries of torture sessions.

Repression is more or less linked through Mario’s own need to repress his still-broiling feelings for ex-wife Laura Fuentes (Cecilia Narova) who’s a key dancer in his film, as well as emerging feelings for Elena Flores (Mía Maestro), the young dancer he casts at the behest of the production’s biggest financier, a major mafia figure. Read More »

Fernando Arrabal – L’Arbre de Guernica AKA The Tree of Guernica [+ Extras] (1975)

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Cult Epics wrote:
Civil war is an act of cannibalism. It is the rending of a nation’s own flesh, the final act in a spiral of devolution towards base subversion. It is brother vs. brother, mother vs. father. It is as psychologically traumatizing as it is physically brutal and the scars left by a civil war don’t heal clean, they arre ragged, gaping wounds that fester and bloom. In Spain, the wounds of civil war sprouted around a single tree: the Guernica Tree. Read More »

León Klimovsky – La Orgía nocturna de los vampiros aka The Vampires Night Orgy (1973)

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A group of travellers are stranded in a lonely village in the Transylvanian mountains when their bus breaks down. At first the place appears quite normal but things are not as they seem. Who is the mysterious countess that everyone is in awe of? What exactly is the meat served up for their evening meal? And why does no one want the travellers to leave? Read More »