Spain

Armando Robles Godoy – En la selva no hay estrellas aka No stars in the jungle (1967)

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A treasure hunter tries to transport a cache of gold belonging to a tribal queen from the Amazon jungle in this routine adventure. Customs of the local natives and the hero’s life in the city are thrown in, but the main focus is his attempt to move the heavy gold from the dangerous and exotic jungle. Read More »

Julio Medem – La pelota vasca AKA The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone (2003)

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Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Julio Medem turns toward nonfiction to direct the documentary La Pelota Vasca: La Piel Contra la Piedra (The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone). This controversial film is a look at the complicated situation between the Basque nationalist movement and the Spanish government. Medem interviews politicians, novelists, musicians, and over 70 other commentators in his efforts to explain both sides of the complex situation in the Basque Country of Northern Spain. Contains French, Castilian Spanish, and Basque languages. The Basque Ball was shown at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, and was nominated for a Goya award. Read More »

Ion De Sosa – Sueñan los androides AKA Androids Dream (2014)

In 2052, a man wanders through a semi-constructed high rise in pursuit of hidden targets, in a minimalist rethinking of Blade Runner. Read More »

Francisco Rovira Beleta – Expreso de Andalucía (1956)

A retired sportsman, a young law student and small-time crook team up in order to plan the robbery of some jewels in the Andalusian express train

Based on real facts ocurred decades before, it’s an excellent spanish film noir, that mixed classical elements from noir, neorrrealism, existentialism and social literature of this moment. It’s a hard portrait of spanish society under Franco’s military dictatorship. Read More »

Víctor Erice – El espíritu de la colmena AKA The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) (HD)

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Like many of the other commentators here, I had heard about this movie long before I had ever had a chance to see it, although it typically is mentioned as one of Spain’s greatest films. It definitely is. It is masterfully directed and I have not been able to stop thinking about it for days. Read More »

Pere Portabella – Informe general sobre unas cuestiones de interés para una proyección pública (1977) (HD)

Shot in the months after the death of Franco, Informe general is a “documentary” shot with the techniques of a fiction film—exploring the limits of film representations. The speakers are concerned with one question: How do you go from a dictatorship to a democracy?

The lucid, radical work of Pere Portabella creates an invaluable space for rethinking reality, fiction and the political dimension of both. We’re honoured to present two films that bridge crucial moments in the History of Spain (and Europe) starting with this monumental landmark of activist cinema. Read More »

Jaime de Armiñán – Mi querida señorita AKA My dearest senorita (1972)

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Miss Adela Castro (José Luis López Vázquez in a superb performance),a mature lady from the provincial Spanish bourgeoisie, has spent her life in solitude, sewing, playing the piano, attending charity meetings at the local church and meditating on her forced spinsterhood. Her partially unacknowledged attraction to females, together with her lack of desire for her fiance drives Adela to her confessor and then to a doctor. The diagnosis is unambiguous: she is a man. Adela, now Juan, is then forced to confront both a prejudiced society and himself. Jaime Armiñán directed My Dearest Señorita in a context of profound social transition in Spain. Read More »