Tag Archives: Spanish

Eliseo Subiela – Rehén de ilusiones AKA Hostage of an Illusion (2012)

Synopsis:
Pablo is a 60 years old writer. He meets by chance an ex pupil, Laura. Now, she is an attractive 35 years old woman. She was very much in love with him, when he was her professor at college. Now, she bursts into his life, as a passionate lover. He rediscovers his sexuality and the illusion of being young once more. But Laura seems to suffer a psychotic brake. She feels chased by the porter and militarism from the neighboring barracks. Laura is put in an asylum, but from time to time, Laura will appear and disappear, becoming someone ethereal, like a picture from an unrecoverable youth. Read More »

Pablo Larraín – Fuga (2006)

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Young composer Eliseo is struggling to finish his “Macabre Rhapsody.” Haunted by a traumatic childhood he is sent to a mental institution. In the outside world, a struggling music student discovers the fragments of Eliseo’s lost symphony and slyly passes off the masterful composition as his own.

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín’s talent didn’t go unnoticed by Hollywood, who chose him to direct the portrait of America’s first lady, Jackie. We’re thrilled to launch a retrospective of his six films made in Chile with his little-seen debut—a twisted tale of insanity and infernal classical music. Read More »

Les Blank – Del Mero Corazon (1979)

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Using music of the genre, a short look at Tex-Mex music, how it expresses love found and love lost, and how it comes straight from the heart. Read More »

Alejandro Galindo – Una familia de tantas AKA A family like many others (1949) (HD)

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Rodrigo Catano seeks to impose in his family a Porfirian order. One day a door to door salesman, Roberto del Hierro, comes into the house to sell an American vacuum cleaner from the “Bright O’Home” company. Maru, Mr. Catano’s daughter, watches Roberto while he demostrates the new machine. Roberto leaves and says he will come back to explain Mr. Catano about the vacuum cleaner. Mr. Catano is very upset because a man has been in his house without him been present. Nevertheless, with fast and inteligent talk, Roberto sells him the vacuum cleaner and, later on, a refrigerator. Maru is captivated by Roberto and they fall in love. Mr. Catano is furious when Roberto announces to him he will marry Maru. Read More »

Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll – 25 Watts [+extras] (2001)

This film has been called the “Uruguayan ‘Slacker’”, a reference to Linklater’s movie. It has also been called a landmark film in a (low-key, small-scale) renaissance in Uruguayan cinema – a national cinema with a terrible memory problem (“El Dirigible”, from 1994, was routinely cited as “the first Uruguayan film”, which is very false, but understandable when one sees how little movies that country has managed to preserve).

Whatever its place in film history, it’s worth a watch, and rings very much true. Read More »

Jaime Chávarri – Las bicicletas son para el verano AKA Bicycles Are for the Summer (1984)

In Madrid, the family of Don Luis, his wife Dolores and their children, Manolita and Luisito, share the daily life of the Civil War with their maid and neighbours. Despite having failed his exams, Luisito wants his father to buy him a bicycle. However, the situation forces them to delay the purchase and the delay, like the war itself, is to last much longer than expected.

The movie, and the book it was drawn from, show how daily life was conducted during the war. Unexpected things happen, but people find ways to survive. Above all, it is a story of survival and adaptation. Read More »

Marco Ferreri & Isidoro M. Ferry – El pisito AKA The Little Apartment (1959)

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Based on the novel by Rafael Azcona, screenplay by Azcona and Marco Ferreri. Rodolfo and Petrita each live in separate quarters in dilapidated Madrid, while looking to have a little apartment (or “pisito”, in Spanish). Unfortunately their low salaries prevent them from acquiring one. Soon, Rodolfo’s co-workers urge him to marry the old and frail Doña Martina, who is the main tenant in the apartment he boards in. According to Spanish rent-control law, he could inherit the lease from his spouse. Thus begin his misgivings and Petrita’s. Read More »