Tag Archives: Spanish

Fernando León de Aranoa – Familia AKA Family (1996 )

On the day of his birthday, Santiago (Juan Luiz Galiardo) hires a team of actors and actresses to play as if they were members of his family. Along the day, the personality and sentiments of each member of his fake family is disclosed to the viewer, showing their true feelings. This weird and surrealistic story is a great metaphor with the real society. In a simple way, it can be understood as a powerful and lonely man, who somehow misses his family and hires a group of actors and actresses to perform, on the day of his birthday, as if they were his lost family, as a kind of weird celebration. This type of interpretation leads the viewer to a great review of the hypocrisy of the institution `family’. Read More »

Carlos Vermut – Quién te cantará (2018)

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Lila Cassen was the most successful Spanish singer of the 90s until she disappeared mysteriously from one day to the next. Ten years later, Lila is preparing her triumphant return to the stage but, shortly before the eagerly awaited date, she loses her memory as the result of an accident. Violeta is dominated by her conflictive daughter. Every night she escapes from her reality doing the only thing that makes her happy, imitating Lila Cassen in the karaoke where she works. One day Violeta receives a fascinating proposal: to teach Lila Cassen to be Lila Cassen again. Read More »

Manolo Nieto – La perrera AKA The Dog Pound (2006)

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Desperate and without luck, 25 year old David has failed as an exam and has lost the scholarship that kept him in the city. To gain it back he has to pass an exam that will take place in a year. To kill time, study for the exam and gain his independence back, David starts to live in La Pedrera, a little seaside town where he will have to build his own home during winter. It will be a year plagued with difficulties, surrounded by people that don’t want to work, ex girlfriends, hippies and books… Read More »

Javier Rebollo – Lo que sé de Lola AKA What I Know About Lola (2006)

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Director Javier Rebollo’s first feature, Lola (Lo que se de Lola), was the unanimous choice of this year’s London Film Festival FIPRESCI jury. Partly shot in French and in Spanish, and located in both France and Spain, it is a visually provocative tale of a conventional loner who becomes a silent voyeur obsessed by desire and an impossible love. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – La colonia penal aka The Penal Colony (1970)

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A foreign journalist arrives on a small Pacific island 200 miles off the coast of South America. Once a leper colony, the island was later transformed into a prison and then, under U.N. mandate, made into an independent republic. Yet despite democratic structures, the inhabitants–who speak a strange dialect composed of Spanish and English–still obey the old prison rules. After sending back detailed accounts of the torture and repression seen everywhere, the journalist realizes that she”s fallen into the trap created for her by the islanders: lacking natural resources, the island”s main export is news. The clearest anticipation of Ruiz”s later European work, The Penal Colony is a powerful document of the tensions and contradictions in Chile in the months before Allende”s electoral victory. Read More »

Micaela Rueda – UIO: Sácame a Pasear AKA Take Me for a Ride (2016)

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High school can be horrible, especially when your classmates make you feel like a freak. But sometimes that pain only means that finding the person who gets you is all the sweeter. Loner Sara is in her last year of high school and is miserable. She is shunned by the girls in her class for being “weird” and spends her lunches smoking in a hiding place behind the school. That is, until the new girl, Andrea, invades her hideout one day. Andrea and Sara fall for each other instantly, bonding over their love of books and solitude. Things might actually start to look up for Sara, but then the world intrudes and threatens their happiness. Can their love survive homophobic classmates and parents? Read More »

Santiago Álvarez – La guerra necesaria AKA The Necessary War (1980)

Alvarez’ longest documentary examination of the Cuban Revolution, this contains exceptional interviews with Fidel, Raúl, Almeida, Vilma, Haydee, Celia and Faustino Perez, among other key players in the Revolution. Read More »