Tag Archives: Spanish

Juan Bustillo Oro & Fernando de Fuentes – El compadre Mendoza AKA Godfather Mendoza (1934)

Synopsis:
During Mexican Revolution, Rosalio Mendoza (Del Diestro) survives by making and winning favors from both factions, the governmental forces and Zapata’s Army. His hacienda welcomes everybody, and Mendoza is considered a good friend of his guests. Eventually, the situation becomes unsustainable and he has to take sides. Betrayal and deception overcome and Mendoza’s dark side surfaces. Read More »

Salvador del Solar – Magallanes (2015)

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“Del Solar turns the screws on the audience expertly, but the thriller elements never distract from the moral crisis of a man — and a country — whose decades-old mistakes cling to him like a tattoo”
—Variety

Taxi driver Magallanes (Damián Alcázar) struggles to get by, and spends his spare time with his former military superior, a once-feared colonel during the civil conflict, who is now senile. 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 »

Marcelo Piñeyro – Cenizas del paraíso aka Ashes from Paradise (1997)

Ashes of Paradise (Spanish: Cenizas del Paraíso) is a 1997 Argentine film from director Marcelo Piñeyro. It tells in cutbacks how the untroubled private happiness of a family – a judge and his three grown-up sons – crumbles between loyalty and betrayal, blind trust and suspicions.

The film won several awards, among them a renowned Goya Award, for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera de Habla Hispana). It was Argentina’s official submission for the 1997 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (“Oscar”), but did not receive a nomination for the award. Read More »

Pedro Almodóvar – Dolor y gloria AKA Pain and Glory (2019) (HD)

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A film director reflects on the choices he’s made in life as past and present come crashing down around him. 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 »

Carlos Velo – Torero (1956)

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The life of the famed Mexican bullfighter Luis Procuna, from his boyhood through his training and the triumphs that followed as Procuna rose to the peak of his profession. Read More »