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  • Pedro Olea – La casa sin fronteras AKA The House Without Frontiers (1972)

    Pedro Olea1971-1980DramaHorrorSpainSpanish cinema under Franco
    La casa sin fronteras (1972)
    La casa sin fronteras (1972)

    Daniel, a young man in his twenties, moves from his hometown to the city of Bilbao in search of… a chance to discover himself. When he is not looking for work, he spends his time reading in the city library. One day Daniel encounters an elderly and seemingly kind old gentleman who commends his desire to educate himself. He says he might be able to find Daniel a job and sure enough, he starts work for an organization called The House Without Frontiers. After a short period of probation, Daniel is summoned to the organizations labyrinthine headquarters and is given his instructions. Although much is still not clear to him, it seems he is being asked to locate a young woman called Anabel Campos (played by Geraldine Chaplin). It turns out that Anabel, like Daniel, had accepted a job with the House Without Frontiers but fled the organization after a senior member of the tribunal was found murdered. Was she guilty? Is she in hiding or has she vanished without a trace?Read More »

  • Paula Markovitch – El premio AKA The Prize (2011)

    2011-2020DramaMexicoPaula Markovitch
    El premio (2011)
    El premio (2011)

    Synopsis
    Ceci, a seven year old girl, has to keep a huge secret, but she doesn’t completely understand what is the secret about. The life of her family depends on her silence. But what exactly must she keep silent about? Ceci and her mom live hidden from military repression in Argentina. Ceci asks herself: what must she say? What should she really believe and do in order to deserve the love of her mother and others?Read More »

  • Constanza Feldman & Agustín Mendilaharzu – Clementina (2022)

    Constanza Feldman2021-2030Agustín MendilaharzuArgentinaComedy
    Clementina (2022)
    Clementina (2022)

    While many filmmakers (the majority) remained immobile during home confinement, the members of the El Pampero collective did not stop filming… Alejo Moguillansky filmed with his partner, the actress Luciana Acuña, The Middle Ages, while Agustín Mendilaharzu did the same with Constanza Feldman in Clementina…

    Clementina is Feldman’s alter-ego, who in the middle of the pandemic settles — in principle provisionally — in the apartment of her boyfriend Guillermo (Mendilaharzu) in the Chacarita neighborhood. The first few minutes are typical of this “subgenre” of COVID times: wearing masks, maintaining social distance, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting food, changing shoes as soon as you enter, earning a living by teaching online or selling homemade bread… The risk of pandemic comedy “fatigue” at this point is evident.Read More »

  • Edgar Neville – La vida en un hilo (1945)

    Edgar Neville1941-1950ComedyDramaSpain
    La vida en un hilo (1945)
    La vida en un hilo (1945)

    One of the better films of Edgar Neville, and one that should be more well-known, “La vida en un hilo” tells the now classic story of a woman that, in a certain time of her life, takes a decision that defines the rest of her fate completely, and at the same time we see the what-ifs of the other decision. What makes this movie different from Sliding Doors is that the what-if is told by a fortune-teller that our main star meets in a train.Read More »

  • Alejo Moguillansky – El loro y el cisne AKA The Parrott and the Swan (2013)

    Alejo Moguillansky2011-2020ArgentinaDrama
    El loro y el cisne (2013)
    El loro y el cisne (2013)

    In his new film, Alejo Moguillansky baldly and skillfully articulates the world of dance –specifically, the shooting of a documentary about a series of ballets– with the story of a break-up and a romance.

    Moguillansky’s next feature after Castro (between which he edited a film by the great Matías Piñeiro), continues the director’s surprises, wittiness, and cheerfully off-kilter filmmaking approach willing to take risks and make jokes. Dance, love, a film within a film—this one knows few boundaries.Read More »

  • Moroco Colman – Fin de Semana AKA Weekend (2016)

    2011-2020ArgentinaDramaMoroco Colman
    Fin de Semana (2016)
    Fin de Semana (2016)

    Carla arrives after years of absence to accompany Martina. Relations between them are cold; there’s something unspoken between them. Martina slips away for secret meetings with Diego, a man twice her age. The two are involved in a hardcore sex game that’s out of control. When Carla discovers the relationship she confronts Diego.Read More »

  • Eloy de la Iglesia – Los placeres ocultos AKA Hidden Pleasures (1977)

    Eloy de la Iglesia1971-1980DramaEroticaQueer Cinema(s)Spain
    Los placeres ocultos (1977)
    Los placeres ocultos (1977)

    A highly controversial film upon its release in Spain as the first feature narrative with homosexuality openly discussed, Hidden Pleasures follows Eduardo, a wealthy banker who has a pastime for hiring young street hustlers to keep his bed warm, yet ignores requests from a friend to join the social gay movements. One day while cruising around town he spots Miguel, an extremely handsome teen who has a penchant for women and motorcycles. Eduardo offers Miguel a job and eventually gets closer and closer with him. Eduardo’s building lust and the jealousy of others in their lives creates havoc for all.Read More »

  • Jac Avila – Maleficarum (2011)

    2011-2020BoliviaEroticaExploitationJac Avila
    Maleficarum (2011)
    Maleficarum (2011)

    Maleficarum (2011) directed by Jac Avila is a good screen play by an independent Bolivian film company. It is good historical fiction loosely based on María Francisca Ana de Castro, a Spanish immigrant to Alta Peru, who was renowned for her beauty and wealth. She was arrested and accused of “judaizing”. After many days of torture she confessed and was burned at the stake in 1726. This event was a major spectacle in Lima, but it raised questions about possible irregular procedures and about the corruption within the Inquisition, this lead to the end of The Holy Office (The Inquisition) in Peru. The director and actors do an admirable recreating the actual realistic suffering in great detail of what the victims of the Spanish Inquisition had to endure. The best was the director’s use of the actors’ facial and body language, it was very cerebral and visual at the same time. This viewer marveled at the simplicity of that movie and how it got its complex message across, the script and the story plot was very well thought out. The dialogue of the accusers and witnesses did well in showing the bias and superstitions of that time.Read More »

  • Ángel Filgueira – Cando toco un animal AKA Stroking an Animal (2023)

    2021-2030Ángel FilgueiraRomanceSpain
    Cando toco un animal (2023)
    Cando toco un animal (2023)

    Mariña, Ada and Tomás form an irregular triangle of bodies, intentions and vibrations. Mariña has an intense love affair with Ada when Tomás, a mutual friend, enters the couple’s intimacy.Read More »

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