Tag Archives: Spanish

Carlos Enrique Taboada – El libro de piedra AKA The Book of Stone (1969)

Julia is hired to be the governess of a young girl, Sylvia, who has an emotionally distant father, Eugenio, and a new stepmother, Mariana. Sylvia insists that she plays with a little boy named Hugo – whom the adults all see is a stone statue in the courtyard. When strange things begin to happen (such as Mariana, whom Sylvia dislikes, experiencing strange pains) the adults begin to wonder if Hugo may be more than just an imaginary playmate. Read More »

Gregory Nava – The Journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva (1972)

A young poet crosses into Nationalist, then Republican territory, attempting to escape brutes on both sides of the Spanish Civil War. Read More »

Martín Rejtman – Silvia Prieto (1999)

Quote:
A minimalist deadpan comedy involving drifting characters and objects, this film focuses on Silvia Prieto, a rather unexceptional young woman who on her 27th birthday resolves to make some changes in her life — changes that bring out a few eccentricities. When she discovers that there are other women who share her name, she develops a bizarre obsession with the “other” Silvia Prieto, an obsession that involves unraveling the riddle of her own identity. Silvia Prieto is a meditation on what it means, or doesn’t mean, to be yourself. —Anthology Film Archives Read More »

Martín Rejtman – Los Guantes Mágicos AKA The Magic Gloves (2003)

Alejandro is a taxi driver about thirty- five years is suddenly in the midst of separations, violent weather changes, sudden wealth and characters who want to return to Argentina. Read More »

Luis Buñuel – Susana aka The Devil and the Flesh (1951)

Susana (Susana, demonio y carne or The Devil and the Flesh) is a 1951 film directed by Luis Buñuel. It is the story of a girl of questionable mental stability who escapes from incarceration and ends up at a plantation where she disrupts a working family’s daily routines and chemistry. Read More »

Ismael Rodriguez – Ánimas Trujano (El hombre importante) AKA The Important Man (1962)

Plot
The film’s setting is a town in Oaxaca during the festival of its patron saint, for which the church appoints a layman as mayordomo or steward, an honor that in effect is gained by being able to organize and cover the high costs of most of the saint’s local festivities. The post is however very coveted by the locals as it is socially prestigious. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – La Recta Provincia (2007)

Synopsis:
Once upon a time there was a man. He lived with his mother, and worked as the caretaker of a large country house in Chile. One day the man found a bone in the garden. The bone had holes in it – it was a flute. The man took the flute and began to play it. The music turned into a song, and the voice singing the song begged the man to look for the other bones of a body scattered here and there. So the man and his mother set off following every path – that of God and those of the devil -, looking for the bones so that they could put the skeleton of the Christian man back together again and give him a Christian burial. And they saw what they saw, and lived what they lived. Many a story. And although they never told their tale to anyone, others told it for them. Read More »