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<<< June 12 - 22, 2008
|Recent Spanish Cinema XIV
An Egyptian Theatre exclusive!
Presented in collaboration with the Instituto de la
Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture,
EGEDA and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, ICEX and Consulate General of Spain in
With the support of ELMA.
This year Spanish Cinema received more international recognition with the popular
success of Juan Antonio Bayonas THE ORPHANAGE (EL ORFANATO). But there are even more
Spanish films out there to amaze you! Well be showing Goya Award winners, Jaime
Rosales SOLITARY FRAGMENTS (LA SOLEDAD) (Best Picture, Director and New Actor), Emilio
Martínez Lázaros 13 ROSES (LAS 13 ROSAS) (Best Supporting Actor and
Cinematography) and Gracia Querejetas SEVEN BILLIARD TABLES (SIETE
MESAS DE BILLAR FRANCÉS) (Best Actress and Supporting Actress), plus popular
festival hits Icíar Bollaíns MATAHARIS, Julio Medems CHAOTIC
ANA (CAÓTICA ANA), Rodrigo Plás THE ZONE (LA ZONA) and Ventura
Pons BARCELONA (A MAP) (BARCELONA (UNA MAPA)) -- plus more great, recent
Spanish cinema! Please keep checking our website for added guests from various
films casts and crews.
Thursday, June 12 7:30 PM
Opening Night U.S. Premiere
SOLITARY FRAGMENTS (LA SOLEDAD), 2007, The Match
Factory/Fresdeval Films, 128 min. Director Jaime Rosales follows the lives
of two women, Adela (Sonia Almarcha), a single mother with an infant son, and widow
Antonia (Petra Martínez), the mother of three daughters. Their lives change
inalterably in the wake of the Madrid terrorist bombings. Winner of Goya Awards for
Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Actor (José Luis Torrijo). "Jaime
Rosales beautifully consolidates the achievement of his distinguished debut THE HOURS OF
THE DAY, with SOLITARY FRAGMENTS, a leisurely but rewardingly intense dual narrative that
delicately unpicks the secret lives of women." Jonathan Holland, Variety.
Preceded by the short: Hwidar Abdelatifs "Salvador,"
(11 min.) Discussion following with actress Sonia
Friday, June 13 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere: MATAHARIS,
2007, La Iguana/Sogepaq, 95 min. Dir. Icíar Bollaín. Private investigator Inés (María
Vázquez) goes undercover as an employee at a multinational corporation having labor
problems. Thanks to her new friendship with colleague and union representative Manuel (Diego
Martín), she unearths the workers tactics. But her subterfuge presents her with
a difficult emotional and ethical decision. Eva (Najwa Nimri), just back from
maternity leave, juggles work and family obligations when she discovers that her partner,
Iñaki (Tristán Ulloa), is hiding something fundamental to their future. Carmen (Nuria
González), the most experienced of the three, watches and videotapes Sergio's (Antonio
de la Torre) marital collapse, something that brings her to the realization that her
own marriage is disintegrating. "MATAHARIS deals with themes of distrust, false
appearances, career vs. principles, not to mention surveillance as cameras surround us
more and more. Bollain does this subtly, mixing three intertwining stories that are
ultimately far more powerful and interesting for the way they deal with personal themes.
So here is a private eye movie that makes us ponder the morality of that eye."
Graham Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter.
U.S. Premiere: 13
ROSES (LAS 13 ROSAS), 2007, Enrique Cerezo Productions, 132 min. Winner of
four Goya Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (José Manuel Cervino) and Best
Cinematography (José Luis Alcaine). Goya-nominated director Emilio Martínez Lázaro
focuses on the true story of thirteen innocent young women who were imprisoned, then
executed at the end of the Spanish Civil War in 1939, allegedly for leftist ties and
sympathy for a rumored plot on General Francisco Francos life. Actresses Pilar
López de Ayala, Marta Etura and Verónica Sánchez stand out in a
distinguished cast. 13 ROSES is preceded by the short: Arturo Ruizs "Paseo" (12 min.) Discussion
following with actress María Vázquez.
Saturday, June 14 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere: CHAOTIC ANA (CAÓTICA ANA), 2007, Sogepaq, 120 min. Inspired by
the life and artwork of his own sister who died tragically in 2000, director Julio
Medem (SEX AND LUCIA, THE RED SQUIRREL) composes an enthralling portrait of a
youthful, free-spirited woman whose life is in constant flux. Is it because of her
uncommon sensitivity? Or is it memories of her past lives from bygone eras rising to the
surface, lives that all ended at a calamitous young age? Raised in a cave dwelling on the
Spanish isle of Ibiza by her iconoclast father, Ana (Manuela Vellés) is recruited
to a Madrid arts commune by patron Justine (Charlotte Rampling). But she soon
undergoes successive breakdowns as she becomes entranced by the paintings of artist Said (Nicolas
Cazalé). Under hypnosis from an American therapist (Asier Newman), Ana
regresses to various lives, and her spirit grows accordingly. As the film progresses,
Medem transforms the saga into an elliptical, stream-of-consciousness narrative that
mesmerizes the audience, culminating in Anas outrageous, strikingly effective
confrontation with an American politician (Gerrit Graham) in New York City. "A
daring journey of self-exploration becomes a dizzying exploration of the history of
womankind." Jonathan Holland, Variety. Discussion
following with Actress Manuela Vellés.
ME (YO), 2007, Fausto Productions, 100 min. First-time director Rafa
Cortés makes an impressive debut with this moody, bewildering mystery about identity.
Co-writer Álex Brendemühl stars as Hans, a German handyman who goes to work for a
boorish German businessman on the island of Majorca. Hans soon discovers that his
employers previous hireling was also a German named Hans, a man who was universally
reviled in the village. One day he disappeared, leaving all his belongings behind. As the
oppressive rainy season on the island gets decidedly gloomier, Hans becomes obsessed with
the secret of his predecessor. Was the man murdered? Or perhaps a murderer himself? Are
there answers to the puzzle? Or are they only the fevered musings of our vulnerable
protagonist, a man who may be coming unglued in a Lynchian universe of interchangeable
identities? Winner of the 2007 FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam International Film
Festival. Introduction to
YO (ME) with director Rafa Cortés.
Sunday, June 15 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere: SEVEN BILLIARD
TABLES (SIETE MESAS DE BILLAR FRANCÉS), 2007, 113 min. Nominated for
ten Goya Awards and winner of two, Best Actress (Maribel Verdú) and Best
Supporting Actress (Amparo Baró), director Gracia Querejetas drama
observes how characters are shaken by the death of a loved one. Angela (Verdú) returns
with her young son to visit her dying father, only to arrive after he has expired. She
meets her fathers ex-convict girlfriend, Charo (Blanca Portillo), then almost
immediately learns her own husband has gone missing after being accused of fraud. With the
two grown men in her life now gone, Angela decides to remain in the village and run her
late fathers billiards parlor. Laced with humor, Querejetas incisive,
anecdotal chronicle is a tapestry of interwoven lives, all unexpectedly intersecting due
to the passing of one of their own. "
reinforces Gracia Querejeta's
reputation as a purveyor of finely crafted
The real star
of the show is Portillo, rapidly consolidating her rep as a fine character actor as she
explores every cranny of her complex role. Other perfs are well up to scratch -- Verdu in
particular has become a guarantor of a pic's quality, and doesn't disappoint here."
Jonathan Holland, Variety.
MÁNCORA, 2008, 100 min. Dir. Ricardo de Montreuil.
Self-absorbed Santi (Jason Day) is thrown for a loop when his former pop star
father commits suicide. With no ties left in Lima, Peru he decides to head north to the
beaches of Máncora. His step-sister Ximena (Elsa Pataky) appears from New York
unexpectedly and she invites her wealthy husband Inigo (Enrique Murciano) and
herself along, developing an explosive triangle of sexual tension. Road-tripping through
beach towns bustling with sex, drugs and booze, emotions run high on all sides. "This
film boasts an appealing cast, alluring locations and fluent visual style... A taut,
stylish drama brimming with heated sex and illicit desire..." - Justin Lowe, The
Hollywood Reporter. View Trailer. Interviews
with cast & crew. Introduction
to MANCORA with director Ricardo de Montreuil and actress Anhi de Cardenas.
Friday, June 20 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere: THE
ZONE (LA ZONA), 2007, The Wild Bunch/Morena Films, 97 min. Dir. Rodrigo Plá.
During a storm, power goes out in an ultra-secure enclave of middle-class homes in Mexico
City. Three teenagers partying in a neighborhood junkyard use a downed pole to climb over
the wall on a lark and loot a random house. But things go wrong when the resident fights
back, security guards attack and persons on both sides end up dead. The youngest boy
Miguel hides, while the residents led by "decent" Daniel (Daniel Giménez
Cacho) and brutal Gerardo (Carlos Bardem), organize residents to dispose of the
bodies, resist any police investigation and mercilessly hunt the escaped boy.
Daniels wife (Maribel Verdú) expresses doubts and their idealistic son
Alejandro (Daniel Tovar) grows estranged, then disgusted as he witnesses the
inhuman actions of not only the adults but his own friends. An uncompromising thriller
that delivers a subtle message about the pathetic willingness in the "civilized
world" to sacrifice its humanity for a false sense of absolute security. "Twisted
values and fear-driven mob madness form the core of Rodrigo Pla's hard-hitting
impressive feature debut that sweeps the viewer into the horrors of vigilante
justice, doing more than simply pitting the haves against the have-nots. Set within an
exclusive gated community surrounded by slums in Mexico City, the pic tackles issues of
privilege, responsibility and group mentality in subtler ways than descriptions might
convey, finishing it all off with a punch." Jay Weissberg, Variety
Saturday, June 21 7:30 PM
U.S. Premiere: BARCELONA (A MAP) (BARCELONA (UN MAPA)), 2007, ELS Films
De La Rambla S.A., 90 min. Director Ventura Pons zeroes in on five segments,
fascinating dialogues between landlord couple Ramon (José Maria Pou) and Rosa (María
Núria) and various tenants in their building whom they have decided to evict. But
each conversation touches on many other issues besides residency life in the city,
gender identity and politics, loneliness and crime. Filmmaker Pons has a way of making
conversations rivetingly cinematic, and his exceptional cast augment his efforts with
sterling, moving performances. At the end of the evening, startling revelations are
forthcoming that are entirely appropriate. "
a typically thought-provoking
the script is brilliantly brought to life by a gathering
of fine thesps
its deftness of touch and sheer humanity make it surprisingly
accessible fare." Jonathan Holland, Variety.
U.S. Premiere: SUNDAY LIGHT (LUZ DE DOMINGO), 2007, Nickel Odeon Dos, 111
min. José Luis Garci directs this stirring period melodrama set in early 20th
century Spain. Álex González stars as a civil servant who arrives to work in a
small village town hall and almost immediately falls for local landowner Alfredo Landas
daughter (Paula Echeverría). But the community is far from idyllic, with the town
lorded over by the family of the authoritarian mayor (Carlos Larranaga). When
Gonzalez tries to remain neutral in village politics as his marriage approaches, the
couple are punished by the mayors brutal sons. Narrated in flashback by one of the
main characters, the tragic events unfold in bittersweet glimpses into an era of romantic
chivalry, plagued by feudal, still-repressive impulses struggling to assert themselves in
a modern age. Double feature preceded by short: Daniel Sanchezs "Traumalogia" (22 min.)
Sunday, June 22 7:30 PM
SUSOS TOWER (LA TORRE DE SUSO), 2007,
Mediapro, 100 min. Dir. Tom Fernández. When his old friend Suso dies of an
overdose, Cundo (Javier Cámara) returns from Argentina to the Asturian mining
village for the funeral. There he encounters his parents as well as many old
acquaintances, formerly a bunch of hedonistic revelers. When Cundo gets it into his head
that drawings Suso left behind are really messages from beyond the grave, directions for
the old friends to build a tower in the late Susos front yard, he has a hard time
convincing anyone. Little by little, though, his persistence unites them in the common
that rare thing in Spanish cinema -- an authentically enjoyable
comedy. Propelled by a charming central performance by the reliable Javier
" Jonathan Holland, Variety.
U.S. Premiere: PEPE SALES: POOR, POOR MEN, WHO ELSE END UP AT THE BOTTOM (PEPE
SALES: POBRES, POBRES QUE ELS DONGUIN PEL CUL), 2007, Alguienvolo, 76 min. Pepe
Sales was a courageous, groundbreaking folk rock musician and visual artist who
irreverently broke down barriers on every front. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Sales
provocatively (and often hilariously) thumbed his nose at the status quo of Spanish pop
culture and tradition -- from religion to homosexuality to freedom of expression to
drug-taking hedonism to the pursuit of absolute artistic integrity. Although plagued by
legal problems due to his lifestyle and later failing health after contracting HIV/AIDS,
the late Sales continued to create startling works of art and music till the very end,
maintaining his dark sense of humor to his dying breath. Sales friends Lulú
Martorelli and Albert Pla directed this astonishing documentary on the life of
the late iconoclast. Sales career was documented on video and film from the outset,
and Martorelli and Pla draw on a wealth of fascinating archival material.