|Recent Spanish Cinema XVI
This is 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 and EGEDA - Filmotech.
With the support of Embassy of Spain in Washington, Spain USA Foundation,
Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles,
Promoción Madrid (Madrid City Council) and E.L.M.A. (European
Languages and Movies in America).
Sponsored by Lladró, Codorniú, Bodegas Terras Gauda y Viña Zaco.
This years selection of recent Spanish cinema focuses
on a new generation of filmmakers, while highlighting performances by both seasoned
veterans and talented newcomers in roles that demonstrate their strength and versatility. Join
us on opening night for a screening of Spains official selection for the 2011
Foreign-Language Film Oscar (EVEN THE RAIN) with co-star Luis Tosar in person and a
celebration following in the Egyptian Theatre Courtyard! Dont miss one of
Spains most vibrant actors, Luis Tosar, as the delectable Bad Mother in Daniel
Monzóns box office hit CELDA 211. Lola Dueñas in Alvaro
Pastors and Antonio Naharros YO, TAMBIÉN, alongside newcomer
Pablo Pineda, garnered the Goya for Best Actress and both won accolades at the 2009 San
Sebastian International Film Festival. Alberto Rodriguezs AFTER
showcases the talents of Blanca Romero, who received a nomination for Best New Actress at
the 2010 Goyas. Emilio Aragons directorial debut, PÁJAROS DE PAPEL,
pairs Imanol Arias and Lluís Homar as a comedy duo in a vaudeville troupe in post-civil
war Spain. Oskar Santos directs EL MAL AJENO, starring Eduardo Noriega in
a "snappishly contempo morality tale [that] is satisfyingly breathless and
twisty," raves Jonathan Holland of Variety. Daniel Sánchez Arévalo directs a
stellar ensemble cast in GORDOS, a comedy that received seven nominations at the 2010 Goyas, with one win for Raúl Arévalo in the
Best Supporting Actor category. Director Laura Mañas second feature LA VIDA
EMPIEZA HOY stars the ever-delightful Rosa Maria Sarda as an unconventional
teacher of a senior citizen sex education class. In LOPE,
Andrucha Waddington brings famed Spanish playwright Lope de Vega's passionate life to the
screen. This highly entertaining late 16th-century Madrid period film just opened in
Spain. All films in Spanish with English subtitles.
In addition to the feature lineup, on Friday night, we will screen the winning entry
from the Recent Spanish Cinema XVI Student Short Film Contest, a competition for Spanish
film students living in Los Angeles. The winner is "Voltereta" by Alexis
We are Thrilled to welcome actors
Eduardo Noriega, Marta Etura and Antonio de la Torre and director Emilio Aragon at the
Recent Spanish Cinema Facebook
Thursday, October 14 7:30 PM
SPAINS OFFICIAL OSCAR SUBMISSION: EVEN THE RAIN (TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA), 2010, Vitagraph Films.
Dir. Icíar Bollaín. A film crew headed by director Sebastian (Gael Garcia Bernal) and
his producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Bolivia to make a revisionist film about the
conquest of Latin America. Set in February and March of 2000 when real-life protests
against the privatization of water rocked the nation, the film reflexively blurs the line
between fiction and reality in what Variety calls "a powerful, richly layered
indictment of the plight of Latin America's dispossessed." A hit at this year's
Toronto International Film Festival, and Spain's official selection for the 2011 Best
Foreign Language Film Oscar. The short "Voltereta" by Alexis
Morante will screen prior to the feature. Discussion following with actor Luis Tosar. Join us for a
celebratory bash in the Egyptian courtyard after the screening! Please note that as of 10/14 there are no more tickets for sale on
Fandango, however we will release available tickets at the box office at 7:15 PM tonight.
Friday, October 15 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: U.S. Premiere! LOPE, 2010, 109 min. Dir. Andrucha Waddington brings famed
Spanish playwright Lope de Vegas passionate life to the screen. The young poet
(Alberto Ammann) returns to Madrid from war and gets his foot in the door of Madrid's most
important theatre troupe quickly charming his boss's daughter. His childhood
friend, Isabel de Urbina, also falls under the spell of his poems. So much seduction
eventually brings misfortune and he must flee Madrid. This highly entertaining late
16th-century Madrid period film just opened in Spain. With Leonor Watling, Pilar Lopez de
Ayala, Juan Diego, Luis Tosar and Antonio della Torre. An official selection of the 2010
Toronto Film Festival. Official Website
PAPER BIRDS (PAJAROS DE PAPEL), 2010, Hispano
FoxFilms, 110 min. Dir. Emilio Aragon. A traveling vaudeville troupe struggles to stay
afloat despite economic hardships in post-civil war Spain. Jorge del Pino (Imanol Arias),
a former member of the resistance, and Enrique Corgo (Lluis Homar), a closeted homosexual,
play a comedy duo who take in a feisty but lovable orphan named Miguel (Roger Princep).
"A zesty celebration of those who entertain us," Variety Trailer | Official Website | Buy
Discussion between films with
director Emilio Aragon (PAJAROS) and Actors Antonio de la Torre & Luis Tosar (LOPE).
Saturday, October 16 - 5:00 PM
U.S. Premiere! LIFE BEGINS TODAY (LA VIDA EMPIEZA HOY), 2010, Ovideo
TV, 90 min. Dir. Laura Maña. Olga (the ever-delightful Rosa Maria Sarda) teaches a sex
education class to a group of senior citizens. "A lively, sympathetic script
brought to bubbling life by fine perfs, agile scripting and a shot of social critique."
Jonathan Holland, Variety. Trailer | Official Website | Buy
Saturday, October 16 - 7:30 PM
L.A. Premiere! FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS (EL MAL AJENO), 2010, Mod
Producciones, 107 min. Dir. Oskar Santos. After a near fatal shooting, Diego (Eduardo
Noriega), an emotionally distant doctor, discovers he mysteriously possesses the ability
to heal with a touch of his hands. This ability proves life-affirming, but with unforeseen
consequences for Diego and his patients. Screen Daily describes this beautifully executed
film as "an intriguing emotional and psychological drama." Trailer | Official Website | Buy
CELL 211 (CELDA 211), 2009, IFC Films, 113 min. Dir.
Daniel Monzón. After an on-the-job accident that renders him unconscious, Juan Oliver
(Alberto Ammann), a rookie prison guard, finds himself locked inside cell 211 during a
prison riot. To ensure his survival, Juan masquerades as a new prisoner and finds himself
under the wings of Malamadre, aka Bad Mother (Luis Tosar), the prison riot leader. "The
film won eight Goya Awards, the Spanish Oscars, this year. It deserves them."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Trailer | Official Website | Buy Tickets
Discussion between films with actor Eduardo Noriega (FOR THE GOOD OF OTHERS).
Sunday, October 17 - 5:00 PM
U.S. Premiere! AFTER,
2009, La Zanfona Producciones, 116 min. Dir. Alberto Rodriguez. Three soon-to-be
middle-aged friends reunite for one drug- and alcohol-fueled night of debauchery in
Seville. Nominated for three Goyas, including Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.
"This is acid noir with a flashy surface." Robert Koehler, Variety
Trailer | Official Website | Buy
Sunday, October 17 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: L.A. Premiere! FAT PEOPLE (GORDOS), 2009, Cinemien, 110 min. Dir. Daniel
Sánchez Arévalo. Stories and lives are intertwined in a group therapy session for fat
people, led by thin therapist Abel (Roberto Enriquez). The participants include a now
fleshier former spokesman for a weight-loss supplement; a jovial crime investigator; and a
woman engaged to a thin and devoutly religious man. Dont miss what Variety called
"a daring, refreshingly fleshy take on societys obsession with
appearances"! Trailer | Official Website
L.A. Premiere! ME
TOO (YO, TAMBIEN), 2009, Olive Films, 103 min. Dir. Alvaro Pastor & Antonio
Naharro. A recent university graduate with Down syndrome, Daniel (Pablo Pineda), falls in
love with coworker Laura (Lola Dueñas, winner of the 2010 Goya for Best Actress), a woman
battling her inner demons. This touching tale focuses on Daniels quest to develop a
romantic relationship with Laura and raises the contentious issue of sexuality and love
within the Down syndrom community.
Trailer | Official Website | Buy Tickets
Discussion between films with actor Antonio de la Torre (FAT PEOPLE).