Date: February 4, 2000

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel.: 323.461.2020 ext. 115

There will be a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10:00 AM at the Egyptian Theatre. Series guests will attend as well as offcials from the series organizing committee. Space is limited. Please RSVP to the number above. Series guests are available for interview. Tickets will be available to press in limited supply. To speak with someone in Spanish call Angel Gil 323 461 2020 ext. 119 (thru Feb. 29).

IMPORTANT REVISION: Printed versions of this release may have gone out with information that does not appear here. Please note that the March 1st 7:00 PM screening of BY MY SIDE AGAIN (CUANDO VUELVAS A MILADO) has been canceled. This film will not show as part of the RECENT SPANISH CINEMA series. The film AKS THE KING TO EXPLAIN (PIDELE CUENTAS AL REY) will show on Wed., March 1st at 7:00 PM. There will not be a 9:30 PM screening on March 1st. Directors Gracia Querejeta & Icair Bollain will not be attending the series. These changes took place after our press release went to print. Please make a note of them.







Special guests include: directors Fernando Trueba (THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS). Actresses Carmen Maura (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (JEALOUSY) Adriana Ozores (BY MY SIDE AGAIN); and screenwriters Elvira Lindo (MANOLITO FOUR-EYES) and Angeles González Sinde (SECOND SKIN).

February 24 - March 12, 2000

Presented in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education & Culture (ICAA), the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers & Publishers (SGAE), Fundación Autor, Instituto De La Mujer, and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian presents its seventh annual survey of RECENT SPANISH CINEMA, February 24 - March 12, 1999. This selection of the wildest and most uncompromising new films from Spain is highlighted by an in-person tribute and retrospective of the work of the wildly subversive director PEDRO ALMODÓVAR (whose ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER swept the Spanish Goya Awards taking home 7 awards out of 14 nominations), plus a Women In Spanish Cinema Showcase. The series leads off with the savage, erotic drama JEALOUSY, from director Vicente Aranda (LOVERS). Other highlights include a dazzling range of comedies (Fernando Trueba’s THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS and Alex de la Iglesia’s DYING OF LAUGHTER); emotionally-charged dramas (FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD by actress-turned-director Iciar Bollain and the intense, homoerotic SECOND SKIN from Gerardo Vera); plus the highly stylized Carlos Saura production, the mournful, majestic GOYA IN BOURDEAUX (which picked up five Goya Awards). Spain continues to foster stunning new talent, with brilliant, challenging films from first-time directors Benito Zambrano (SOLAS, this year’s Goya award-winner for Best Original Screenplay and Best New Director, plus awards for the cast) and Santiago Lorenzo (the deranged comedy MY SILLY MOTHER). A program of short films from Spain will also screen. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Joining us in-person during the series are the following guests: Directors Pedro Almodovar (ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER), Fernando Trueba (THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS) and Benito Zambrano (SOLAS); Actresses Carmen Maura (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), Adriana Ozores (BY MY SIDE AGAIN), and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon (JEALOUSY); and screenwriters Elvira Lindo (MANOLITO FOUR-EYES), Alicia Luna (ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN) and Angeles Gonzalez Sinde (SECOND SKIN). All guests are subject to their availability.

Pedro Almodóvar Tribute

This year’s series features a special side-bar tribute to wildly subversive director, Pedro Almodóvar, whose films almost single-handedly put Spanish cinema on the world-map in the 1980’s and 90’s. Mixing drag-queens, drug-addicted nuns, homocidal bullfighters, pornographers, punk rockers and more, Almodóvar created a delirious carnival of style, politics and unhinged sexuality in films like WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? and WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.

Born in 1951 in La Mancha, Almodóvar ingested a non-stop diet of florid Hollywood melodramas and Catholic-school education as a child. He moved to Madrid in the early 1970’s, working as a telephone operator before gaining a growing reputation in the Madrid underground for his scandalously-funny comic books and short stories, and his infamous Super-8 mm. shorts with titles like "Two Whores" and "The Fall of Sodom." With his most recent films, THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET, LIVE FLESH and ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, Almodóvar has combined the perverse brilliance of his earlier years with a profound, often breathtaking understanding of the depth of human emotions. Director Pedro Almodóvar is scheduled to join us during the retrospective. Call 323.466.FILM for a schedule of his appearances.


Over the past decade, female directors and screenwriters have fought with increasing success to establish themselves as a significant artistic and commercial force in Spanish filmmaking: from actress-turned-director Iciar Bollain (HI, ARE YOU ALONE?); to Maria Ripoll (TWICE UPON A YESTERDAY); to the late Pilar Miró (DOG IN THE MANGER), the most internationally acclaimed of Spanish female filmmakers.

Following the success of last year's "Women in Spanish Cinema Showcase," this year's series, sponsored by the Instituto de la Mujer, highlights the work of two acclaimed directors: Iciar Bollain, with her latest film, the poetic, bittersweet drama FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD; and first-time filmmaker Gracia Querejeta, with her lyrical women's tale BY MY SIDE AGAIN. We're also pleased to welcome three of Spain's most gifted screenwriters: Elvira Lindo, with the wonderful coming-of-age comedy, MANOLITO FOUR-EYES; Alicia Luna, with the beautifully observed Capraesque gem, ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN; and Angeles González Sinde, with the intense, homo-erotic drama, SECOND SKIN.

Thursday, February 24, 2000

The Thursday, February 24th program begins at 8:00 PM with CELOS (JEALOUSY), (1999, 105 min.), acclaimed director Vicente Aranda's (LOVERS, LIBERTARIAS) white-hot tale of sexual obsession and revenge. Daniel Gimenez Cacho stars as a hardworking truck driver, driven mad by the thought of his wife – the stunning Aitana Sánchez Gijón – with her past lover, the mysterious "José." Aranda’s spare, head-on style transforms this from a simple noir into a merciless portrait of Spanish machismo spun out of control, destroying itself and everything in sight.


Friday, February 25, 2000

The Friday, February 25th program begins at 7:00 PM with a retrospective screening of a brand new 35 mm. print of Director Pedro Almodóvar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS), (1988, MGM/UA, 89 min.). Anarchy – sexual and political – runs riot in this Day-Glo colored comedy about a voice-over actress (Almodóvar favorite, Carmen Maura) desperate to get her lover back, amid Shiite terrorists, flaming beds, and some of the wildest slapstick since BRINGING UP BABY. With Antonio Banderas. We are hoping that director Pedro Almodóvar will be able to join us for post-screening discussion – please call 323/466-FILM for confirmation and update on Mr. Almodóvar’s attendance.

Following at 9:30 PM with LISBOA (LISBON), (1999, 100 min.) from director Antonio Hernández. Two of Spanish cinema’s finest actors – the legendary Carmen Maura and the great Argentinian Federico Luppi – star in this dark, vengeful thriller about a terrified wife trying to escape from her apparently, loving family. Newcomer Sergi Lopez co-stars as the porn-video salesman who gives Maura a lift – and gets slowly sucked into the whirlpool of this Spanish DETOUR.


Saturday, February 26, 2000

The Saturday, February 26th program begins at 6:00 PM with the WW II era political satire LA NIÑA DE TUS OJOS (THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS), (1998, 121 min.). Spanish sensation Penelope Cruz (about to hit U.S. screens in ALL THE PRETTY HORSES) stars as a headstrong actress who is the girl of everyone’s dreams, in this high-spirited comic drama about a troupe of Spanish actors sent to Berlin in the 1930’s to shoot a movie at U.F.A. studios. Director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE) beautifully orchestrates a cast of stellar talents – including Jorge Sanz, María Barranco, Antonio Resines and Santiago Segura – as the Spaniards hop from soundstage to bedroom, and run afoul of venomous propaganda minister Josef Goebbels. Cruz’s red-hot flamenco number may make you forget about Rita Hayworth in GILDA. Discussion following with director Fernando Trueba.

Following at 8:45 P.M. with a Pedro Almodóvar Double-Feature. First on the bill is MATADOR, (1986, New Yorker, 106 min.), director Pedro Almodóvar’s perverse portrait of serial killers in love. Crippled bullfighter Nacho Martinez finds himself drawn to mesmerizing black widow Assumpta Serna. Antonio Banderas co-stars as Angel, a young toreador desperate to prove his manhood (and possessed by strange psychic visions). "In Spain, bullfighting is more sacred than God" – Almodóvar.

Next on the same bill, is WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS? (¿QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO?), (1984, 101 min.) in which Pill-popping housewife Carmen Maura scrubs floors all day long to support a typical Almodóvar family that includes a gay 12-year old son, a husband addicted to a suicidal German singer, and a dominatrix next-door neighbor. Jaw-dropping black comedy from the master of surreal melodrama, Spanish style.

Sunday, February 27 2000

The Sunday, February 27th program begins at 11:30 A.M. with a special "Women in Spanish Cinema" Seminar, featuring an in-depth discussion with director  Screenwriters Elvira Lindo (MANOLITO FOUR-EYES), Angeles González Sinde (SECOND SKIN), and Alicia Luna (ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN). Please note: The seminar will take place in the 78-seat Steven Spielberg Theatre, the entrance to which is in the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre. Admission is FREE to this seminar only.

Screening as part of Women In Spanish Cinema Showcase at 2:30 P.M. is MANOLITO GAFOTAS (MANOLITO FOUR-EYES), (1999, 85 min.), from the same directing and screenwriting team -- Miguel Albaladejo and Elvira Lindo – that brought us last year’s sleeper hit THE FIRST NIGHT OF MY LIFE. This sweet, perceptive comedy is about a chubby boy – known as "Manolito Four-eyes" (David Sánchez Rey) who is stuck with a brother named "The Imbecile" and no plans for summer vacation. Suddenly, Manolito’s usually-absent dad shows up and takes him on a roadtrip filled with car-sickness, sexy waitresses and an unexpected detour to the beach. Discussion following with Screenwriter Elvira Lindo.

Screening as part of Women In Spanish Cinema Showcase at 5:00 P.M. is FLORES DE OTRO MUNDO (FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD), (1999, 106 min.), with José Sancho, Lissete Mejía, Luis Tosar, Marilín Torres, Chete Lera, Elana Irureta. Actress-turned-director Iciar Bollain delivers on the promise of her excellent first feature, HI, ARE YOU ALONE?, with this powerful, bittersweet drama about a group of Latin American women who travel to rural Spain in search of husbands. Bollain combines the hard-earned realism of Mike Leigh with the harsh, desolate poetry of Victor Erice’s SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE, in her earthy, compelling portrait of lonely souls in a lonely place.

Following at 7:30 P.M. is a screening of GOYA EN BURDEOS (GOYA IN BORDEAUX), (1999, 98 min.) from Spain’s most admired filmmaker, Carlos Saura (TANGO, CARMEN). Here he re-teams with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro for this luminous, mournful portrait of the last days in the life of famed painter Goya (played by the legendary Francisco Rabal in a lovely, nuanced performance). As he struggles to finish his final work, Goya re-lives his past loves and tragedies – including his passion for the gorgeous, ill-fated Duchess of Alba (Maribel Verdú). At the recent Goya Awards (Spanish equivalent of the Oscars), GOYA picked up five Goyas including Best Lead Actor (Francisco Rabal) and Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro).

Wednesday, March 1, 2000

The Wednesday, March 1st program begins at 7:00 PM with director José Antonio Quirós’ PIDELE CUENTAS AL REY (ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN), (1999, 97 min.) (part of the "Women in Spanish Cinema Showcase,"). A small Capra-esque gem about human resistance in the face of overwhelming odds, PIDELE CUENTAS stars Antonio Resines as a miner who loses his job when the government shuts down the last mine in Mieres. Refusing early retirement, Resines walks on foot with his outspoken wife Adriana Ozores and son to meet the King in Madrid, and ask him for a job. Discussion following with screenwriter Alicia Luna and Actress Adriana Ozores.

Thursday, March 2, 2000

The Thursday, March 2nd program begins at 7:00 PM with a "Women in Spanish Cinema Showcase," screening of SEGUNDA PIEL (SECOND SKIN), (1999, 100 min.). Two of Spain’s finest young actors – Jordi Molla (LUCKY STAR) and Javier Bardem (LIVE FLESH, GOLDEN BALLS) – heat up the screen in this drama about a married, seemingly-straight airline engineer (Molla) who conceals his overwhelming gay passion for a local surgeon (Bardem). An honest, and sexually explicit look at hearts and lives in collision from director Gerardo Vera, marked by great performances from Molla, Bardem and actress Ariadna Gil (LIBERTARIAS). Discussion following with screenwriter Angeles González Sinde.

Following at 9:30 P.M. is a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s DARK HABITS (ENTRE TINIEBLAS), (1983, New Yorker, 100 min.). Welcome to the Convent of the Humble Redeemers, where Sister Manure and Sister Sewer Rat fend off the advances of the lesbian, heroin-sniffing mother superior, and a strung-out bolero singer (Cristina S. Pascual) who goes on the lam from the Madrid cops. Almodóvar’s most savage, sacrilegious comedy features a line-up of fabulous Spanish actresses including Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes and Chus Lampreave.

Friday, March 3, 2000

The Friday, March 3rd program begins at 7:00 PM with MUERTOS DE RISA (DYING OF LAUGHTER), (1999, 105 min.) from Alex de la Iglesia, (the manic director of DAY OF THE BEAST and last year’s PERDITA DURANGO). MUERTOS DE RISA is a scathing 3-Stooges-style comedy about two talentless TV performers, "Nino and Bruno" (Santiago Segura and El Gran Wyoming) who rise to tacky polyester fame by slapping and kicking the hell out of each other on-camera. In real life they develop a paranoid hatred of one another and what follows is a scathing satire of the ridiculousness of fame and the toll it takes on a human being.

Following at 9:30 P.M. is Pedro Almodóvar’s THE LAW OF DESIRE (LA LEY DEL DESEO), (1987, New Yorker, 100 min.), a dizzying, poly-sexual melodrama starring Carmen Maura as a boy-turned-girl with a mucho-complicated sex-life (incest, transvestitism and so on). She is kidnapped by the murderously good-looking lover, (heartthrob Antonio Banderas) of her gay pornographer brother (Eusebio Poncela). Banderas’ smoldering presence, and his first man-on-man screen kiss, made him a gay icon worldwide.

Saturday, March 4, 2000

The Saturday, March 4th program begins at 6:00 PM with SOLAS (ALONE) (1999, Samuel Goldwyn, 98 min.), the Winner of the Audience Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival and winner of five Spanish Goya Awards including Best Original Script, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress (Maria Galiana), Best New Actress (Ana Fernandez) and Best New Actor (Carlos Alvarez). A surprise sensation at the Spanish box-office, first-time director Benito Zambrano’s emotionally charged drama stars Ana Fernández as a hard-drinking, short-tempered young working woman, struggling to stay afloat in modern Spain. The arrival of her silent mother (María Galiana) from the country, opens up old wounds and forces the two women to confront the vast gulf between them. Soon to be released in the U.S. through Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Following at 8:30 P.M. is a Pedro Almodóvar Double Feature. First on the bill, is PEPI, LUCI, BOM (PEPI, LUCI, BOM Y OTRAS CHICAS DEL MONTON), (1980, 80 min.), the last of Almodóvar’s notorious underground movies and his feature directorial debut. Carmen Maura stars as an heiress willing to sell her virginity to the highest bidder, until she is raped by a sleaze-bag policeman. Bent on revenge, Maura convinces a 16-year old punk rocker to kidnap the cop’s wife, who turns out to be a masochist in disguise! Watch for a brief Almodóvar cameo at a penis-judging contest.

Next on the same bill, is Almodóvar’s LABYRINTH OF PASSION (LABERINTO DE PASIONES), (1982, New Yorker, 90 min.). Almodóvar created his own punk group – Illegal Black Kiss Dolls – to record the soundtrack for this insanely-raw, freewheeling gutter-comedy about a cheerful nymphomaniac named Sexi (Cecilia Roth), her homosexual soul-mate (Imanol Arias), and about 50 other neurotics, amateur terrorists, plastic surgeons and more. "Along the way, Almodóvar sends up gynecology, genetic science, rock and roll, stimulants and tranquilizers, sado-porn movies, incest, test-tube babies and exiled tyrants … Only God is left relatively unscathed" – Village Voice.

Sunday, March 5, 2000

The Sunday, March 5th program begins at 5:00 PM with SOBREVIVIRE (I WILL SURVIVE) (1999, 105 min.), written by Alfonso Albacete, Lucia Extebarria and David Menkes. From the co-directors of the smash erotic hit. NOT LOVE, JUST FRENZY, Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes’, I WILL SURVIVE is a sexy, bittersweet portrait of one young woman's journey through life. The glorious Emma Suárez (TIERRA, LA ARDILLA ROJA) stars as Marga, a single mother struggling with the recent death of her lover. Juan Diego Botto co-stars as the gay man who convinces Suárez to reconsider her ideas of love and romance. A major hit in Spain, featuring a tremendous gypsy flamenco soundtrack by Paco Ortega.

Following at 7:15 PM is AUTOR X AUTOR – 4 Short Films on Music (1999, 30 min. ea.). Spain’s finest modern filmmakers team up with its greatest singers and musicians for this unique series of intimate documentaries. First, the director of TANGOS ARE FOR TWO, Jaime Chavarri, focuses his camera on famed singer Luis Eduardo Aute; next, the late Pilar Miro (in her final film) collaborates with the great vocalist Victor Manuel. Masterful filmmaker José Luis García Sanchez captures the intense poetry of singer/songwriter Joaquin Sabina, and finally, director Fernando Trueba (THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS) lets it rip with Michel Camilo and his irresistible blend of Latin jazz and salsa.

Wednesday, March 8, 2000

The Wednesday, March 8th program begins at 7:00 PM with RECENT SPANISH SHORTS, a program of exciting new visions and stories from the latest crop of Spanish cinema talent. Director Miguel Crespi’s "Puta De Oros" (13 min.) is the story of Adrian, a "rent-boy" of a different kind, who finds fame is not all he had dreamed of since childhood. Featuring outrageous "naked" costumes "Ruleta" (Roulette) (12 min.), from director Roberto Santiago, is a quintessential Spanish black comedy about a group of housewives who argue, drink coffee and shoot guns, as seen from the point-of-view of a washing machine! Featuring Aitana Sánchez Gijón (CELOS,THE CHAMBERMAID ON THE TITANIC). Director José Javier Martínez’s "Luz" (8min.), winner of the Production Value Award at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, is a beautiful, sweet animated short about where we come from and the comfort of home, wherever we find it. David Pareja & Alvaro Pastor’s "Los Dardo Del Amor" ("The Dark Parts of Love") (21 min.) is set in the 1960’s and examines the dark secrets of two upwardly-mobile couples. Jose Luis Barrios Trevino’s "Movil Immortal" looks at the dark side of the cell phone revolution. Jorge Torregrossa’s "Desiree" (14 min.) is set immediately after WW II as a couple tries to resolve their marital problems in the form of two sailors. Juan Cruz’s "El Olor De Las Manzanas" ("The Secret of Apples") (12 min.) in which Violet watches over her comatose sister in a hospital and decides to expose her deepest secrets. Short films will not necessarily be screened in the order listed here. Directors who will appear in-person for discussion include: director Jose Javier Martinez ("Luz"), producer Anna Vivar ("Puta De Oros") and others.

Following at 8:30 P.M. is PARIS-TOMBUCTU, (1999, 107 min.). From Luis García Berlanga, the director of Spain’s most-beloved comedy BIENVENIDO MR. MARSHALL, PARIS-TOMBUCTU is a raucous, in-your-face satire about a sexually frustrated plastic surgeon – played by French acting great Michel Piccoli – who decides to pitch it all in and head to Timbuktu on his bike. Instead, he ends up in the fictitious town of Calabuch ("invented" by Berlanga in 1956), in this absurdly hysterical modern fable.

Friday, March 10, 2000

The Friday, March 10th program begins at 7:00 PM with MAMA ES BOBA (MY SILLY MOTHER), (1999, 92 min.), a bizarre, wildly subversive comedy from first-time director Santiago Lorenzo, MAMA ES BOBA follows the trials and tribulations of a young boy, Martín (José Luis Lago) with no bowel control. To make things worse, Martín’s semi-literate, unemployed mother is catapulted to cruel fame as presenter on a local TV station – where the entire town laughs at her, not with her. If you’re a fan of John Waters, be sure to check this out.

Following at 9:15 P.M. is a Pedro Almodóvar double header. First is TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! (ATAME!), (1989, Miramax (Swank), 102 min.) featuring Antonio Banderas as a paroled mental patient, who kidnaps former porn star-turned-junkie Victoria Abril to save her from herself. Almodóvar’s violently sexy take on male-female relations made this his most controversial film in the U.S., where it earned a hotly-contested X-rating. "In a country like Spain I don’t have to explain that TIE ME UP! is a love story, or defend myself against accusations that it could turn you into a psychopath - !" – Almodóvar.

Next on the same bill is HIGH HEELS (TACONES LEJANOS), (1991, Miramax (Swank), 114 min.). Fiery Victoria Abril is back again, this time in the wildly-demented soap-opera of a love-starved newscaster coming to terms with her egotistical, pop-star diva of a mother (Marisa Paredes) – with a little help from a heterosexual drag queen who performs her mother’s hits!

Saturday, March 11, 1999

The Saturday, March 11th program begins at 6:00 PM with LAS HUELLAS BORRADAS (WIPED-OUT FOOTPRINTS), (1999, 98 min.) from director Enrique Gabriel. The poet Manuel Perea (Federico Luppi) returns to his childhood village just before it’s about to be flooded by a reservoir, and there he renews his long-suppressed love for widow Mercedes Sampietro. Part lyrical journey into the forbidden past, part philosophical contemplation of the unavoidable future, LAS HUELLAS BORRADAS evokes the melancholy beauty of northern Spain and the stubborn souls who live there. "One of the most impressive Spanish films of the year" – Jonathan Holland, Variety.

Following at 8:15 P.M. is a Pedro Almodóvar double header. First is KIKA, (1993, USA Films, 114 min.), Almodóvar’s shockingly funny satire on media-culture and modern romance. Veronica Forqué stars as a make-up artist juggling multiple lovers (some with multiple personalities), while rabid TV reporter Victoria Abril cruises Madrid in skin-tight Gaultier outfits with a video-camera strapped to her head, looking to film extremely violent acts. "When I’m criticized, I want to become more dirty and more provocative – that’s my answer." – Almodóvar.

Next on the same bill, is LIVE FLESH (CARNE TREMULA), (1997, MGM/UA, 101 min.). Almodóvar assembled one of his finest casts for this mature, complex and often disturbing story of a naïve young man (Liberto Rabal), who breaks into a girl’s apartment, and winds up accidentally shooting a police officer (Javier Bardem) who investigates. Released from prison years later, Rabal re-enters the crippled cop’s life, and ends up seducing his beautiful, devoted wife (Francesca Neri).

Sunday, March 12, 2000

The Sunday, March 12th program begins at 5:00 PM with a Luis Buñuel Centennial screening of VIRIDIANA, (1961, 90 min.). In honor of the centennial of the birth of director Luis Buñuel (1900–1983), we’re presenting one of his most brilliant, scandalous films (a movie that was banned in his homeland of Spain, and almost had him arrested in Milan!). A novice nun (Silvia Pinal) finds herself corrupted by her spectacularly wicked uncle, Fernando Rey, until she turns the tables by installing a group of beggars and lepers in his Madrid mansion. Co-starring longtime Buñuel friend Francisco Rabal (GOYA IN BOURDEAUX).

Following at 7:15 P.M. is the final feature in the Pedro Almodóvar Tribute, THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET (FLOR DE MI SECRETO), (1996, New Yorker, 107 min.). Almodóvar switched gears radically with this rich, soul-searching portrait of a middle-aged romance novelist (played by longtime collaborator Marisa Paredes), who is thrown into deep depression and alcoholism when she discovers that her handsome husband (Imanol Arias) has lost interest in her. "The key is becoming the owner of your own loneliness. And this is what my heroine has to suffer so much to discover" – Almodóvar.

Tickets $7 General. $5 American Cinematheque Members. Double features are one admission price.

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(Feb. 17)

The Slamdance Film Festival 2000 Grand Jury Prize Winner Frank Novak’s GOOD HOUSEKEEPING with short "Elevator World" (8 min.) from director Mitchell Rose.

(March 9)

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase: OTHER VOICES (from the Sundance Film Festival 2000 Dramatic Competition).

(March 16-26)

The Films of Tony Curtis

(March 22 & 23)

The best of the Slamdance Film Festival featuring Stephen Kinsella’s DOUBLE PARKED (Moviemaker Award); Farhad Yawarzi’s DOLPHINS (Audience Award) from Germany; Chris Wilcha’s THE TARGET SHOOTS FIRST (Best Documentary & Best Editing) with "Night Deposit" (Best Online Short); Veit Helmer’s TUVALU (Best Cinematography) from Germany and selected shorts.

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