LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED
VIVIR ES FÁCIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS
2013, Outsider Pictures, 108 min, Spain, Dir: David Trueba

This charming road movie, inspired by actual incidents, earned six Goya Awards, including Best Film and two for writer-director David Trueba. In 1966, teacher and Beatles fan Antonio (a superb Javier Camara) learns that John Lennon is filming HOW I WON THE WAR in Almeria, Spain, and sets off to meet his hero, joined by a pair of young runaways. In Spanish with English subtitles.


BLACK BREAD
PA NEGRE
2010, 108 min, Spain, Dir: Agusti Villaronga

In Spain in 1944, 11-year-old Andreu (Francesc Colomer) witnesses the brutal murder of a man and his son in a forested ravine, and quickly runs home to tell his mother, Florencia (Nora Navas). Andreu soon thereafter is sent to live with his extended family in the countryside, where he befriends his jaded cousin Nuria (Marina Comas) who has lost her fingers to a grenade, and a consumptive boy who imagines he has angel wings. Loosely based on Charles Dickens' Great Expectations with the bleak fantastical soul of PAN'S LABYRINTH, subversive filmmaker Agusti Villaronga's harrowing and richly textured depiction of Spanish rural life during wartime is both challenging and rewarding. Winner of a whopping nine Goya Awards, including Best Film, Director, Actress (Navas), New Actor (Colomer), New Actress (Comas) and Supporting Actress (Laia Marull). "Dark to its heart and breathlessly watchable." -Variety In Spanish with English subtitles.


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