THE QUEEN OF SPAIN
LA REINA DE ESPAÑA
2017, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 128 min, Spain, Dir: Fernando Trueba

Director Fernando Trueba revisits the characters of his THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS some 20 years later with another comedic tale of a chaotic film shoot. Penelope Cruz returns as Macarena Granada, now a Hollywood star, who has been cast in a musical biopic of Queen Isabella being made in Madrid during the Franco regime; Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes join the crew as a screenwriter and leading man, respectively.


TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!
ATAME!
1989, Janus Films, 102 min, Spain, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

Paroled mental patient Antonio Banderas kidnaps former porn star-turned-junkie Victoria Abril to save her from herself, in Almodóvar’s violently sexy take on male-female relations – and 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.


WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS
1988, Sony Pictures Classics, 89 min, Spain, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

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. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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