A STROKE OF LUCK
VILLAVICIOSA DE AL LADO
2016, Film Sharks, 90 min, Spain, Dir: Nacho G. Velilla

Inspired by actual events, this delightful comedy is one of Spain’s biggest box office hits of the year. The small town of Villaviciosa de al Lado is teetering on bankruptcy when salvation arrives in the form of a huge lottery prize and the accompanying national attention. Unfortunately, the winning ticket was sold at the local brothel, and the group of men who bought it must concoct a scheme to keep the secret from their wives while claiming the cash.


THE BAR
EL BAR
2017, Film Factory, 102 min, Spain/Argentina, Dir: Álex de la Iglesia

Director Álex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST, WITCHING & BITCHING) makes a welcome return with this psychological thriller spiked with black humor. After a patron is killed by an unknown shooter while attempting to leave a Madrid bar, the remaining customers (among them Blanca Suárez, Mario Casas and Carmen Machi) hunker down - and ultimately turn on one another while trying to figure out how to survive and escape.


GOODBYE BERLIN
TSCHICK
2016, 93 min, Germany, Dir: Fatih Akin

Eighth-grade classmates Maik (Tristan Göbel) and Tschick (Anand Batbileg) are both outsiders; Maik, from a wealthy albeit dysfunctional family, is virtually invisible to his peers, while Tschick, from a poor immigrant family, stands out at school with his loud Hawaiian shirt and rebellious attitude. With his mother in rehab and his father away on a business trip, Maik plans to spend the summer alone at home - but that changes when Tschick appears with a “borrowed” car and a notion to visit his grandfather in Wallachia. Akin’s (HEAD-ON) long-awaited adaptation of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s best-selling cult novel delivers a fresh, youthful perspective on the traditional road movie. The 2017 Bavarian Film Award winner for Best Youth Film.


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