CALLE 54
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 105 min, Dir: Fernando Trueba

Acclaimed Spanish director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE) brought Latin jazz greats from all over the world to a recording studio on 54th Street in New York City for a musical summit meeting. Tito Puente, Chano Dominguez, Chucho Valdes, Gato Barbieri, Cachao and others are in top form in this magical performance film. “CALLE 54 is closer in spirit to THE LAST WALTZ in that it mounts a respectful staging of the songs by its performers with an ease and classiness not lavished on jazz since the black-and-white jazz shorts of the 1930s and ’40s.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times.


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.


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