SMOKE AND MIRRORS
EL HOMBRE DE LAS MIL CARAS
2016, Film Factory, 123 min, Spain, Dir: Alberto Rodríguez

Writer-director Alberto Rodríguez reunites much of his MARSHLAND creative team for this entertaining thriller inspired by the real-life exploits of onetime Spanish secret service agent Francisco Paesa. Eduard Fernández stars as the ex-spy, who had been left out in the cold by his government and sees an opportunity to settle some scores when a former commissioner of police (Goya winner Carlos Santos) asks him to help hide embezzled millions. “Playing out like a Hispanic OCEAN’S ELEVEN, SMOKE is indeed an enjoyably breathless and spectacular walk along a high wire which seems permanently about to snap but which never quite does.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter.


SPY TIME
ANACLETO: AGENTE SECRETO
2015, 93 min, Dir: Javier Ruiz Caldera

What would you do if you suddenly discovered your father was James Bond? That’s what thirtysomething slacker Adolfo (Quim Gutiérrez) is faced with when he’s targeted by one of his father’s old adversaries (Carlos Areces). Veteran actor Imanol Arias stars as the agente secreto in this hugely enjoyable action-comedy adaptation of Manuel Vázquez Gallego’s 1960s comic strip. In Spanish with English subtitles.


ISMAEL
2013, 106 min, Spain, Dir: Marcelo Piñeyro

With a return address on an envelope his only guide, 8-year-old Ismael (Larsson do Amaral) runs away to Barcelona in search of his estranged father (Mario Casas) but finds instead a grandmother (Belén Rueda) who hadn’t known of Ismael’s existence. As in his earlier KAMCHATKA, Piñeyro displays a sure hand with young actors and serious subjects, and this tale of family reconciliation is both touching and frequently funny. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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