October 13 - 16, 2011, at the Egyptian Theatre
This year’s selection of recent Spanish cinema highlights everything from the most exuberant genre pieces to dramas notable for their restrained subtlety. Selections include Daniel Sanchez Arevalo's comedy COUSINHOOD, about a trio of cousins on a pilgrimage back to the pueblo; Montxo Armendariz's DON'T BE AFRAID starring Belen Rueda, which looks with intense yet wrenching care at the long-term effects of a young woman's abusive upbringing; the nuanced and subversive ANYTHING YOU WANT from director Achero Manas and starring Juan Diego Botto, a gender-questioning family drama about a widowed man raising his young daughter; Pau Frexias’ FOREVER YOUNG, about a group of pre-teens facing the trials of growing up one summer in the 1980s; TORRENTE 4: LETHAL CRISIS, the fourth installment in writer-director-star Santiago Segura's cult franchise about iconic lowlife cop Jose Luis Torrente; and Fernando Gonzalez Molina’s THREE STEPS ABOVE HEAVEN, starring Mario Casas as a short-fuse biker who falls for a girl from the other side of the tracks. Additionally, the winning entry of the New Filmmakers from Spain short film contest, Sergio Abuja's "Waterline," about two strangers who survive the sinking of a cruise ship, will screen.
Also, join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Goya Awards, the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain’s annual award ceremony that has unquestionably become the cinema festival par excellence in the country. An array of famous names have several of the statuettes adorning their shelves, from Pedro Almodóvar to Penélope Cruz, as well as Javier Bardem, Alejandro Amenábar, Javier Aguirresarobe and Alberto Iglesias. Very fittingly, Agusti Villaronga’s BLACK BREAD, Spain's official 2011 submission for the Foreign-Language Oscar which swept the Goyas this year with 9 wins - including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Supporting Actress - is a prominent selection of our 17th Annual Recent Spanish Cinema series.
All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Jaie Laplante. Program notes by Beth Hanna.