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Films & Schedules - SPAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6 PM (B2)
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Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B2)
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Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:15 PM (WH)
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BLACK BREAD

DIRECTOR: Agustí Villaronga - SPAIN

Adapted from a novel by Emil Teixidor, Black Bread is set in the harsh years of post-war rural Catalonia. Andreu, a 10-year-old boy, comes across the bodies of a man and his son in the woods. Leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting the village. When the local Fascist authorities want to pin the blame on Andreu’s father, a carefully watched Republican sympathizer, the boy sets out to find the real killers and brings to light long-hidden secrets. Black Bread is a moving plunge into the world of a child making...

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EVEN THE RAIN

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9:15 PM (WH)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 PM (B3)
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EVEN THE RAIN

DIRECTOR: Icíar Bollaín - SPAIN

A huge wooden cross is carried by helicopter over the highlands of Bolivia. Close behind is a film crew, led by producer Costa and director Sebastian (Gael García Bernal), there to make a new film about Columbus’s arrival in the Americas. A call for native extras leads to a veritable flood of candidates, as the local population is desperate for work. But the drama of conquest and opposition about to be enacted for the movie is soon dwarfed by the real-life struggle of these extras and many others against the government’s efforts to take control of the local water supply....

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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 6:30 PM (CM)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (CM)
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FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO

DIRECTOR: Carlos Saura - SPAIN

Fifteen years after Flamenco, his landmark film on the history of Spanish music and dance, Saura re-teams with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and music director Isidro Muñoz to introduce an exciting new generation of flamenco singers, musicians, and dancers. “There is a new and incredibly powerful flamenco being created by young talents who have so much to offer—both in orthodox flamenco and in fusion flamenco, blending in other music styles. The new work cannot be conveyed without giving the context of the great Spanish masters. So, our first mission was to start ‘placing’ the different artists we already know in the...

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THE LAST CIRCUS

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 8:45 PM (WH)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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THE LAST CIRCUS

DIRECTOR: Alex de la Iglesia - SPAIN

In 1937 Spain, a circus troupe is conscripted by the Republican army to battle the National front. The circus’ silly clown carries out a bloodbath with a machete while still dressed in costume. When his young son Javier attempts to help him escape from service, a heartless colonel leaves Javier an orphan. Decades later, an adult Javier joins a circus as the sad clown. The silly clown, Sergio, is a cruel thug, terrorizing co-workers and abusing his girlfriend Natalia, with whom Javier falls in love. The Last Circus offers a bold metaphor for the Spanish Civil War—the clownish extremes of...

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LOPE

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 9:15 PM (B4)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 12 PM (C21)
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LOPE

DIRECTOR: Andrucha Washington - SPAIN

“Returning from a stint as a soldier abroad, the young Lope de Vega (newcomer Alberto Ammann) decides to at least temporarily hang up his sword and try his hand at writing. He demonstrates a talent for improving the work of others to theater owner Jeronimo Vazquez (Juan Diego) and eventually gets to author his own plays. His growing reputation attracts the attention of wealthy merchant Tomas de Perrenot (Miguel Angel Muñoz), who hires him to write love poems for his beloved, Isabel (Leonor Watling)—who happens to be the love of Lope’s youth. The life of Spain’s greatest playwright is brought...

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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 3:45 PM (B3)
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A WAR IN HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTOR: Oriol Porta - SPAIN

The Spanish Civil War, perhaps Hollywood’s first cause célèbre, saw famous actors, directors, and screenwriters joining together to denounce Fascism in Spain. The subject of more than 50 Hollywood films, including such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls and Spanish Earth, the defeat of democracy in Spain left an open wound in the hearts of many, who used their affection for democracy as a potent symbol of the romantic spirit of many of their screen characters. Porta offers a fascinating approach to the relationship between filmmaking and politics, focusing on the personal story of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alvah Bessie (Object...

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