AFI Silver’s Festival of New Spanish Cinema April 9—12

El niño, from Daniel Manzón.

El niño, from Daniel Manzón.

Now in its eighth consecutive year, the 2015 Festival of New Spanish Cinema consolidates itself as the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish cinema in North America. The festival will screen some of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year, while providing a space for audiences to discuss the pieces with the filmmakers. Some films will offer glimpses into important and hidden issues; others will inspire with energized rhythms; and others will explore love without frontiers.

 

The Festival of New Spanish Cinema is curated and organized by Pragda and SPAIN arts & culture. Presented by AFI Silver. Supported by ACCIÓN CULTURAL ESPAÑOLA, AC/E (www.accioncultural.es) and Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. In collaboration with Cinelandia and Marvin&Wayne.

 

OPENING NIGHT:

THE KID [El Niño]

Q&A with filmmaker Daniel Monzón plus post-screening reception sponsored by SPAIN arts & culture on April 9

Thu, Apr 9, 7:15 (Opening Night); also screening Sat, Apr 11, 5:00

Boasting 2014’s biggest opening weekend figures for a Spanish film, this action-filled thriller by Daniel Monzon (CELL 211) was nominated for 16 Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. It tells the story of two teenagers on the one side, El Niño (Jesús Castro) and El Compi (Jesús Carroza), who want to enter the world of drug trafficking, and two police officers on the other, Jesús (Luis Tosar, EVEN THE RAIN, CELL 211) and Eva (Bárbara Lennie, THE SKIN I LIVE IN), who have been trying to eradicate the drug trafficking network in the Gibraltar Straits for years. Also starring Eduard Fernández, Sergi Lopez and Ian McShane as El Ingles. DIR/SCR Daniel Monzón; SCR Jorge Guerricaechevarría; PROD Álvaro Augustín, Ghislain Barrois, Borja Pena, Edmon Roch, Javier Ugarte. Spain, 2014, color, 136 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

 

BEAUTIFUL YOUTH [Hermosa juventud]
Fri, Apr 10, 8:00

Twentysomethings Natalia (Ingrid García Jonsson) and Carlos (Carlos Rodríguez) are deeply in love, flat broke and have a baby on the way. With job prospects scarce to non-existent, the young couple are part of a lost generation whose limited means lead to diminished hopes, further distracted from their thwarted ambitions by ever-present and all-consuming technology (like a 21st-century version of an epistolary novel, many sequences are made up of the couple’s exchanged e-mails, texts, Skype chats and Instagram photos). After the birth of their baby, the couple must make a series of tough decisions. They perform in an amateur pornographic film to earn some much-needed cash. Unable to find a job at home, Natalia moves to Germany. The stark finale suggests that disconnection and long-distance relationships are rapidly becoming the norm. Official Selection, 2014 Cannes Film Festival. DIR/SCR/PROD Jaime Rosales; SCR Enric Rufas; PROD Jérôme Dopffer, José María Morales. Spain, 2014, color, 102 min. In Spanish and German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

 

ARCTIC [ärtico]
Fri, Apr 10, 10:00

This is the story of Jota and Simón, two young hustlers who hit the streets every day to find ways to make ends meet. But beyond their everyday adventures, something is amiss inside both of them. Each desires something neither has. Simón wants freedom. He is tired of living among his own family, including a wife and son. Jota is fed up with being alone and desperately wants a family. In the meantime, every time they meet, they feel like Robin Hoods and think they have nothing to lose. Crystal Bear–Special Mention, Generation 14plus, 2014 Berlin Film Festival; Official Selection, 2014 Chicago and San Sebastian Film Festivals. DIR/SCR/PROD Gabriel Velázquez; SCR Manuel García, Blanca Torres, Carlos Unamuno. Spain, 2014, color, 78 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Preceded by:

INSIDE THE BOX
When the local District Attorney comes knocking, a Texan cop is forced to face a secret that he’s been hiding from his wife in an effort to keep his family together. Featuring Regina King and Summer Glau. DIR/SCR David Martín Porras; SCR/PROD Julia Fontana; PROD Pau Brunet, Elisa Lleras. Spain/US, 2013, color, 15 min. In English. NOT RATED

ALL THE WOMEN [Todas las mujeres]
Sat, Apr 11, 7:45

Nacho (Eduard Fernandez, THE SKIN I LIVE IN, BIUTIFUL) is a down-and-out veterinarian who seeks advice from all of the most important women in his life — his lover, his ex-wife, his mother, his sister-in-law and his psychologist — after his scheme to steal five horses from his father-in-law falls apart. Also starring Michelle Jenner and Nathalie Poza. “A sharp-eyed, Mamet-inspired deconstruction of the fragile psyches of Spanish and other males, anchored in Eduard Fernandez’s memorable central performance.” –The Hollywood Reporter. Best Screenplay, 2014 Goya Awards. DIR/SCR Mariano Barroso; SCR Alejandro Hernández; PROD Domingo Corral. Spain, 2013, color, 90 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

MAGICAL GIRL

Sat. Apr 11, 9:45

Luis (Luis Bermejo) is desperate to fulfill his terminally ill daughter’s last wish: to own the prohibitively expensive “Magical Girl Yukiko” dress from her favorite Japanese cartoon. Fate leads him to cross paths with Bárbara (Bárbara Lennie, THE SKIN I LIVE IN), an attractive young woman with mental disorders, and with Damián (José Sacristán), a teacher retired from everything but his troubled past. Luis, Bárbara and Damian become trapped in a world of blackmail, where instincts and reason struggle in a tragic battle, changing their lives forever. Official Selection, 2014 Toronto International Film Festival; Winner, Best Film and Best Director, 2014 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

DIR/SCR Carlos Vemut; PROD Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández. Spain, 2014, color, 127 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

 

IN A FOREIGN LAND [En tierra extraña]
Sun, Apr 12, 7:30
Gloria is one of the 700,000 Spaniards who have left Spain since the economic crisis started. This documentary, by Spain’s highest-profile female director, Icíar Bollaín (EVEN THE RAIN, TAKE MY EYES), portrays the experience of intra-European exile. Gloria is a native of Almería, 32, a teacher without a posting who has been working a shop assistant in an Edinburgh store for the past two years. She launches a collective and organizes an event with the motto “Neither lost nor silenced” to express the frustration of the more than 20,000 Spaniards living in Scotland’s capital, providing visibility and a voice to the group. Official Selection, 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival.

 

DIR/SCR/PROD Icíar Bollaín; PROD Lina Badenes, Cristina Zumárraga. Spain, 2014, color, 73 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

 

Preceded by:

A WHOLE FUTURE TOGETHER [Todo un futuro juntos]
2015 Goya nomination, Best Short Film
Two bankers who have sold a substantial amount of preferred shares have a conversation at a bar. One of them, the general manager, is suffering a protest: a group of victims guards his house and his family. Now, after several sleepless nights, he has finally had an epiphany. DIR/SCR Pablo Remón; PROD Omar Al Abdul Razzak, Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo. Spain, 2014, color, 16 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

And:

I CAN’T RIGHT NOW [Ahora no puedo]
Sara is a young actress who, after becoming a mother, decides to go back to her professional life. She becomes finalist in an audition in which the stakes couldn’t be higher… DIR Roser Aguilar; SCR Elena Serra Corberó. Spain, 2012, color, 12 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

OPEN WINDOWS
Sun, Apr 12, 9:30
Oscar®-nominated writer/director Nacho Vigalondo (THE ABCS OF DEATH, EXTRATERRESTRIAL, V/H/S: VIRAL) creates an action-packed world of voyeurism and suspense in this crime thriller. Nick (Elijah Wood, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, GRAND PIANO, MANIAC) is excited to discover that he’s won a dinner date with his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey, WOULD YOU RATHER, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE). But when Jill refuses to honor the contest, her manager (Neil Maskell, WILD BILL, PUSHER) makes an offer Nick can’t refuse: the ability to view Jill secretly via cell phone and computer. Nick begins watching the unknowing star on her webcam, not realizing that this decision will put both himself and Jill at risk as they enter a terrifying world of cat-and-mouse where nothing — and no one — is as it seems. Official Selection, 2014 SXSW and Miami Film Festivals. DIR/SCR Nacho Vigalondo; PROD Belén Atienza, Mercedes Gamero, Enrique López Lavigne. Spain/France/US, 2014, color, 100 min. In English and Spanish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Preceded by:

SEQUENCE
A man wakes up one day to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before. DIR/SCR Carles Torrens; PROD Brett Forbes, James Graves, Patrick Rizzotti. US, 2013, color, 20 min. In English. NOT RATED

Further information at:

www.pragda.com         www.spainculture.us         AFI.com/Silver           marvinwayne.com       www.cinelandiausa.com

About Marvin&Wayne
With more than 180 works in the catalog chosen in over 5,500 festivals and gathering more than 1,000 awards, Marvin&Wayne is a major short film distributor of films made in Spain. As Marvin&Wayne turns five, they want to celebrate by selecting the finest short films for Festival of New Spanish Cinema audiences.

 

About Cinelandia
Cinelandia seeks to promote U.S. Latino movies and Latin American films by offering screening information to the public and a place for filmmakers to connect their projects with audiences eager to watch Latino films.

 

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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