Tag Archives: Spain

Laissez-passer / Safe Conduct (2002) Bertrand Tavernier, Jacques Gamblin, Denis Podalydès, Charlotte Kady, Biography, Drama, History

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In occupied France, German-run Continental Films calls the shots in the movie business. Assistant director and Resistance activist Jean Devaivre works for Continental, where he can get “in between the wolf’s teeth and avoid being chewed up”. Fast-living screenwriter Jean Aurenche uses every possible argument to avoid working for the enemy. For both, wartime is a battle for survival.
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Espacio interior / Richness of Internal Space (2012) Kai Parlange Tessmann, Gerardo Taracena, Kuno Becker, Juan Pablo Medina, Drama

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Lazarus is kidnapped in a two by three meter room completely isolated from the outside world. Forced to reveal intimate information of his family he falls into despair and abandons himself to death. Then, a seemingly meaningless event makes him realize that his heart and his mind are not kidnapped and will never be. Lazarus forces himself into a disciplinary routine that helps him endure his unbearable situation, letting his imagination, memories, introspection and faith push him through each day overcoming the constant threat of torture and death. Based on true events, Richness of Internal Space is a testimony of a man’s will to live and his unbreakable spirit.
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Peppermint Frappé (1967) Carlos Saura, Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo, Drama

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Julian, a middle-aged single doctor, meets his childhood friend Pablo again. The latter is back from Africa and has just married a beautiful young blonde, Elena. Julian falls in love with her and tries to seduce her, but she mockingly pushes him away from her. He then finds that Ana, his nurse, bears a troubling resemblance to Elena. He decides to gradually transform Ana into Elena…
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Tots els camins de Déu / All the Ways of God (2014) Gemma Ferraté, Marc Garcia Coté, Oriol Pla, Jan Cornet, Drama

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A contemporary evocation of Judas Iscariot trying to escape from his own guilt after betraying his best friend. He wanders into a forest and lost in himself, meets a mysterious young man. The young companion will accompany him on this path of repentance and penance and help him deal with his feelings, understand his guilt and cope with he has done. This is the story of the last three days of a repentant.
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Vampyres (2015) Víctor Matellano, Caroline Munro, Verónica Polo, Christian Stamm, Horror

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Faithful to the sexy, twisted 1974 cult classic by Joseph Larraz, Vampyres is an English-language remake pulsating with raw eroticism, wicked sado-masochism and bloody, creative gore. Victor Matellano (Wax (2014, Zarpazos! A Journey through Spanish Horror, 2013) directs this tale set in a stately English manor inhabited by two older female vampires and with their only cohabitant being a man imprisoned in the basement. Their lives and lifestyle are upended when a trio of campers come upon their lair and seek to uncover their dark secrets, a decision that has sexual and blood-curdling consequences.
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Joel-Peter Witkin: An Objective Eye (2013) Thomas A. Marino, Joel-Peter Witkin, Eugenia Parry, Baudoin Lebon, Documentary, Biography, History

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A new documentary from director Thomas Marino, taking a profound and introspective look into the life and art of the controversial artist, Joel-Peter Witkin. Along with in-depth interviews with Joel-Peter Witkin, the film features interviews from prominent artists, musicians, photographers, and scholars who share insight into the impact of Witkin’s work and influence on modern culture.
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El rey de La Habana / The King of Havana (2015) Agustí Villaronga, Maikol David, Yordanka Ariosa, Héctor Medina, Drama

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Recently escaped from reformatory, young Reinaldo struggles to get by in the streets of Havana in the late 90s, one of the worst decades for Cuban society. Hopes, disillusionment, rum, good humor and above all hunger, accompany him in his wanderings, until he meets Magda and Yunisleidy, survivors like himself. In one or the other’s arms, he will try to escape the material and moral misery surrounding him, living love, passion, tenderness and uninhibited sex to the limit.
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Mentiras y gordas / Sex, Party and Lies (2009) Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes, Mario Casas, Ana de Armas, Yon González, Comedy, Drama

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A youth group is preparing for what the summer of their lives will be, including secrets, lies, pickups, sex, confusion, and especially great night party. Most teenagers are not aware that once you begin this journey of initiation, you can not turn back, and often the lies will become increasingly large, and sometimes love means to hurt.
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Machuca (2004) Andrés Wood, Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Biography, Drama, History

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Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious “collegio” (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante’s liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro’s slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet’s coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe.
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Valdez Is Coming (1971) Edwin Sherin, Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera, Western

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The town constable, Bob Valdez, is forced to kill someone accused by Frank Tanner of being a murderer. Valdez asks Tanner for monetary help for the man’s wife, but he is ridiculed and almost killed by Tanner’s henchmen. Valdez recovers and summons up his days in the U.S. Cavalry in order to fight them. Valdez wounds one of the henchmen and sends him back to Tanner with the message, “Valdez is coming.”
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