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The Corpse of Anna Fritz / El cadáver de Anna Fritz (2015) Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Albert Carbó, Drama, Thriller

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Anna Fritz, a famous young actress, a fan of sailing and fast cars, is found dead at a private party. Fans and followers from around Spain, are trying desperately to find out the name of the hospital where she was taken for the autopsy, but all efforts were in vain. However, it will be a hospital orderly working the night shift at the mortuary, that will leak photos of the deceased woman with his smartphone to his friends, inviting them over for a quick look. What will happen next, is anyone’s guess…

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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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El verdugo / The Executioner (1963) Luis García Berlanga, Nino Manfredi, Emma Penella, José Isbert, Drama, Comedy

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The history starts with the main character (an old executioner in the Spain of early 60’s) approaching retirement age. As his profession is not exactly what you could call “popular”, he (a very gentle and nice man, caring, and proud of traditions) begins to worry about who might take his place when he retires. He has a daughter, but, unfortunately, she seems doomed to perpetual “spinsterhood”: as soon as any prospective groom learns about her dad and her dad’s “trade”, he runs away from her, scared. A sad life… However, a new character enters: the local undertaker, a handsome and young man who has exactly the same problem… No girl wants him given his profession. So, you have the woman whom almost nobody would marry and the man whom almost nobody would marry. Obviously, they are meant for each other. But here the old executioner has something to say: He does not object to her daughter marrying the young undertaker; he seems a decent man, and all that…

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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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