The Spanish Film Festival is back in town (in NYC) at the Lincoln Center starting this weekend. The series includes an array of films that can haunt, charm, and provoke. Also, there's the underlying theme of the Spanish Civil War--highlighted at this year's festival to honor its 70th anniversary. Have a look at the schedule, as well as some trailers that we've selected, which stand out from the bunch.
|Aita aka Father|
José María Orbe, 2010, Spain; 85m
Set in the 13th-century country mansion where the director grew up, this ghost story about people and places haunted by history immerses us in a caretaker’s experience. Read more...
|Buy TicketsTUE DEC 21: 9:20|
WED DEC 22: 4:30
|Anything You Want / Todo lo que tú quieras Achero Mañas, 2010, Spain, 101m|
Juan Diego Botto and 4-year-old Lucía Fernández give stunning performances in this tale of a suddenly single father who must become everything to his confused, hurt daughter. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 10: 4:40|
SAT DEC 18: 6:45
|Aro Tolbukhin: The Mind of the Killer / Aro Tolbukhin: En la mente del asesino Agustí Villaronga, Lydia Zimmerman, & Isaac P. Racine, 2006, Spain/France; 95m|
The extraordinary story of a Hungarian seaman’s possibly invented murder spree in Guatemala is told through documentary footage and dramatic sequences in this journey into dark imaginings. Read more...
|Buy TicketsTUE DEC 21: 5:15|
THU DEC 23: 7:10
|Black Bread / Pa negre Agustí Villaronga, 2010, Spain; 108m|
In person: Director Agustí Villaronga for the 6:15pm screening on Saturday, December 11.
Villaronga’s brilliant adaptation of Emil Teixidor’s novel plunges us into the life of a young boy negotiating a world of mythical monsters and fatally real Fascists. Read more...
PLEASE NOTE: We will be screening Even the Rain instead of Black Bread on Friday, December 10 at 6:45pm. This schedule change was made after our November/December calendar went to print.
|Buy TicketsSAT DEC 11: 6:15 |
FRI DEC 17: 2
|Caracremada Lluis Galter, 2010, Spain; 98m|
Anti-fascist anarchist Ramón Vila Capdevila still exerts a hold on a conflicted woman years later, in a fascinating, unsettling work about shifting ideas of political engagement. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 17: 6:20|
TUE DEC 21: 3:15
|Chico y Rita Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba, 2010, Spain; 94m|
In person: Directors Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba for the 8:45pm screening on Saturday, December 11. Screening introduced by jazz critic Gary Giddins. Plus special surprise guests!
Academy Award–winner Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque) teams up with famous designer/ graphic artist Javier Mariscal to create this brilliant animated feature, a toe-tapping celebration of Cuban music.Read more...
|Buy TicketsSAT DEC 11: 8:45|
TUE DEC 14: 1
|The Consul of Sodom / El cónsul de Sodoma Sigfrid Monleón, 2010, Spain; 113m|
The absorbing portrait of an extraordinary double life: Jaime Gil de Biedma, respected executive by day, an audacious homosexual poet of Barcelona’s La Gauche Divine scene by night. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 17: 8:30|
SUN DEC 19: 6
|80 Days / 80 Egunean Jon Garaño & José Mari Goenaga, 2010, Spain; 104m|
In this warm, unexpectedly upbeat tale, Axun (excellent Itziar Aizpuru) finds surprising new friendship after her son-in-law’s near-fatal car accident. Part of Basque filmmaking’s re-emergence. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 17: 4:15|
TUE DEC 21: 7:15
|Elisa K. Jordi Cadena & Judith Colell, 2010, Spain; 72m|
Cadena and Colell’s perceptive, sensitive portrait of 10-year-old Elisa’s coming to grips with a trauma avoids easy answers, focusing on the toll that radiates out to family, friends, and others. Read more...
|Buy TicketsMON DEC 20: 2|
THU DEC 23: 5:30
|Even the Rain / También la lluvia Icíar Bollaín, 2010, Spain, 104m|
In person: Director Icíar Bollaín and screenwriter Paul Laverty for the 6:45pm screening on Friday, December 10.
Gael García Bernal and Luis Tosar star as the director and producer of a film about Christopher Columbus that recruits still-beleaguered Bolivian locals, in this perceptive look at Latin America. Read more...
PLEASE NOTE: We will be screening Black Bread instead of Even the Rain on Saturday, December 11 at 6:15pm. This schedule change was made after our November/December calendar went to print.
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 10: 6:45|
WED DEC 15: 1
|El Gran Vázquez Óscar Aibar, 2010, Spain, 106m|
In ’60s Barcelona, comic-book artist Manuel Vázquez (terrific Santiago Segura) leads a paid-for high-roller lifestyle—till one day an accountant shows up... Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 12: 4:30|
THU DEC 16: 4
|Guest José Luis Guerín, Spain, 2010; 130m|
While touring film festivals, the acclaimed director of In the City of Sylvia insightfully upends the conventional travelogue by seeking out the unseen, unheard residents of cities worldwide. Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 19: 8:20|
|In a Glass Cage / Tras al cristal Agustí Villaronga, 1986, Spain; 110m|
In person: Director Agustí Villaronga for the 2pm screening on Sunday, December 12.
In Villaronga’s unnerving debut thriller, a paralyzed former Nazi doctor Klaus (Günter Meisner) hides away in Spain with his family, until one day a young man arrives for a job. Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 12: 2|
THU DEC 16: 8:40
|Julia’s Eyes / Los ojos de Julia Guillem Morales, 2010, Spain; 112m|
In person: Actor Lluís Homar for the 9:20pm screening on Friday, December 10.
From the team behind The Orphanage comes this unnerving tale of a woman investigating her twin sister’s death, while her failing eyesight conjures a world of shadows. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 10: 9:20|
TUE DEC 14: 3
|Kidnapped / Secuestrados Miguel Ángel Vivas, 2010, Spain; 85m|
A taut, high-octane, grittily realistic thriller about a family in a gated community who are ambushed by three masked men. Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 12: 9:15|
THU DEC 16: 2
|The Last Circus / Balada triste de trompeta Alex de la Iglesia, 2010, Spain/France; 107m |
Set in a circus in 1937 Spain, Alex de la Iglesia’s audacious new film perceptively dismantles myths of the Civil War with his customary outrageous humor and startling visual wit. Read more...
PLEASE NOTE: This film was listed as A Sad Trumpet Ballad in the November/December print calendar.
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 12: 6:40|
WED DEC 15: 3:10
|Lope Andrucha Washington, 2010, Spain/France; 109m|
In this beautifully detailed re-creation of 16th-century Spain, returning soldier Lope de Vega (Spain’s greatest playwright) finds himself ghostwriting love poems for a wealthy merchant.Read more...
|Buy TicketsSAT DEC 18: 9|
MON DEC 20: 3:30
|El Mar Agustí Villaronga, 2000, Spain; 107m|
Three friends who stumbled across a firing squad during the Civil War are unexpectedly re-united years later, in this film of deep shadows and unsettling, violent currents. Read more...
|Buy TicketsTUE DEC 21: 1|
THU DEC 23: 3:10
|Moon Child / El niño de la luna Agustí Villaronga, 1989, Spain; 118m|
This deft combination of kabbalah mysticism and apocalyptic sci-fi is about an orphan in a research lab for gifted children who tries to escape to Africa to fulfill his destiny. Read more...
|Buy TicketsTHU DEC 16: 6:15|
SAT DEC 18: 2
|On the Empty Balcony / En el balcón vacío Jomi García Ascot, 1961, Mexico; 70m|
This masterwork about a woman’s wartime memories has been called the “the most beautiful of all anti-Franco films” and the first Mexican experimental film. With noted literati in the cast. Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 19: 4:15|
|Paper Birds / Pájaros de Papel Emilio Aragón, 2010, Spain; 122m|
In person: Director Emilio Aragón and actor Lluís Homar for the 2pm screening on Friday, December 10.
A ragtag vaudeville troupe is summoned to perform for Generalissimo Franco himself, in this detailed ensemble piece (and box-office hit) directed by a mainstay of Spanish television. Read more...
|Buy TicketsFRI DEC 10: 2|
SAT DEC 18: 4:20
|Shortmetraje (Shorts Program) Various directors; approx. 96m|
This selection of award-winning short films, specially curated by the cultural initiative Pragda, features animated gems, poignant documentaries, brilliant comedies, down-to-earth fictions, genre films, and coming-of-age tales. Read more...
|Buy TicketsSUN DEC 19: 2|
THU DEC 23: 1
|Stars to Wish Upon / Izarren Argia / Estrellas que alcanzar Mikel Rueda, 2010, Spain; 93m|
Widow of a Spanish Republican, Victoria is incarcerated along with her son and her sister in Saturrarán, Franco’s notorious women’s prison, in Rueda’s unflinching drama. Read more...
|Buy TicketsWED DEC 22: 2:30|
THU DEC 23: 9:10
Todo lo Que Tu Quieras: Everything You Want
Chico Y Rita: Chico and Rita
El Nino de la Luna: The Boy from the Moon