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Carol's Journey
Imanol Uribe
Carol, a Spanish-American twelve year old girl brought up in New York, travels with her mother to Spain for the first time in the turbulent spring of 1938, to meet her mother's family. Separated from her father, a pilot in the International Brigades involved in the Spanish Civil War, whom she adores, her arrival in her mother's native village transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocent and rebellious nature drives her to oppose a conventional world new to her. Her friendship with Maruja, the village's teacher, together with the lessons in life learnt from her grandfather and her love for local boy Tomiche will take her on an unforgettable and bittersweet journey into the world of adulthood. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 100 mins.
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Spanish Films


800 Bullets (800 Balas)
Alex de la Iglesia
Alex de la Iglesia (La Communidad) pays homage to the violent and hyperstylized spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone in this cult hit from Spain. Luis Castro stars as a wayward youth who journeys to a Western theme town where he meets his alcholic grandather, a one-time stunt double for Leone regular Clint Eastwood. The opposing forces of fantasy and reality struggle for dominance when an enterprising scheme to dismantle the town causes its residents to trade their Hollywood blanks for bullets. "A charming comedy [that] celebrates the resilient power of dreams, memories, and the movies" (Village Voice). With Carmen Maura and Sancho Gracia. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 92 mins.
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Adios Con El Corazon
Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez
Juan, a roguish loner who makes his living gambling and blackmailing ex-lovers, meets Caty, a young woman who claims to be his illegitimate child from Havana seeking to gain residence in Spain. He is then caught up in a love triangle and plot by one of the husbands of his lovers who desires to marry Caty and get Juan to go to jail in his place. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 89 mins.
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Against the Wind
Paco Perinan
Antonio Banderas and Emma Suarez star in this story of obsessive and destructive romantic love. They are brother and sister. Juan (Banderas) takes refuge in an isolated area of Andalusia. His exile from home proves useless however, when his sister decides she must see her true love, her brother. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1990, 89 mins.
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Alas Rotas (Broken Wings)
Carlos Gil
Fabio Fulco stars as Carlos Ayala, an Air Army commander and renowned member of the air acrobatic team Eagle Patrol. When Ayala discovers that a brain tumor could end his flying career, he feels destroyed, and his struggle to accept his situation becomes the crux of this moving film. In Spanish NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 2002 95 mins.
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Amic/Amat (Beloved/Friend)
Ventura Pons
Ventura Pons (Caresses) brings Josep M. Benet I Jornet's intimate, psychological drama, Testament, to the screen. A dying college professor is drawn to an emotionally remote male student and street hustler who has also impregnated the daughter of his best friend. "...about as intense a 90-minute experience as you can have at the movies" (Liz Braun, Toronto Sun). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1999 90 mins.
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Amor de Hombre (Love of Man)
Juan Luis Iborra/Yolanda Garcia Serrano
A tender, comedic tale about an intense friendship between a woman and her gay best friend. Esperanza, an unlucky in love, single schoolteacher, enlists her best friend, Ramon, to help her find a man. When Ramon finds love before Esperanza, their relationship is tested as jealousy rears its ugly head. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1997, 88 mins.
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Antartida
Manuel Huerga
Rock musician and heroin addict Maria (Ariadna Gil) is headed for disaster, but an intense romance with Rafa (Carlos Fuentes) might be enough to help her get clean. However, before she can turn her life around, Maria and Rafa will have to pull a dangerous final deal. With Jose Manuel Lorenzo (The Devil's Backbone). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1995, 100 mins.
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Asfalto
Daniel Calparsoro
Petty thief Lucia (Najwa Nimri) adopts a thuggish boyfriend (Gustavo Salmeron) and a criminal partner (Juan Diego Botto) in one fell swoop, setting herself up for a sticky triangle of personal and professional alliances. Sex and Lucia star Nimri shines in the lead role, and director Daniel Calparsoro propels his crime thriller along against the stunning backdrop of Madrid. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 90 mins.
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Belle Epoque
Fernando Trueba
This film won an Oscar as the Best Foreign Language Film in 1994. In this charming romantic comedy, a handsome young soldier flees the Spanish Revolution only to inspire his own sexual revolution. Finding succor in the house of an artist who has four daughters, he proceeds to seduce them all, or is it the other way around? The DVD is letterboxed and includes English and Spanish subtitles and language tracks. Spain, 1992, 109 mins.
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Beyond Desire
Gerardo Vera
Almodovar regular Leonor Watling stars as Elvira, a young woman still reeling from the execution of her father and the imprisonment of her dissident husband. Faced with poverty and alienation, Elvira takes a job as maid for an Argentine businessman (Leonardo Sbaraglia). Before long she has fallen in love with him, though her allegiance will be tested by secrets from the man's past. In Spanish with English subtitles. The DVD is letterboxed and includes deleted scenes, director and cast interviews, and 5.1 sound. Spain 2005 106 mins.
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Box 507
Enrique Urbizu
Modesto, a bank manager, learns invaluable secrets about the supposed accidental death of his daughter when his bank is robbed. A safe-deposit box targeted by the robbers contains documents that lead Modesto into a corrupt underworld on a quest for her killers, who are searching for the missing papers that Modesto possesses. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 112 mins.
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Un Buen Novio
Jose R. Delgado
Sexy Spanish actress Natalia Verbeke headlines this sensual story of suspense that is marked by obsession and hate. A police officer in Madrid is obsessed with solving a complicated murder. Three crooks engineer a bank robbery, but, after the crime, the perpetrators fall victim to passion and deceit. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 91 mins.
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Bulgarian Lovers
Eloy de la Iglesia
A 40-something gay attorney gets in over his head when he falls for a shady young man from Bulgaria after a night of hedonistic pleasure in Madrid's gay quarter. The Bulgarian takes advantage of his new lover's blind devotion by convincing him to perform various tasks, from the morally questionable to the highly illegal and dangerous. Stars Fernando Guillen Cuervo and Dritan Biba. In Spanish, Bulgarian and English with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 101 mins.
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Caresses
Ventura Pons
Urban alienation and sexual exploration collide in the eleven interlocking stories that make up this arresting feature. The troubled relationships and chance encounters of the characters build to startling acts of violence, frustrated oedipal desires, and all manner of sexual activity in a chain of self-destructive events. A dark, yet often surprisingly funny, view of isolation and starvation for affection. "...skillfully portrays whole lives with minimalist touches...erotic and eloquent" (Sight and Sound). In Catalan with English subtitles. Spain, 1997, 96 mins.
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Carol's Journey
Imanol Uribe
After travelling to her mother's home village in Spain in 1938, Carol changes the family in unexpected ways and grows into adulthood through friendships with a local teacher and a young local boy. Includes the short film A Fall From the Clouds (Craig P. Herron, USA, 2003, 7 mins.). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 100 mins.
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Cha Cha Cha
Antonio del Real
Eduardo Noriega (Devil's Backbone, Open Your Eyes), Jorge Sanz (Belle Epoque, The Girls of Your Dreams), and Maria Adanez (Between Your Legs) star in this appealing and beautifully photographed romantic comedy from Spain. Lucia and Maria are two attractive 20-somethings who have been best friends since they were little girls. Lucia has always been secretly in love with Pablo, Maria's boyfriend. One night, Lucia shares a passionate night with Pablo, but he stays with Maria. Lucia devises a plan to make her best friend's man her own. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 105 mins.
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Common Ground
Adolfo Aristarain
Based on Lorenzo F. Aristarian's novel, Rebirth, this drama follows an aging university professor as he is forced into early retirement and the abrupt lifestyle changes that result. Stars Federico Luppi, Mercedes Sampietro, Arturo Puig, Carlos Santamaria, and Yael Barnatan. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Argentina, 2002, 112 mins.
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Common Wealth (La Comunidad)
Alex de la Iglesia
Carmen Maura snagged a Goya Award for her bravura performance as a real estate agent who uncovers 300 million pesetas stashed under her apartment's floorboards. The trouble is that the other tenants in the building also know about the loot, and aren't ready to let Julia make off with it. Alex de la Iglesia blends the giddy melodrama of Pedro Almodovar with Hitchcockian elements of suspense, and the jazzy visual style and dizzying score keep pace. The film also won Goya Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Emilio Gutierrez Caba) and Best Special Effects. The DVD is letterboxed and includes making-of featurette, deleted scenes, photo gallery, short film (Killer Mirindas), Castilian and Spanish language tracks, and English subtitles. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2000 106 mins.
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Corazon de Bombon
Alvaro Senz de Heredia
Luis is a struggling writer who finds himself in a bind when he's caught in the sack with his publisher's wife. Needing to escape quickly, he disguises himself as a woman to evade the husband. On his way home and still dressed in drag, Luis stops a suicidal young woman from jumping off a bridge. As the two spend more and more time together, Luis begins to fall in love with her, but he cannot reveal his real identity. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 90 mins.
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Crimen Imperfecto
Fernando Fernan Gomez
Esther Canadas (The Thomas Crown Affair) stars in a Spanish caper comedy bursting with bright colors and 70's pizzazz. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1970 88 mins.
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Cuando Vuelvas a mi Lado (By My Side Again)
Gracia Querejeta
Upon their mother's death, three estranged sisters come together to honor her final wish: that her ashes be divided up and given to three different people. The task sets the sisters off on a journey of remembrance, self-reflection and reconciliation. Told in two unique, interweaving narratives that follow the mother's eccentric life and her three daughter's funereal quest. Nominated for 8 Goya Awards. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/France/Italy, 1999, 97 mins.
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DarkBlueAlmostBlack
Daniel Sanchez Arevalo
Also known as Dark Blue Almost Black and Azul Oscuro Casi Negro, this captivating Spanish drama from writer-director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo follows Jorge (Quim Gutierrez) as he assumes his ailing father's janitorial duties. His life is further complicated by his studies, his dreams of upper-middle class employment, his multiple female relationships (Marta Etura and Eva Pallares), and his best friend Israel's (Raul Arevalo) troubled sexual identity. Winner of Goya Awards for Best New Director, New Actor, and Supporting Actor. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2006, 105 mins.
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Death of a Cyclist
Juan Antonio Bardem
Strongly influenced by Italian neorealism, Juan Antonio Bardem directed this black-and-white social satire that went on to win the International Critics Prize at Cannes. The narrative concerns an upper-class math professor (Alberto Closas) having an affair with a society woman (Lucia Bose). On a late-night drive through the richest and poorest areas around Madrid (a jab at Franco-era class inequality), the lovebirds accidentally run over a cyclist and leave him for dead, fearing their adultery will be exposed. Decadence, guilt, and tragedy mingle in Muerte de un Ciclista, "one of the key titles in the history of Spanish moviemaking" (Seattle International Film Festival). In Spanish with optional English subtitles. Criterion Collection edition. Newly restored high-definition digital transfer. Includes Calle Bardem (2005), a documentary on the life and career of Juan Antonio Bardem; theatrical trailer; and a booklet with a new essay by scholar Marsha Kinder and a 1955 essay by Bardem on Spanish cinema. Spain, 1955, 87 mins.
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Del Rosa al Amarillo (From Rose to Yellow)
Manuel Summers
This charming dual love story shows that love can be just as strong among the young as the old. Lovestruck 12-year-old Guillermo and 13-year-old Margarita can only write love letters to each other when Guillermo goes away to a mountain camp for the summer. When Guillermo returns to the city, he discovers that 18-year-old German is after Margarita's heart. The last days of 85-year-old Valentin and 63-year-old Josefa are passed in a home for the aged. The men live in separate quarters from the women, so Valentin and Josefa can only pass messages and some brief love glances to each other at the chapel. It seems there is only one way for them to be together: elopement. With Cristina Galbo, Pedro Diez del Corral, Lina Onesti, Jose Vicente Cerrudo, Manuel Summers. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1963, 88 mins.
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Demons in the Garden
Manuel Gutierrez Aragon
Demons in the Garden presents the ironic chronicle of the emotional education in provincial Spain during the post-war Franco years. The film follows the intricate relationships among two feuding brothers and a sister, an overbearing mother and an adopted daughter (stunningly played by Angela Molina) who has given birth to an illegitimate child, fathered by one of the sons. "Probably the best film of Aragon's career...a film of great beauty and sensitivity," (Variety). In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1983, 105 mins.
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Diario De Una Pasante
Josecho San Mateo
A summer internship at a hip radio station equals new experiences and challenges for a group of young college graduates. While the laughs, love and rivalries compound, a spunky intern named Ana takes charge of the situation to get ahead. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 100 mins.
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Dias de Boda (Wedding Days)
Juan Pinzas
The second Dogme foray from Spanish director Juan Pinza is a dramedy filmed entirely in Galicia that follows the unusual wedding between the young daughter of a publisher and a man who, unbeknownst to his bride, is gay and seeking her father's literary prize. The wedding ceremony and reception draws a wide variety of unusual guest and bizarre situations that test the young brides sanity. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 102 mins.
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Dias De Futbol
David Serrano
Following his release from prison, Antonio (Ernesto Alterio) tries to integrate back into everyday life by hooking up with his friends and forming a soccer team. Together with a local cop (Luis Bermejo), an aspiring actor (Pere Ponce), a bus driver (Roberto Alamo), and other players, Antonio regains control of his life with some help from the world's most popular sport. "A quickfire, unpretentious Spanish comedy [...] that makes you laugh and care" (BBC). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 118 mins.
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Don Juan, My Love
Antonio Mercero
It is the eve of All Saints Day and the ghost of Don Juan, the world's most legendary lover, is rising from his grave in a cemetery in Seville, Spain. His soul has been trapped in Purgatory for 450 years, and he is returning to earth to perform a good deed which will free him from his phantom existence. "A breathless bedroom farce!" (New York Daily News). With Maria Barranco, Rossy De Palma, and Loles Leon, best known for their roles in Almodovar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 1991 96 mins.
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Don’t Tempt Me
Agustin Diaz Yanes
Heaven and Hell come to earth in the form of Spain's two hottest actresses in this seductive comedy. An angel (Victoria Abril, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) and a demon (Penelope Cruz, Vanilla Sky) assume female forms in order to secure the soul of a short-tempered boxer (Demian Bichir) for their respective bosses. Also stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 112 mins.
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Dying of Laughter
Alex de la Iglesia
The bitter malevolence that lies beneath the relationship between two comedy partners reaches a boiling point in this sly, dark comedy. As Nino (Santiago Segura) and Bruno (El Gran Wyoming) see their stars rise in the 1970's showbiz world, their hatred for each other grows stronger and stronger until it manifests itself in hilariously sadistic ways. Includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and a neutral Spanish language track. In Castilian with English subtitles. Spain, 1999, 113 mins.
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El Ano de la Garrapata
Jorge Coira
After nine years of college, Fran (Felix Gomez) doesn't feel any desire to devote himself to a career. Ignoring the pleas of his parents and his ambitious girlfriend, Fran adopts the lifestyle of his best friend Morgan (Javier Veiga). Together they make like ticks, becoming parasites on the world at large. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2004 89 mins.
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El Ano de las Luces (The Year of Awakening)
Fernando Trueba
This beautifully sensitive rites of passage film was co-authored by Rafael Azcona and director Fernando Trueba, who later worked together on the Oscar-winning Belle Epoque. In 1940, 16-year-old Manolo and 8-year-old Jesus, two sons of a fallen soldier, are taken by their older brother Pepe, a lieutenant in the Army, to a sanatorium for children suffering from tuberculosis, situated on the border with Portugal. There Manolo is initiated into the adult world and has his first experiences with sex and love. With Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdu, Manuel Alexandre, Rafaela Aparicio, Lucas Martin. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 1986 115 mins.
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El Arte de Morir (The Art of Dying)
Alvaro Fernandez Armero
A group of friends are haunted by a revenge-seeking ghost in this Spanish thriller. While on a camping trip with friends, the death-obsessed artist, Nacho, is killed. Rather than face the police, his friends bury him and report him missing. Four years later, when Nacho's ID is found and the police begin to look into the disappearance, the group ventures to the old campsite to retrieve the body, only to find Nacho's ghost waiting for blood. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 102 mins.
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El Beso Del Sueno (Dream's Kiss)
Rafael Moreno Alba
Maribel Verdu (Y Tu Mama Tambien) plays a dangerous femme fatale in this smoldering Spanish thriller. Verdu stars as Margot, a seductress who poses as a prostitute in order to gain access to men who she then drugs and robs. As her wealth grows, Margot attracts the attention of a murderous gang and a police detective (Juan Diego) powerless to her charms. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1992, 119 mins.
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El Dia Que Me Amen
Daniel Barone
Adrian Suar and Leticia Bredice star as a pair of close childhood friends who reunite decades later as adults. Although their lives have taken different paths, both friends now find themselves at personal impasses, though neither is sure what role the other might play in their transformation. Bredice was the winner for Best Actress at the Miami Hispanic Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2003 110 mins.
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El Faro (The Lighthouse)
Eduardo Mignogna
Two sisters face an uncertain future after a fatal car crash robs them of their family. With only each other to turn to, they travel across South America exploring different locations, where love and a passionate overprotective nature threaten to tear the sisters apart. Winner of the Goya Award for Best Spanish Language Film. Stars Ingrid Rubio, Jimena Baron, Norberto Diaz and Ricardo Darin. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Argentina, 1998, 109 mins.
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El Grito En El Cielo
Dunia Ayaso
A TV show host faced with plummeting ratings decides to change the format and brings in no-talent low lifes who wreak havoc on air with crazy performances. The host Miranda feuds with an actress who then has her lover pose as a "karate artiste" on the show, and chaos ensues. Stars Maria Conchita Alonso. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 104 mins.
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El Laberinto Griego (The Greek Labyrinth)
Rafael Alcazar
Two French citizens, Bernadette and Lebrum, arrive in Barcelona and hire a detective to find Bernadette's former lover. Their detective lives with his daughter (Penelope Cruz), who becomes very jealous of Bernadette. As he delves into Bernadette's case, the detective finds himself entangled in a curious murder plot. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1991, 96 mins.
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El Lute
Vicente Aranda
Nominated for multiple Goya awards and a Golden Palm at Cannes, Vicente Aranda's romantic historical drama tells the story of the titular "El Lute", a common thief whose daring prison escapes and anti-fascist stance made him a popular folk hero during Franco's iron-fisted reign. Based on the memoirs of "El Lute" (Eleuterio Sanchez), Aranda's drama captures the inspirational influence of a man dubbed "The Robin Hood of Spain". "A classic outlaw saga as rich and entertaining as Les Miserables" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1987 180 mins.
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El Mar
Agustin Villaronga
Three people who witnessed a horrific execution during the Spanish Civil War must grapple with their memories and their current passions and resentments when they are reunited ten years later in a tuberculosis ward. Augustin Villaronga's film offers a chilling meditation on death, religion, sex, and the psychologies of the individual and the national. Winner of the Berlin Film Festival Manfred Salzgeber Award and a nominee for the Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Award. In Catalan with Spanish and English subtitles. Spain 2000 107 mins.
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El Regalo De Silvia
Dionisio Perez Galindo
After her death by suicide, a young girl reveals in her video diary that she wished to die in order to donate her organs to people who need them. The movie follows those affected by this decision and those who receive her life sustaining gifts. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 91 mins.
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El Seductor
Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez
A 15-year-old boy (Antonio Horelano) learns valuable lessons about life and love when he falls head-over-heels for his 35-year-old, married neighbor (Maria Barranco) in this comedic coming-of-age tale. As his family plans their annual vacation, he comes up with a scheme to stay home and seduce his neighbor. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1995, 96 mins.
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En La Puta Vida
Beatriz Flores Silva
Elisa dreams of opening her own hairdressing salon in one of the rich districts of the Uruguayan capital. A bit of a rebel, Elisa decides to move out of he mother's house with her two children. She breaks up with her boss who has infuriated her by not wanting to get married. Her best friend finds her a job in the local brothel and soon she winds up in a downward spiral into prostitution that leads her to Barcelona, Spain. The film's mix of drama, comedy and social commentary have made it a film festival favorite. Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, 2001, 100 mins.
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Epilogo (Epilogue)
Gonzalo Suarez
A young journalist starts an investigation into the lives of two writers: Rocabruno (Francisco Rabal) and Ditirambo (Jose Sacristan). With this aim she tries to interview Laina (Charo Lopez), a beautiful woman who became entangled in a love, jealousy, and hate triangle involving the two writers. With Sandra Toral, Manuel Zarzo, Cyra Toledo, Jose Arranz, Chus Lampreave, and Sonia Martinez. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1984, 89 mins.
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Esquilache
Josefina Molina/Joaquin Molina
This fine historical drama tells the story of the Marquis of Esquilache, an 18th-century Italianate minister, who attempted to bring reforms to Spain under the enlightened rule of King Carlos III. As Esquilache tries to make sense of the events leading to the violence which endangers his life, his politics, and the future of the whole country, he discovers he is a victim of a conspiracy led by a person who is nearer to him than he had imagined. With Fernando Fernan Gomez, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Angela Molina, Angel de Andres, Concha Velasco, Adolfo Marsillach, Amparo Ribelles, Alberto Closas. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 1988 100 mins.
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Extramuros
Miguel Picazo
Carmen Maura, famed for her riveting portrayals in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Law of Desire, plays a nun who is challenged by her irrepressible lesbian desires. Set in a convent during the Spanish Inquisition, the film is not only a depiction of repressed passion, but a sharply critical look at the relationship between the Church and political power as the convent vies for fame and money through the faked visions and stigmata of the lesbian sisters. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1985, 120 mins.
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Fausto 5.0
Alex Olle/Isidro Ortiz/Carlos Padrissa
The acclaimed Catalan performance group La Fura dels Baus makes its cinematic debut with a nightmarish update of Goethe's Faust. A doctor begins an unusual descent into depravity, decadence and self-destruction after being granted every wish by a former patient who has miraculously survived an incurable illness. Miguel Angel Sola won the Best Actor Goya for his performance as the haunted doctor. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 93 mins.
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Fill Me With Life (Bailame El Agua)
Josecho San Mateo
Set on the streets of Madrid, this gritty urban drama concerns David (Unax Ugalde, Volveras), a street poet and drug dealer who's fed up with bourgeoise conventions and wishes instead to eke out a hand-to-mouth existence. When David meets Maria (Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Juana La Loca), the two quickly fall into a passionate romance, but drugs, prostitution, and violence conspire to derail their dreams. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2000 106 mins.
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The First Night of My Life
Miguel Albaladejo
A social worker and his pregnant wife leave for a New Year's Eve party, just missing the husband's father, who was coming to offer them a ride. The streak of bad luck gets much worse when the father's car is stolen, but a series of coincidences and random events brings everything full circle in this highly entertaining screwball comedy. One of several features commissioned for French television as part of the 2000 Seen by... project, a series of films with a millennial theme. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 84 mins.
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Flores de Otro Mundo
Iciar Bollain
In a remote Spanish village overrun by bachelors, a group of vibrant women arrive by bus to try their hand at romance. Director Iciar Bollain charts the bond that form between three couples--a middle-aged builder and a Cuban golddiger, a harried daughter and her sensitive suitor, and a man and woman who are both inextricably tied to their respective hometowns. Bittersweet and closely observed, Bollain's film "makes us laugh and makes us cry" (Heraldo de Aragon). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1999 100 mins.
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Food of Love
Ventura Pons
The first English-language film from Spanish director Ventura Pons (Caresses) is a faithful adaptation of David Leavitt's coming-of-age novel, The Page Turner. A young, sexually-repressed music student has an affair with his piano-playing idol, for whom he has been hired as a page turner, but love is complicated by the boy's mother and the master pianist's agent/lover. Stars Paul Rhys, Kevin Bishop, Alan Corduner and Juliet Stevenson. "An elegant work" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). In English. Spain/Germany, 2002, 105 mins.
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Fugitivas (Fugitives)
Miguel Hermoso
Laia Marull won a Best Actress Goya Award for her performance as Toni, a rough 'n' tumble crook who finds herself stuck with her boyfriend's 7-year-old niece when he abandons them after a high-stakes robbery. When the other cheated robbery accomplices look to Toni for the missing loot, the mismatched duo are forced to run for their lives. As they struggle to remain one step ahead of their pursuers, they also forge a unexpected friendship. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 100 mins.
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Gente Pez
Jorge Iglesias
In this Spanish comedy, two best friends are offered free stay in a relative's apartment. While the rightful owner is away, they try to make some quick cash by renting out rooms. However, the space quickly turns into a sardine can of quirky characters, big-time drinkers, awkward advances, and messy fights. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 88 mins.
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Girl from Rio
Christopher Monger
An easygoing banker's breezy life is hit by hurricane when he discovers that his wife is having an affair. Raymond (Hugh Laurie) decides to rob his employer, grab a flight to Rio, and pursue his love of samba in this outrageous international comedy. In Brazil, Raymond finds the tables turned once again, as the exotic Orlinda (Vanessa Nunes) steals his fortune after spending a passionate night. Raymond hits the streets, hoping to correct a dismal situation. In Spanish with English subtitles. 2001 Spain 108 mins.
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The Girl of Your Dreams
Fernando Trueba
In 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, a Spanish film crew is invited by Hitler to Nazi Germany's UFA Studios in Berlin to film a popular musical. Eager to leave their war-torn country, the cast and crew head to Germany, where they are impressed by the fine studio and the charming Germans. But, their hosts' initial hospitality wanes when the beautiful star (Penelope Cruz), who has become the object of Nazi Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels' affections, befriends a concentration camp prisoner and tries to help him escape. Features a cameo by Hanna Schygulla as Goebbel's wife. From the director of Belle Epoque. The winner of 7 Goyas, including Best Film and Best Actress for Cruz. In Spanish and Castilian with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 121 mins.
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The Goalkeeper (El Portero)
Gonzalo Suarez
In the scenic Asturias, in the aftermath of the bloody Spanish Civil War, a goalkeeper in the Spanish Premiere League is swept into a life of political rebellion, joining up with the "maquis" to sabotage various operations of the repressive Franco regime. Gonzalez Suarez's detailed depiction of events demonstrates how one man's role on the field becomes a more subversive--and ultimately more meaningful--one off of it. Maribel Verdu (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Carmelo Gomez (La Gran Vida) star. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 84 mins.
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God is on the Air (No Somos Nadie)
Jordi Molla
In this scathing satire of the media's strangelhold over public opinion, the producers of a reality game show convince audience members that the "miracles" performed by a religious charlatan are real. Jordi Molla (who has acted in a string of Hollywood blockbusters including Blow, Bad Boys II, and The Alamo) makes his directorial debut here, crafting a fascinating study of media, religion, and faith in our time. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 91 mins.
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The Good Life (La Buena Vida)
David Trueba
A young boy passionate about growing up and writing his biography has his life changed drastically when his parents die in a plane crash while on vacation. He then must move in with his grandparents and change schools, where he falls in love for the first time and is no longer able to keep intact his childish snobberies and notions of self-importance. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1996, 102 mins.
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Gran Slalom
Jaime Chavarri
Love falls on the slopes in this amusing Spanish comedy. A police lieutenant (Juanjo Puigcorbe) en route to speak at a law enforcement convention at a ski lodge finds himself stranded when his car breaks down. Forced to hitch a ride, he's picked up by a beautiful woman (Laura Del Sol) on her way to the resort. Instantly smitten, the lieutenant tries to juggle courting his new love with his official duties. In Spanish with English subtitles.
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The Grandfather
Jose Luis Garci
An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and nominated for thirteen Goya Awards, The Grandfather is a deeply moving drama about an elderly man who leaves America to return to Spain on a mission to find which of his granddaughters is truly of his blood. His search is spurred by the knowledge that his son's widow was unfaithful during their marriage. Fernando Fernan-Gomez won the Goya for his sensitive performance as the title character. The film "...brims with understanding of the complexities of relationships, the frailties of humankind and the possibilities of joy" (Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 146 mins.
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The Green March (La Marcha Verde)
Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez
Against the backdrop of Franco's final hours, Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez spins a comic yarn about a civilian troupe ordered by the King of Morocco to "invade" the disputed Spanish colony and enact a carnivalesque atmosphere. Together they create a potent and sexually charged circus of political irreverence. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 2002 91 mins.
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Haz Conmigo lo Que Quieras (Kill Me Tender)
Ramon de Espana
A young woman enlists the help of her lover to expedite her husband's demise in this dark comedy. With Ingrid Rubio, Alberto San Juan, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Manuel Manquina, Chusa Barbero, Agata Lys and Bea Segura. "An effervescent, true-life tale of shenanigans in small-town northern Spain" (Jonathan Holland, Variety). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 98 mins.
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Hazlo Por Mi (Do it For Me)
Angel Fernandez Santos
A wealthy businessman is jolted from his apathetic state by a steely-eyed beauty (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) in this passionate Spanish thriller. Entering a seedy world of drugs, sex, and risk-taking, Andres (Carlos Hipolito) sees his boundaries dissolve and his safety threatened. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1997 88 mins.
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The House of Bernarda Alba
Mario Camus
Based on the play by Federico Garcia Lorca, Mario Camus' film tells the story of a cold-blooded provincial widow and her five adult daughters. Bernarda (Irene Gutirrez Caba) rules her wealthy household with an iron fist. After the death of their father, Bernarda locks her daughters in the house for an eight-year mourning period, acquiescing only to the courtship of her eldest, Angustias (Enriqueta Caballeira), by Pepe el Romano, a mysterious nobleman. Because Pepe is the only eligible bachelor in town, the younger sisters fall in love with him as well, a fact that has tragic consequences for the entire family. Beautifully shot and acted, the film conveys both the claustrophobia and beauty of a sequestered household. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1987, 103 mins.
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I Love You Baby
Alfonso Albacete/David Menkes
It's boy meets boy meets girl in this romantic comedy about the ambiguity and complexities of love. A young gay man, Marcos, suffers amnesia after getting hit in the head with a disco ball at a karaoke bar and loses all traces of his homosexuality. Naturally, his new boyfriend, Daniel, is not pleased when Marcos begins dating a woman, so he takes action by donning drag and going after his man. Stars Jorge Sanz (Belle Epoque) and a cameo by Boy George. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2001 110 mins.
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I Will Survive (Sobrevivire)
Alfonso Albacete/David Menkes
The third effort from the directorial duo behind I Love You Baby finds the pair in familiar territory with a story about a mismatched love affair and its comically romantic results. A young, pregnant woman (Emma Suarez) seeks refuge and solace with her gay friend (Juan Diego Botto) after her husband's death. Their definite emotional bond soon evolves into an unconventional romantic relationship. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1999 102 mins.
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Ibiza Dream
Igor Fioravanti
After being apart for years, three inseparable childhood friends are reunited at their childhood home, the tropical island of Ibiza. As they contemplate their dreams, career paths and future lives together, they find it hard to reconcile their ambitions with their friendship. A wistful, sad picture peppered with a fine musical score that reflects the hard-partying atmosphere of Ibiza. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 98 mins.
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If They Tell You I Fell... (Si Te Dicen Que Cai)
Vicente Aranda
Celebrated Spanish director Vicente Aranda (Lovers) weaves a series of interconnected tales through the years following the Spanish Civil War in this award-winning film. Forty-five years after the war, a doctor and nurse identify the recently deceased body of a person from their youth whom they had both presumed was long dead. The discovery dredges up memories from the past and reveals many surprises and unresolved issues. Nominated for seven Goya Awards, with Jorge Sanz (Belle Epoque) taking home the Best Lead Actor Goya. Also stars Victoria Abril (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down) and Antonio Banderas. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1989, 110 mins.
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Impulsos
Miguel Alcantud
Instead of going to the police, a young murder witness (Ann Rinueno) decides to use her knowledge to blackmail the killer (Daniel Freire). Soon their cat-and-mouse game evolves into a dangerous romance. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 91 mins.
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In a Glass Cage
Agustin Villaronga
A thriller that redefines the horror film. Written and directed by Agustin Villaronga, the story concerns a Nazi concentration camp doctor and his family living in exile in Spain a few years after the war. After a nasty fall leaves him in need of an iron lung, the Nazi finds his new male nurse an indispensable member of the family. With Gunter Meisner, David Sust and Marisa Paredes as Griselda. In Spanish with English subtitles. The DVD is letterboxed, and is an uncut, uncensored version that includes an interview with director Agustin Villaronga. Spain, 1986, 110 mins.
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In Praise of Older Women
Manuel Lombardero
Unlike the first screen adaptation of Stephen Vzinczey's novel--the softcore Tom Berenger and Karen Black vehicle from 1978--this sensitively wrought Spanish version retains the novel's keen attention to character and psychology. Juan Diego Botto stars as Andres, a young man who's led prematurely into adulthood by the events of the Spanish Civil War. When he loses his virginity to a seductive countess (Faye Dunaway), Andres realizes that life is just as complicated off the battlefield as on. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1997 105 mins.
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In the City (En La Ciudad)
Cesc Gay
An ensemble of attractive thirty-something friends live seemingly carefree lives in contemporary Barcelona. But behind closed doors, each of them carries on a secret existence that's concealed from the others. Single Sofia (Maria Pujalte) exists in a subterfuge of romantic fantasies and subconscious lies, while Tomas (Alex Brendermuhl) is in the throes of a secret love affair with one of his students. Cesc Gay's probing camera reveals the isolation affecting each of his characters -- an isolation that all of their talk and laughter can mask, but never erase. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 110 mins.
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Intacto
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
A group of gamblers with the power to steal the luck from others recruit a young thief named Tomas, the survivor of a disastrous plane crash. Convinced that he shares their gift, the gang brings Tomas into their bizarre world and subjects him to a series of unimaginable tests to see if he has the skills to overthrow a powerful rival, played by Max von Sydow. "Mesmerizing" (Boston Globe). The DVD is closed-captioned, and includes a director's commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, Spanish and English language tracks and 2 shorts by director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 109 mins.
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Jealousy (Celos)
Vicente Aranda
Director Vicente Aranda (Lovers, The Blood Spattered Bride) presents a vivid portrait of jealousy and obsession. Planning for their wedding, Carmen and Antonio appear to enjoy a strong relationship. But when Antonio happens upon an old photo of Carmen with a former lover, it changes his entire outlook on the woman he loves. This leads him into a frantic investigation of his fiancee's past. "As usual, Aranda demonstrates strong empathy for the woman's point of view; he deftly dissects and measures the way Antonio's killing emotion erodes the couple's affections" (Film Society of Lincoln Center). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1999, 105 mins.
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Kasbah
Mariano Barroso
Ernesto Alterio stars as a Spanish man living abroad in Morocco in this tense, culture-clash thriller. After accidentally raising the ire of the locals, Mario (Alterio) watches his half-sister (Elena Ballesteros) mysteriously disappeared. Convinced that the development is no coincidence, Mario embarks on a dangerous quest to find the young woman. "An intelligent, gripping script, exotic locations, generally top-notch performances and good production values" (Variety). In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain/Argentina, 2000, 99 mins.
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Killer Housewives
Javier Rebollo
Javier Rebello's Spanish comedy about the pitfalls of marriage is dark and twisted like the turn of a knife. It stars Neus Asensi as a housewife so frustrated with her abusive husband that she arranges to have him knocked off. Integral to the plan are the woman's hypochondriac sister (Nathalie Sesena), her gay cousin (Pere Ponce), and a slow-witted employee (Karra Elejalde). Their assistance proves so painless that the widow wonders if she can't get away with killing again. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2001 108 mins.
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Killing Words
Laura Mana
A chillingly claustrophobic thriller from Spain, Laura Mana's film takes place primarily within the confines of a tidy basement. Ramon (Dario Grandinetti) is a university professor who is liked and well respected by his colleagues. But at home, hidden from the outside world, Ramon plays host to a beautiful woman (Goya Toledo) who's bound and gagged inside his basement. Over the course of a single night, the pair engages in a thrilling psychological contest with impossibly high stakes. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2003 89 mins.
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KM. 0 (Kilometer Zero)
Juan Luis Iborra/Yolanda Garcia Serrano
Located in Madrid's Plaza del Sol in the city center, Kilometer Zero is the point from which all distances in Spain are measured from the capital. It is also the bustling hub of activity for the fourteen characters in this multi-layered farce. Chance meetings, missed connections and mistaken identities propel the players through the multiple romantic interludes and couplings during one hot Spanish day. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 105 mins.
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La Celestina
Gerardo Vera
Penelope Cruz stars in this adventurous romance about a young knight seeking the services of a witch to gain the love of a beautiful maiden. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1996, 92 mins.
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La Escopeta Nacional (The National Shotgun)
Luis Garcia Berlanga
This first and best movie in a trilogy that follows the fortunes of the Leguineches (a once wealthy family descended from nobility that has fallen upon hard times) concerns a businessman who joins the nation's most powerful figures on a hunting expedition and provokes a crisis of state. Inspired by an actual event that took place in the 1960's, the film is a wicked and witty look at the decadence of Spanish society in the seventies. With Rafael Alonso Luis Escobar, Antonio Ferrandis, Agustin Gonzalez, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Conchita Montes, Monica Randall, Barbara Rey, and Jose "Saza" Sazatornil. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1978, 98 mins.
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La Madre Muerta
Juanma Bajo Ulloa
During a night robbery, a cat burglar (Karra Elejalde) is interrupted by the woman of the house, and he fearfully murders her in a fit of surprise. Haunted for years by the feeling that someone witnessed his crime, Ismael's (Elejalde) worst fears are realized when he encounters a young woman (Ana Alvarez) who's aware of his gnawing, terrible secret. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1993, 105 mins.
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La Vaquilla (The Young Bull)
Luis Garcia Berlanga
During the Spanish Civil War, the nationalists go to a little village near the trenches to celebrate the feast of the Virgin of August and witness the fighting a young bull. The republicans decide to infiltrate the village and steal the young bull to annoy the nationalists, and to enjoy the meat. With Alfredo Landa, Jose Sacristan, Guillermo Montesinos, Santiago Ramos, Carlos Velat, Violeta Cela, Agustin Gonzalez, Maria Luisa Ponte, Adolfo Marsillach, Amelia de la Torre. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1985, 104 mins.
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La Vida Que te Espera
Manuel G. Aragon
Set in the rural mountains of Cantabria in Northern Spain, Manuel Gutierrez Aragon's bucolic, enveloping drama explores a heightening of tensions as competition among neighbors leads to an unsolved killing. Juan Diego, Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, and Celso Bugallo star in a beautifully photographed mystery with an acute feel for place. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 100 mins.
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Las Bicicletas son para el Verano (Bicycles are for the Summer)
Jaime Chavarri
Set in Madrid of the summer of 1936 against the background of the Spanish Civil War, this drama chronicles the personal stories of several middle-class families who deal with the bloody and senseless war with both momentary radicalism and humor. With Amparo Soler Leal, Agustin Gonzalez, Victoria Abril, Alicia Hermida, Gabino Diego, Patricia Adrian, Marisa Paredes, and Carlos Tristancho. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1984, 103 mins.
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Las Noches Secretas de Lucrecia Borgia (Secret Nights)
Roberto Bianchi Montero
Italian exploitation director Roberto Bianchi Montero (Monster of the Island) delivers this erotic period piece set in 1506. A thief steals the identity of a duke and is treated to an erotic stay in the palace of the insatiable Masked Lady, Lucrecia Borgia. In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles. Spain, 1982, 85 mins.
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Las Siete Magnificas y Audaces Mujeres (The Magnificent Seven)
Dario Herreros
Not to be confused with John Sturges' classic western, this sexy Spanish flick details the uproar that is created when one of the world's wealthiest men places an ad in a newspaper to find seven women to share his fortune. Using a competition to find his "magnificent seven," the bachelor promises the winners a week of lust and luxury beyond their wildest dreams. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1980, 84 mins.
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Last Images of the Shipwreck
Eliseo Subiela
Award-winning filmmaker Eliseo Subiela (The Dark Side of the Heart) directs this eye-opening, metaphysical film about the force of dreams and imagination. Roberto is an insurance agent whose only solace in life comes from writing, but he's experiencing writer's block. His luck changes when he finds the subject for his novel, a prostitute who uses a dramatic technique, a fake suicide attempt, in order to find customers. "Thoughtful, provocative, and highly original" (Chicago Reader). In Spanish with English subtitles. Argentina/Portugal/Spain, 1985, 127 mins.
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Lena
Gonzalo Tapia
Marta Larralde stars as the eponymous Lena, a pretty teenager who's had to grow a thick skin to survive day-to-day life in her crime-ridden Spanish coastal town. When Lena discovers that her father (Goya Award-winner Manuel Manquina) is in debt to a cartel of drug smugglers, she's forced to navigate through a dangerous web of violence, deceit, and dirty money. With Roberto Alvarez and Luis Tosar. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 108 mins.
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Lisboa (Lisbon)
Antonio Hernandez
Fantasy turns to nightmare in this Spanish road thriller. Segi Lopez (With a Friend Like Harry) stars as a street vendor who gives a ride to a sexy stranger, played by Carmen Maura (Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), and lives to regret it. Although sexual fireworks do explode, they are followed by extreme danger. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Argentina, 1999, 100 mins.
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Los Anos Barbaros
Fernando Colomo
Jordi Molla (Blow) stars in an uplifting political drama about students in Franco-era Spain who are arrested for leftist demonstrations at their university. Once in prison, the young men are rescued by an underground resistance movement that helps shuttle them out of Spain by having them pose as guides for beautiful female tourists. Nominated for 5 Goya Awards. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 120 mins.
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Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health
Manuel Gomez Pereira
Penelope Cruz headlines the cast of this sophisticated Spanish romantic comedy. The film follows 30 years in an on-again, off-again affair that begins when Diana, a devoted fan of the Beatles, seduces shy bellboy Santi so that she can sneak into John Lennon's Madrid hotel room. Decades later, Diana and Santi remain involved, and an event at the same hotel sheds new light on their relationship. Also starring Ana Belen, Juanjo Puigcorbe and Gabino Diego. From the director of Mouth to Mouth. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1996, 120 mins.
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Lovers of the Arctic Circle
Julio Medem
Two lovers who meet as youths are separated as adults, but the power of their romance comes close to reuniting them many times as their existences converge on a circular path over the years. A seductive fable of what we all wish true love to be. "The graceful jumping about in time and space may recall the early work of Alain Resnais, but the theme and ambience are Spanish to the core; Medem charts the crisscrossing destinies of the two leads with passion as well as lyricism" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 108 mins.
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Luna's Game
Monica Laguna
Ana Torrent stars as Luna, a beautiful young woman raised by a group of gamblers, hustlers, and card sharks who survives as an adult by winning at high-stakes poker games. Things are working out in Luna's favor when she is invited to the showdown of a lifetime. But, when offered a safe escape from her current life, Luna must decide which game she wants to ante up to. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 96 mins.
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Mad Love
Vicente Aranda
This super-sexy costume drama adds heavy doses of melodramatic fiction and skin to the true story of Joan of Castille, the daughter of Queen Isabella of Spain, whose politically arranged marriage became a passionate obsession, leading to madness. "...succeeds as a full-bodied diversion because it takes even its silly elements seriously. If you're in the mood for impressive castles and sumptuous costumes, torch-lit processions and decorative nudity, this is the place to turn" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Italy/Portugal, 2001, 118 mins.
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Maestros
Oscar del Caz
In this colorful comedy, a team of highly-skilled bank robbers expect to live out their days in a maximum-security prison in Spain. But when a surprise development leads to their release, they find themselves unable to adjust to life on the outside. Together the group decides to launch a final heist, unsure whether they still have the wherewithal to pull it off. With Manuel Alexandre, Alvaro de Luna, and Jesus Guzman. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 100 mins.
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Mararia
Antonio Jose Betancor
Goya Toledo (Amores Perros) plays the title character in this riveting tale of love, obsession and destruction. Set near the time of the Spanish Civil War, the film follows the explosive love triangle that develops between a young island doctor, an English surveyor, and the bewitching Mararia, whom they both love. A Goya Award-winner for Best Cinematography. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1998, 109 mins.
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Marcelino Pan Y Vino (Miracle of Marcelino)
Ladislao Vajda
The classic, immensely popular film of the 1950s, set in a rural area of Spain, about a young orphan boy discovering faith. Emotional and very moving, the film won the Grand Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1956, 88 mins.
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Mensaka
Salvador Garcia Ruiz
Madrid's rock n' roll scene is the backdrop for this believably compassionate study of a group of young musicians struggling towards success and adulthood. Along the way, they learn about controlling their artistic freedom, trusting themselves and their loved ones and coping with the changing emotional demands of their interpersonal lives. Variety says the film is "brought to life with surprising accomplishment." Spain, 1998, 105 mins.
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The Method
Marcelo Pineyro
Based on a play by Jordi Galeceran and swift in intelligence and pace, El Metodo is a Spanish office drama that takes place above the violent streets of Madrid, filled with anti-globalization protestors and police. An unnamed corporation is putting seven candidates through a grueling battery of computer-based tests against one another in the same room, charting their skills, psychology, and wit. And there's a mole that's helping the firm implement "the method." Winner of two Goya Awards. In Spanish with English subtitles. Argentina/Spain, 2005, 115 mins.
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The Motorcycle Diaries
Walter Salles
Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna star in a visually resplendent reconstruction of the journey that Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his best friend Alberto Granada took across South America in 1952 before Guevara began his career as a revolutionary. Director Walter Salles (Central Station) reveals inklings of Guevara's emerging political consciousness, but the character's discourse is more diagnostic than corrective and the road/buddy movie elements tend to dominate. "A soulful and reflective film, as gentle as it is potent" (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times). The DVD is letterboxed and includes deleted scenes, making-of featurette, A Moment with Gael Garcia Bernal featurette, Tomo Uno (Take One) featurette with Gael Garcia Bernal, interview with composer Gustavo Santaolalla, English and French subtitles, and more. In Spanish with English subtitles. Peru/Chile/Argentina/USA/Brazil, 2004, 128 mins.
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Move Over Mrs. Markham
Fernando Trueba
Carmen Maura appears in a quirky Spanish comedy about co-owners of a publishing company who have their hands full with infidelities, profit margins, and other problems. As Fernando (Antonio Resines) tries desperately to sign a top children's author to a new contract, his business partner Paco (Santiago Ramos) indulges in a tryst and chases his wife into the arms of another lover. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1985, 85 mins.
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My Mother Likes Women
Ines Paris/Daniela Fejerman
When a stunning Czech pianist, Eliska, steals their mother's heart, sisters Jimena, Elvira, and Sol are not only shocked they are practically despondent. Neurotic Elvira takes it the hardest, plunging into an identity crisis that is ultimately as entertaining as it is painful to watch. Rocker Sol reveals her true feelings while on stage one night, causing a scene that embarrasses even the girls' hip, intellectual father. Conservative Jimena finds herself struggling with her uptight husband's feelings about how the news will affect their young son. Convinced that Eliska must be after their mother just for her money and connections, the sisters concoct a devilish plan to out the newcomer for good. Featuring Pedro Almodovar and starring Rosa Maria Sard (All About My Mother) and Leonor Watling (Talk to Her). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 96 mins.
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Nadie Conoce a Nadie (Nobody Knows Anybody)
Mateo Gil
Mateo Gil, screenwriter for Open Your Eyes, steps behind the camera to direct this bizarre psychological thriller set during Seville's Holy Week festivities. A fledging novelist (Eduardo Noriega) who works as a crossword puzzle writer receives an ominous message to include a particular word in an upcoming puzzle. The day after the word appears, a prominent local figure is killed. Thus begins a nightmarish descent into a world where the holy and sacrilegious become one. Features music by director Alejandro Amenabar (Open Your Eyes, The Others). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/France, 1999, 108 mins.
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Nico and Dani (Krampack)
Cesc Gay
The sexual awakenings and experimentations of two teenaged boys on summer holiday are portrayed in this deeply felt coming-of-age film. The virginal boys spend time with two girls of their age, and sexual possibilities arise. But the friendship slowly drifts apart as it becomes clear that one boy is gay and the other is not. "Candid without the raunch and exploitation that Hollywood habitually brings to this time of life" (Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 90 mins.
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No te Fallare (I Won’t Let You Down)
Manuel Rios San Martin
Valle (Eva Santolaria) and Quimi (Antonio Hortelano) fell in love in high school and vowed to never part. They did, however, and each fell into a life different than what was expected. Three years later, the two unexpectedly meet and fall in love again, but Valle's job as a stripper at a seedy bar/underground drug den threatens to destroy them. A hit in its native Spain, No te Fallare was adapted from the popular television drama, Companeros. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 112 mins.
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Nobody's Life
Eduard Cortes
By all appearances, Emilio Barrero (Jose Coronado) leads a charmed life. An economist at the Bank of Spain, Barrero is married to an adoring wife (Adriana Ozores) and has a young son who idolizes him. In reality, however, Barrero has been masking an incredible secret for decades. When a shapely college student unexpectedly wanders into his life (Marta Etura), Barrero's lies come out in the wash. Based on a true story, this darkly funny and relentlessly engrossing tale was a nominee for multiple Goya Awards. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 103 mins.
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Noche de Reyes
Miguel Bardem
Miguel Bardem directs a comic Christmas romp about the harried Cuspineda family, whose lives are becoming swiftly unglued as the holiday season approaches. Businessman Ernesto Cuspineda (Joaquin Climent) is embroiled in an affair with his assistant, while his wife Lucia (Kiti Manver) is determined to put an end to it. Amidst the turmoil, Bardem tosses crooked Wise Men and scam artist Santas into the mix, making for a madcap Spanish comedy. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 103 mins.
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Nos Miran
Norberto Lopez Amado
Frequently compared to Alejandro Amenabar's The Others, this eerie Spanish horror thriller is based on a novel by Javier Garcia Sanchez, also titled The Others. Carmelo Gomez stars as Juan Garcia, a police detective assigned to investigate the disappearance of a missing businessman. As Juan digs into the case, a priest (Roberto Alvarez) reveals how the disappearance fits an ominous pattern tied to Juan's past. With Iciar Bollain. In Spanish with English subtitles. Italy/Spain, 2002, 105 mins.
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Not Love, Just Frenzy
Alfonso Albacete/Miguel Bardem/David Menkes
In the spirit of Almodovar comes this energetic film of polymorphous sexuality. An anything-goes disco in Madrid is the center of an outrageous sort of soap opera involving sex, drugs, music and murder among a group of hot-to-trot young nightclubbers. In addition to the attractive young leads, the film features cameo appearances by Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. "...this picture has nothing serious in mind beyond a good time, which is exactly what its trio of writers-directors - Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardem and David Menkes - deliver in smart and lively fashion" (Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times). Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1996, 104 mins.
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Novo
Jean-Pierre Limosin
An office worker with acute short-term memory loss (Eduardo Noriega) tries to piece together his elusive past while tentatively succumbing to the charms of a beguiling young woman (Anna Mouglalis) in Jean-Pierre Limosin's erotic comedy. Limosin borrows liberally from Christopher Nolan's Memento, but spins the proceedings in a more provocatively sexy, often comic direction. In French and Spanish with English subtitles. Switzerland/France/Spain, 2002, 98 mins.
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Only Human
Dominic Harari/Teresa Pelegri
Oscar nominee Norma Aleandro (Gaby) leads a talented cast in this wild Spanish farce. When Leni arrives to introduce her new fiance Rafi to her Jewish family, things go well until they learn he's Palestinian. "Hysterically funny. It maintains a lightning-fast pace that Hollywood comedies have long since abandoned" (Andrew O'Hehir, Salon). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 86 mins.
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Open Your Eyes
Alejandro Amenabar
A handsome womanizer is horribly disfigured in a car accident the morning after meeting a woman he feels he may be in love with. Imprisoned for a murder he doesn't remember, he looks for possible answers in his dream world, where clues to what may have actually happened exist and the dead seem to live again. "A haunting thriller that twists itself into several intriguing knots" (Elizabeth Weitzman, Interview). Eduardo Noriega and Penelope Cruz star. Remade by Cameron Crowe as 2001's Vanilla Sky, with Cruz reprising her role; Amenabar also directed The Others starring Nicole Kidman. Named Best Picture at the Tokyo Film Festival. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/France/Italy, 1997, 117 mins.
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Oror Diablo (Devil Gold)
Jose Novoa
The final film in a trilogy by director Jose Novoa and producer Elia Schneider, preceeded by Sicario and Huelepega (which Schneider directed), detailing the lives of children and young adults affected by extreme poverty in Latin America. Set in the desolate mining town of Papayal in the Venezuelan Amazon, Oro Diablo follows the devastation inflicted upon a young girl (Rocio Miranda) who is forced to repay the debt left by her mother, who abandoned the girl and fled with her lover after stealing the miners' gold. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Venezuela 2000 90 mins.
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The Other Side of the Bed
Emilio Martinez-Lazaro
This raucous musical comedy from Spanish director Emilio Martinez-Lazaro looks at the lies and heartaches that result from two couples' endless bed-hopping. Upbeat musical and dance numbers bring a playful air to the romantic interludes and sexual deceptions. Stars Guillermo Toledo, Natalia Verbeke, Ernesto Alterio, and Paz Vega. Nominated for the Best Picture Award at the 2002 Goya Awards. "A cheerful and sexy comic romp" (Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald). The DVD is letterboxed, and includes the U.S. and Spanish theatrical trailers, a director's introduction, and highlights from the 2003 Sundance Film Series. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 114 mins.
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Pareja De Tres
Antoni Verdaguer
A timid housewife arranges an affair for her husband in order to save her floundering marriage in this sexy comedy from Spain. With Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Rosa Maria Sarda, and Carmen Maura. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1995, 90 mins.
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The Perfect Crime (El Crimen Ferpecto)
Alex de la Iglesia
A pair of hotheaded department store salesmen bring their feud to deadly blows in a jet-black comedy from flamboyant director Alex de la Iglesia. When Rafael (Guillermo Toledo) unintentionally offs Don Antonio (Luis Varela), he leaves behind a witness who schemes to make his life a never-ending nightmare. Monica Cervera stars as the sly and obsessive salesgirl who lords her knowledge of the crime over Rafael until he agrees to become her husband and sexual slave. "Alex de la Iglesia continues to show absolutely no signs of reconciling his dramatic and comedic impulses" (Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 104 mins.
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Placido
Luis Garcia Berlanga
In this dark comedy set in a small Spanish town, the town's wealthy agree to participate in a campaign to "seat a poor person at your table" on Christmas Eve. A play between the rich and the poor becomes a terrifying story set off by an auction to distribute the poor, in particular the poor but humble, Placido. With Casto Sendra, Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez, Elvira Quintilla, Manuel Alexandre, Mario Bustos, Mari Carmen Yepes. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1961, 90 mins.
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Platillos Voladores (UFO's)
Oscar Aibar
This curious and fantastical film opens with a dramatization of a real historical event: in 1972 in Catalan, two textile workers are found decapitated by a set of railroad tracks with a note reading, "The extraterrestrials are calling us, we belong to the infinite". As director Oscar Aibar probes into the mysterious lives of these odd figures, he uncovers a curious connection between their stories and the schizophrenic political and cultural environment of authoritarian Spain. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 2003, 99 mins.
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Princesas
Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Spanish filmmaker Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Los Lunes al Sol) wrote and directed this affecting film about two young prostitutes (played by Candela Pena and Micaela Nevarez) competing for customers on the streets of Madrid. Hit with hard times and sharing similar hopes for a better life, the two become inseparable confidantes. Followers of Almodovar will enjoy the film's feisty spirit. An Official Selection at Sundance 2006. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2005, 114 mins.
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The Promise
Hector Carre
Indelible Spanish screen star Carmen Maura (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) stars as an abused, religiously devout housewife who flees Madrid at the behest of a mysterious seer. After finding a job with a wealthy family in a rural village, Celia (Maura) is again visited by the mysterious prophet, who urges her to kidnap her employers' child. Are these warnings the product of Celia's delicate psyche or something more insidious? With Ana Fernandez, Juan Francisco Margallo, and Santiago Baron. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2004 104 mins.
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Question of Luck
Rafael Moleon
A chance discovery leads a young man into a life of deception and passion in this thriller from Rafael Moleon (Baton Rouge). While on the way to meet his girlfriend, Julio (Eduardo Noriega) discovers an abandoned car with a dead body and a cache of jewels inside. Julio decides to take the jewels and hides them in a room that he rents from the mysterious Marie (Anna Galiena), a decision that will forever alter his once normal life. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1996, 102 mins.
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Running Out of Time
Imanol Uribe
Carmelo Gomez (Tierra) and Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls, Live Flesh) star in this superior thriller that won 8 Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Gomez), Best Supporting Actor (Bardem), Best New Actress (Ruth Gabriel) and Best Screenplay. A terrorist is distracted from his mission of destruction when he falls in love with a beautiful but troubled young woman, and soon he is immersed in her world of drugs, crime and chaos. "...a raw, punchy urban love story set against the background of terrorism" (Screen International). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1994, 93 mins.
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Salvajes (Savages)
Carlos Molinero
A lonely, middle-aged woman's newfound love threatens to destroy her unstable family in this award-winning Spanish film. Berta has devoted her life to caring for her deceased sister's children, all of whom are involved in various illegal activities. When she meets Eduardo, an equally distraught police inspector, they fall madly in love. Their affair becomes complicated, though, when Eduardo begins investigating a case involving Berta's family. Winner of the 2002 Goya for Best Adapted Screenplay. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 97 mins.
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Se Infiel y No Mires con Quien (Be Wanton and Tread No Shame)
Fernando Trueba
Trueba's romantic comedy of errors is based on an adaptation of the Spanish stage hit Move over Mrs. Markham by Ray Cooney. Paco (Santiago Ramos) and Fernando (Antonio Resines), owners of a bankrupt publishing house of children's books, have succeeded, by unorthodox means, to contract the country's best-selling author: Adela Mora (Chus Lampreave). However, on the night the contract is to be signed, confusion reigns when Paco borrows Fernando's house for an affair while Fernando meets with the client. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1985, 90 mins.
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The Sea Inside
Alejandro Amenabar
Javier Bardem delivers a complex and deeply moving performance in this true story of a Spanish fisherman and poet who suffers a diving accident at the age of 26 and is left paralyzed and bedridden. Director Alejandro Amenabar picks up with Ramon (Bardem) at the age of 54, as his mounting frustration and weariness at his constrained life causes him to pursue euthanasia. Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards, the film "promotes dignity, love, and inspiration with such insistence that there's relatively little chance to feel Ramon Sampedro's unendurable pain" (Entertainment Weekly). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 125 mins.
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Second Skin
Gerardo Vera
This intense romantic drama from Gerardo Vera deals with a husband's infidelity to his wife with another man. The husband, skillfully played by Jordi Mola, must make a decision to either remain faithful to his wife or accept a new life with his lover. The film also features excellent performances by Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), Cecilia Roth (All About My Mother), Ariadna Gil (Belle Epoque). "A movie that is not easily forgotten" (Chicago Tribune). Spain, 2000, 104 mins.
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Secrets of the Heart
Montxo Armendariz
A nine-year-old boy must come to terms with death following his father's suicide. The boy and his brother try to uncover the veil of secrecy in a household overcome with grief, as the ghosts of the imagination guide them to a better understanding. This "delicate, insightful film" (Stephen Holden, New York Times) was an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Audience Choice Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1997, 108 mins.
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Sex and Lucia
Julio Medem
Lucia seeks refuge on a Mediterranean island after the death of her boyfriend. While there, she discovers her lover's dark past and reawakens a part of herself she thought dead. Passionate storytelling and an exceptional cast highlight this erotic, daring film from Julio Medem (Lovers of the Arctic Circle)."... a masterwork by any definition" (Film Threat). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 128 mins.
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Sexo Por Compasion
Laura Mana
After her husband walks out on her, middle-aged Dolores (Elisabeth Margoni) embarks on a quest for self-satisfaction that lands her in bed with a number of men who've been wronged by their wives. Director Laura Mana blends color and black-and-white footage to create a unique visual scheme that enlivens her film's rural Spanish setting. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 2000 109 mins.
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Shanghai Spell
Fernando Trueba
In 1940's Barcelona, young Dani (Fernando Tielve) is hired to care for the elderly and quixotic ex-soldier Captain Blay (Fernando Fernan Gomex). Blay convinces the would-be artist to paint a portrait of the beautiful Susanna (Aida Folch), the daughter of an underground resistance figure. It isn't long before the two have forgotten their other commitments and begun focusing on each other. Fernando Trueba's (Belle Epoque) tender coming-of-age story was a multiple Goya Award-winner. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 119 mins.
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Siempre Hay un Camino a la Derecha
Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez
Juan (Juan Luis Galiardo) and Pepe (Juan Echanove) move to Madrid, where they fall victim to poverty and become lovesick for the same woman. When the host of a reality show offers them a forum to cure their ills, their suffering is converted into mass entertainment. Jose Luis Garcia Sanchez's comedy is a scathing satire of mass media culture. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain 1997 97 mins.
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Silencio Roto (Broken Silence)
Montxo Armendariz
Life and love in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War are explored in this impressive film from the director of Secretos Del Corazon. Lucia (Lucia Jimenez) returns to her small mountain village to live with her parents, where she falls in love with a young blacksmith who supports the anti-Franco guerillas in the surrounding mountains. When her new love decides to join the rebels, Lucia experiences the harsh realities of love during wartime. "An accomplished, rangy and affecting piece" (Variety). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 110 mins.
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Solas
Benito Zambrano
The moving story of a mother and daughter's struggles to break away from a domineering patriarch and find themselves. The daughter has moved to the city to escape her father's cruel ways, only to end up abandoned and pregnant by her boyfriend. Her mother comes to stay with her when her husband winds up in the hospital and the women try to face the immense changes in their lives. "...quietly moving...[Maria] Galiana's quietly monumental performance is one for the ages" (Stephen Holden, New York Times). Winner of the Audience Award for Best Picture at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1999, 101 mins.
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Solo Mia
Javier Balaguer
Joaquin (Sergi Lopez, Dirty Pretty Things) and Angela (Paz Vega, Talk to Her) are a young couple settling into married life. But, marital bliss soon turns a dangerous corner when Joaquin's jealousy boils out of control, unleashing waves of violence upon his new wife. The DVD is letterboxed and includes filmographies, optional English subtitles, behind-the-scenes footage, a photo gallery, and more. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2001, 100 mins.
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Sombras en una Batalla (Shadows in a Battle)
Mario Camus
Ana is a veterinarian and single mother living in a quiet, desolate part of Spain near the Portuguese border. When a handsome stranger comes to town, Ana finds her life disrupted as she is drawn into his dangerous world. Winner of Spanish Goya Awards for best original screenplay and best supporting actor for Fernando Valverde. With Carmen Maura, Joaquim de Almeira and Francisco Hernandez. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1993, 97 mins.
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Spirit of the Beehive
Victor Erice
A landmark Spanish film by Victor Erice, featuring the remarkable Ana Torrent in the story of two little girls growing up after the Spanish Civil War in the countryside. The hypnotic, spellbinding nature of the film is a rare achievement in cinema, as Erice evokes a deep poetry of childhood in a portrait of isolation. Criterion Collection Edition. Letterboxed. Includes The Footprints of a Spirit documentary featuring director Victor Erice, producer Elias Querejeta, co-screenwriter Angel Fernandez-Santos, and actor Ana Torrent, Interviews with Victor Erice, film scholar Linda Ehrlich, and Fernando Fernan Gomez, and an essay by film scholar Paul Julian Smith. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1973, 95 mins.
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The Stone Raft
George Sluizer
George Sluizer's (The Vanishing) enchanting fantasy begins when an earthquake causes a fissure along the border between Spain and France. As the Iberian Peninsula rockets away from continental Europe, a group of five individuals are drawn together by a series of supernatural occurrences. Recast as Old Testament prophets in a modern mold, the group searches for answers while preparing for what seems to be an impending apocalypse. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago, Sluizer's film achieves a singular tone as "a low-key disaster picture, made about characters who are inward, thoughtful, talkative" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 117 mins.
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Stormy Weather
Pedro Olea
Pedro Olea's harrowing Spanish drama chronicles the linked destinies of two romantic couples--Elena (Maribel Verdu, Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Chus (Jorge Sanz), and Sara (Maria Barranco) and Oscar (Dario Grandinetti, Talk to Her). Touching on themes of depression, addiction, and infidelity, Olea's film is evocatively photographed in a rain-drenched Madrid. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 88 mins.
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Swindled
Miguel Bardem
A three-card monte player (Ernesto Alterio) steps up his game after meeting a veteran scam artist (Manuel Alexandre) with ties to the mythical king of the confidence men (Federico Luppi). Together the trio formulates a plan to bilk real estate investors out of millions. Funny, fast-moving, and pulsing with the flavor of Madrid, Miguel Bardem's thriller is a high-tempo treat. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 107 mins.
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Take My Eyes
Iciar Bollain
Iciar Bollain (Flores de Otro Mundo) directs a multiple Goya Award-winning drama about a terrified housewife (Laia Marull) who flees from her abusive husband (Luis Toscar) after his outbursts begin to grow increasingly violent. Pilar (Marull) moves in with her sister (Candela Pena) and begins the difficult work of building a new life, until her love for her husband causes her to go against her better judgment and return to him. Alternately a gripping thriller and a complex, empathetic examination of domestic violence, Bollain's film is "...extraordinarily truthful and piercing" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 106 mins.
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Tasio
Montxo Armendariz
Montxo Armendariz became popular with this beautifully filmed, simple, but intimate portait of the ordinary life of Tasio, a young coal maker living in rural Navarret (a region of Northern Spain, next to the French border) during Franco's fascist regime. With Patxi Bisquert, Amaia Lasa, Isidro Jose Solano, Garikoitz Mendigutxia, Paco Sagarzazu. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1984, 95 mins.
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Things I Left in Havana
Manuel Gutierrez Aragon
Three Cuban sisters come to Spain in search of a better life, but they must contend with attempted exploitation and seduction as they pursue the capitalist dream. A sophisticated comedy, veering from screwball antics to bittersweet moments. Starring Jorge Perugorria (Strawberry and Chocolate) and Violeta Rodriguez, who earned a Goya nomination as Best New Actress for her debut performance in this film. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1997, 110 mins.
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Tinta Roja
Francisco J. Lombardi
Upon graduating from college, Alfonso Fernandez (Giovanni Ciccia) embarks on an ambitious campaign in order to obtain a job as a newspaper reporter. Despite his aspirations to be an entertainment reporter, Alfonso is assigned to the daily crime column. It is in this department that he encounters old-school cat Saul Faundez (Gianfranco Brero). As Alfonso's experiences bring about a deeper understanding of life, he realizes that Faundez is a man whose feelings and passions complement the tainted world in which he has chosen to live. With Fele Martinez and Lucia Jiminez. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Peru, 2000, 105 mins.
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To Die (or Not)
Ventura Pons
Several stories in which the characters meet their doom are replayed with alternate endings in this clever anthology film from award-winning Spanish director Ventura Pons. In the first half of the film, we see the hand of fate falling. In the second half, we see how one slight change in the chain of events can result in an entirely different outcome. In Catalan with English subtitles. Spain, 2000, 92 mins.
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Torremolinos 73
Pablo Berger
A hapless door-to-door salesman is pushed into a curious new line of work in this hilarious Spanish-Danish co-production. With the encyclopedia business sagging, Alfredo's (Javier Camara) employer urges the married salesman to assist him in a new scheme--shooting "educational" sex films at home for a seedy Scandinavian distributor (Thomas Bo Larsen). Despite his misgivings, Alfred enlists his pretty wife (Candela Pena) to help him, and before long she's being recognized on the street as one of Europe's hottest porn stars. "A joyous celebration of sex and filmmaking" (The New York Times). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Denmark, 2005, 91 mins.
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Truhanes (Swindlers)
Miguel Hermoso
Playboy Gonzalo Miralles winds up in prison after a botched "business venture." While there, he befriends Gines, an old but respected pickpocket. Gonzalo and Gines make an agreement: while they are in prison, Gines will protect Gonzalo, and when they are released, Gonzalo will protect Gines. But upon their release, Gines becomes Gonzalo's gardener - a gardener who would rather meddle in Gonzalo's business than pull weeds. With Paco Rabal, Arturo Fernandez, Isabel Mestres, Lola Flores, Vicky Lagos, Rafael Diaz, Elena Arnao, Angel Alcazar, Alberto Fernandez. In Spanish WITH NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES. Spain, 1983, 102 mins.
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Tu Que Harias Por Amor (Just Run)
Saura Medrano
Thirteen-year-old Milio and his older brother Luis are drug runners for one of Madrid's most dangerous dealers. After a brush with death, Luis wants out of the business, but a variety of pressures conflict his decision. The debut feature from Saura Medrano, son of the great Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura. Stars Fele Martinez, Silkie, Geraldine Chaplin, Francisco Rabal and Alberto Escobar. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/Italy/Denmark, 2000, 91 mins.
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The Ugliest Woman in the World
Miguel Bardem
Spain's Miguel Bardem spins this slick, dark-humored crime drama/sci-fi/farce starring Elia Galera as Lola Otero, "the ugliest woman in the world." Rejected by her parents, classmates, and boyfriend, Lola also had to endure being raped. Her fortunes change when a mad scientist transforms her into a statuesque supermodel. But she is so traumatized by her troubled childhood that she begins killing other beauties, particularly former Miss Spain winners. Matters are complicated when the inspector assigned to investigate the murders falls for Lola. With Roberto Alvarez. Letterboxed. Optional English or Chinese subtitles. Spanish with English subtitles. Spain 1999 104 mins.
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Una Pasion Singular (A Singular Passion)
Antonio Gonzalo
Daniel Freire stars in this controversial film as Blas Infante, the "father of Andalucia," who received a law degree, and then went on to fight for the separation of Andalucia from the rest of Spain. In the midst of his work, he created the Andalucian flag and wrote the state hymn, before being shot by Franco's troops in 1936. With Juan Diego, Marisol Membrillo, Maria Galiana. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 105 mins.
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Unconscious (Inconscientes)
Joaquin Oristrell
A quirky, artful period comedy set in Barcelona during the early twentieth century against the backdrop of Sigmund Freud and news of his psychoanalytic theories. In it, the hotheaded, pregnant heroine, Alma (Leonor Watling, Bad Education), comes home to find her psychiatrist husband, Dr. Leon (Alex Brendemuhl), frantic and ready to abandon her. With the help of her brother-in-law, Salvador (Luis Tosar), and her husband's medical journal, she sets out to solve his mysterious disappearance, encountering many romantic and outlandish types along the way. "A delirious bedroom farce...in the spirit of early Pedro Almodovar" (Stephen Holden, New York Times). Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 109 mins.
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The Uninvited Guest
Guillem Morales
A Spanish architect (Andoni Gracia) is still reeling from a break-up with his long-time girlfriend (Monica Lopez) when a visitor asks to use the phone at the austere, modern home he's designed for himself in Barcelona. When the caller disappears without a trace, the architect finds himself consumed by paranoia and increasingly certain that his home holds secrets he doesn't understand. "An eye-catching, stylishly minimalist debut thriller" (Variety). In Spanish and German with English subtitles. Spain, 2004, 104 mins.
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Vengo
Tony Gatlif
A feud between two families in Spain's southern Andalusia region explodes when a murder forces one clan to seek revenge against the other. Set against a backdrop of beautiful flamenco music and dancing, director Tony Gatlif (Latcho Drom) perfectly captures both the musical culture of the region and the families' blood lust with fiery precision. The DVD is letterboxed, with a new digital transfer, and includes optional English subtitles, interviews, the original theatrical trailers, a filmography and the short film, Los Almendros-Plaza Nueva (Alvaro Alonso, 2000, 25 mins.).In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/France, 2001, 90 mins.
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Warriors (Guerreros)
Daniel Calparsoro
A group of Spanish soldiers stationed as peacekeepers in a war-torn Kosovo in 1999 find themselves caught in the middle of guerilla warfare between Serbs and Albanians in this compelling, action-packed film. As the realities of their situation sink in, the humanitarians must become warriors to ensure their survival. Nominated for three Goya Awards. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 96 mins.
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What Makes Women Laugh
Joaquin Oristrell
Award-winning screenwriter/director Joaquin Oristrell (Between Your Legs, Mouth to Mouth) directs this outrageous romantic comedy. Three sisters turn the sex roles upside down when Luci (Veronica Forque, Kika) finds her recently departed husband's bulging little black book and is shocked to learn the extent of his philandering. Ignoring her late husband's pleas from the world beyond, she and her sisters go on vacation and treat themselves to a little tit for tat with some local boy toys. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1999, 109 mins.
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What’s It All About?
Ventura Pons
In an amusingly minimalist series of 15 short vignettes, the foibles of modern man are shown through segments dealing with various aspects of human behavior: desire, love, submission, jealousy, honesty, faith, and more. Through conversations, monologues, and fantasies, the film paints a cynical view of contemporary life and love. Based on the short stories of Quim Monzo. In Catalan with English subtitles. Spain, 1994, 89 mins.
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The Witch Affair
Jose Miguel Juarez
When a young man murders his partner, two women who had witnessed the crime appear with a young girl at the victim's funeral with the prophecy that all his dreams will come true. But at what cost? In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 100 mins.
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X (Equis)
Luis Marias
Antonio Resines stars as Javier, a homicide detective who wakes up one morning with no recollection of how he spent the previous night. Assigned to investigate a brutal murder, Javier soon realizes that all of the evidence points to him. Luis Maria's neo-noir is a tense psychological thriller with plenty of hair-raising twists. With Esperanza Roy and Maria Adanez. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2002, 100 mins.
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The Yellow Fountain
Miguel Santesmases
A woman sets off to discover the truth about the murder of her parents, enlisting the help of a shy researcher (Eduardo Noriega of Alejandro Amenabar's Thesis and Open Your Eyes). Together they step deeper and deeper into the mysterious and dangerous world of the Chinese criminal triads. "...an engaging blend of thriller, romance, social critique and docu-style investigation" (Variety). In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain/France, 1999, 94 mins.
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Yerma
Pilar Tavora
Based on a book by Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, Yerma tells the story of woman who longs for a child, but is unable to conceive. Harboring a deep hatred for her husband, she is tempted to seduce a shepherd from the village, but feels conflicted by her moral values. Her desperation and obsession eventually drive her to the brink of insanity. Stars Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Irene Papas and Juan Diego. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 1999, 118 mins.
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You're My Hero (Eres Mi Heroe)
Antonio Cuadri
This comedy centers on the coming of age of Ramon, a 13 year-old boy in constant conflict with the older generation during the socially turbulent times of 1970's Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles. Spain, 2003, 103 mins.
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