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RECENT SPANISH CINEMA XV

June 4 at the Egyptian Theatre and June 5 - 10 at the Aero Theatre

Presented in collaboration with the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles. With the support of EGEDA, E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America) and the Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles.

Once the domain of a few noted auteurs such as Luis Bunuel, Spanish-language cinema has exploded in recent years to encompass everything from audacious art-house dramas (the masterpieces of Albert Serra) to genre-bending sci-fi films (F. Javier Gutierrez' BEFORE THE FALL). Latin American actors, directors and technicians are enriching the Spanish industry, and co-productions are at an all-time high.

Contemporary Spanish directors have led the way in exploring new approaches to traditional film genres, many of which can be appreciated in this years selection. This collection of vital new Spanish films includes Raul Garcia and Manuel Sicilia's animated film THE MISSING LYNX (produced by Antonio Banderas) as well as movies that reinvent existing genres such as Gutierrez' BEFORE THE FALL, which offers a distinctive brand of science fiction that favors suggestion and speculation over special effects. Highlights also include: THE OXFORD MURDERS, the latest film by acclaimed director Alex de la Iglesia (EL CRIMEN PERFECTO) and from up and coming filmmaker Santiago Zannou, THE ONE-HAND TRICK (winner of three Goya Awards), six-Goya Award-winner CAMINO, our opening night film and new performances by Maribel Verdu, Javier Camara, Diego Luna, Ariadna Gil and Victoria Abril. All films in Spanish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.

We’re thrilled to welcome at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres actress Ariadna Gil, and directors Javier Fesser, Alex de la Iglesia, F. Javier Gutierrez, Raul Garcia and Santiago Zannou!

EGYPTIAN THEATRE HOLLYWOOD

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Opening Night - Thursday, June 4 - 7:30 PM - Egyptian Theatre

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CAMINO
2008, 143 min. Dir. Javier Fesser.

Los Angeles Premiere!

Camino (Nerea Camacho) is a bouncy 11-year-old girl whose happy, God-centric life in Madrid is spent between her religious school and a home dominated by her pious, authoritarian mother, Gloria (Carme Elias). Her family belongs to Opus Dei, the controversial Catholic organization founded by Spain's recently canonized Jose Maria Escriva. Then the back pains that have been troubling Camino turn out to have a serious origin.

Winner of 6 Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Discussion following with director Javier Fesser.

AERO THEATRE SANTA MONICA

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Friday, June 5 - 7:30 PM - New Talent Double Feature - Aero Theatre

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BEFORE THE FALL
(3 DIAS)
2008, 93 min.

The Secretary General of the United Nations makes an important announcement: A giant meteor is headed towards Earth, and scientists believe its impact will destroy all life on the planet in about three days. For Alejandro (Victor Clavijo), a frustrated young man who lives with his mother in the isolated village of Laguna, the impending end inspires him to spend his last days shut away, getting drunk and listening to his favorite music. All is well, until a stranger arrives and unsettles the town. First-time director F. Javier Gutierrez masterfully creates the atmosphere of a world literally waiting for its own destruction; facing the inevitable end, what should you still care about?

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THE ONE-HAND TRICK
(EL TRUCO DEL MANCO)
2008, 87 min. Dir. Santiago Zannou.

Los Angeles Premiere!
Winner of 3 Goya Awards, including Best New Director and Best New Actor.

Twenty-eight-year-old Enrique Heredia (El Langui) who is afflicted with cerebral palsy and his friend Adolfo (Ovono Candela), a downbeat 30-year-old who lives with his alcoholic father, are passionate about opening a music studio. To accomplish their goal, they surround themselves with men and women of different origins and cultures who also belong to this long-suffering and deprived urban community. Their philosophy : "Dont tell me it can't be done."

Discussion in between films with director F. Javier Gutierrez and director Santiago Zannou.

Saturday, June 6 - 4:00 PM - Family Matinee - Aero Theatre

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THE MISSING LYNX: PAWS ON THE RUN
(EL LINCE PERDIDO)
2008, 97 min. Dirs. Raul Garcia and Manuel Sicilia.

Don't miss the Winner of the Goya for Best Animated film!

Felix the Lynx, an accident prone, endangered feline, lives in the breathtaking landscapes of Southern Spain. He and his motley crew of animal friends (including Gus the chameleon and Bea the wild goat) are fighting for their lives, as they try to escape the blood thirsty Newmann, a world famous hunter hired by the eccentric millionaire Noah, in his well meaning but dangerous plan to rescue every endangered species on earth. Co-produced by Antonio Banderas.

Discussion following with director Raul Garcia.

Saturday, June 6 - 7:30 PM - Thriller Double Feature - Aero Theatre

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JUST WALKING
(SOLO QUIERO CAMINAR)
2008, 129 min. Dir. Agustín Díaz Yanes.

Los Angeles Premiere!
Goya Award for Best Cinematography.

The action opens in Andalucia as four women Gloria (Victoria Abril), Aurora (Ariadna Gil), Ana (Elena Anaya) and Paloma (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) are poised to rip off Russian gangsters in Spain. Things go awry and Aurora is left behind, receiving a lengthy jail sentence. Paloma falls in with a visiting Mexican mafia delegation, which includes a garish, pimpish crime boss, Felix (Jose María Yazpik) and his good-gangster sidekick, the baby-faced Gabriel (Diego Luna). In Spain, meanwhile, Gloria and Ana hatch a plot to spring Aurora from jail. Reunited in Mexico, the girls plot a new heist.

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THE OXFORD MURDERS
(LOS CRIMENES DE OXFORD)
2008, 108 min.

Los Angeles Premiere!

From the wildly talented Spanish filmmaker, Alex de la Iglesia (DAY OF THE BEAST, LA COMUNIDAD) comes this riveting thriller. American student Martin (Elijah Wood) arrives in Oxford on a foreign exchange program and gets tongues wagging when he challenges  Professor Seldom's (John Hurt) theory that math doesn't hold the exact answer to everything. But this mismatched pair are thrown together when a series of murders begins -- and both of their theories go into disarray. A box office hit in Spain!

In English.

Discussion in between films with actress Ariadna Gil and director Alex de la Iglesia.

Sunday, June 7 - 7:30 PM - Historical Drama Double Feature - Aero Theatre

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THE BLIND SUNFLOWERS
(LOS GIRASOLES CIEGOS)
2008, 98 min. Dir. Jose Luis Cuerda.

Los Angeles Premiere!
Goya Award winner for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In the immediate post Spanish Civil War period, Elena (Maribel Verdu) has assumed the role of household head while her left-wing schoolteacher husband, Ricardo (Javier Camara), is in hiding in the house. This is only one of the family's secrets. Elena's pregnant daughter has run off with a boy who is a fugitive from the authorities. When Salvador (Raul Arevalo), a local deacon, part-time schoolteacher and devoted right-winger, becomes obsessed with the supposedly widowed Elena, her secret life is threatened.

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EL ESCORIAL CONSPIRACY
(LA CONJURA DE EL ESCORIAL)
2008, 128 min. Dir. Antonio del Real.

Los Angeles Premiere!

In the late 16th Century, in the Court of Philip II, the House of Alba is fighting to regain the King's favour and displace the rival faction of the House of Mendoza, led by the Princess of eboli (Julia Ormond). On the night of Easter Monday, 1578, paid assassins ambush Juan de Escobedo (Joaquim de Almeida) and kill him. Mateo Vazquez, (Jordi Molla) a priest and incorruptible official in the Kings service, is charged with the investigation of his murder.

Wednesday, June 10 - 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre

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BIRDSONG
(EL CANT DELS OCELLS)
2008, 98 min. Dir. Albert Serra.

In what instantly ranks as one of cinema’s most unusual takes on the nativity story, this second feature by Catalan director Albert Serra (KNIGHT'S HONOR) reimagines the journey of the three kings to visit Jesus. Investing the story of the Magi with humor and deep humanity (and photographing it in gorgeous black-and-white in remote locations), Serra recalls both Beckett and Bunuel but tells a story all his own. Winner of three Gaudi Awards, including Best Film and Best Director, this movie confirms Catalan director Serra as one of the most original voices in world cinema. Using non-professional actors and natural light, Serra achieves a reality in both of his films that pays tribute to the majesty of the natural landscape. Catalan and Hebrew with English subtitles.

 

RECENT SPANISH CINEMA XV
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American Cinematheque
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
www.americancinematheque.com - 323.466.FILM - tickets: www.fandango.com