PRESS CONFERENCE FOR RECENT SPANISH CINEMA

(02/24/2000)

Who: CARMELO ROMERO, Sub-Director General, Spanish Film Institute (ICAA)

EDUARDO BAUTISTA, Executive President, Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SGAE)

CARMEN MAURA, actress in Pedro Almodóvar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN & WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS and LISBON

ADRIANA OZORES, actress, ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN, MANOLITO FOUR-EYES

ELVIRA LINDO, screenwriter MANOLITO FOUR-EYES

ANGELES GONZÁLEZ-SINDE, screenwriter SECOND SKIN

ALICIA LUNA, screenwriter ASK THE KING TO EXPLAIN

ALFONSO ALBACETE, director I WILL SURVIVE

AGUSTIN ALMODÓVAR, executive producer HIGH HEELS, TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN!

DAVID MENKES, director I WILL SURVIVE

(Those listed above will appear subject to their availability)

What: The American Cinematheque will hold a press conference on the occasion of the film series RECENT SPANISH CINEMA (February 24 – March 12). Series guests will be introduced and will answer questions from the press. *One on one interviews are available following. Arrangements can be made on site.

When: Thursday, February 24, 2000. 9:30 AM Press Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Press Conference followed by *one on one interviews.

Where: Egyptian Theatre, Steven Spielberg Screening Room (access from Main Lobby).

6712 Hollywood Boulevard (east of Highland between McCadden Place and Las Palmas Avenue). Free 2 hour parking available in Municipal lot on east side of Cherokee Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard. Other area lots are $6. No validation.

Film Series: RECENT SPANISH CINEMA features 14 new films from Spain; a 12-film Pedro Almodóvar retrospective, (Appearing in person, March 10th, for the screenings of TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! and HIGH HEELS); a Women in Spanish Cinema showcase and panel discussion; and a one night Luis Buñuel Centennial screening. The event is an American Cinematheque presentation in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry of Education & Culture (ICAA), Spanish Society of Authors, Composers & Publishers (SGAE), Fundación Autor, Instituto de la Mujer, The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade, Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America West.

For more information about the RECENT SPANISH CINEMA series, please see our website: www.egyptiantheatre.com or call to request a press release.

Ticket Policy: Screening copies of the films are available to press in our office in advance. Journalists who must attend public screenings, should note that we can only issue one press ticket per film, per media outlet. To request a press ticket, please send a fax with the titles of the films you need to review to: Margot Gerber at 323.461.9737. Requests must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the screening you wish to attend. Friday at 10:00 AM is the cut-off time for Saturday and Sunday screenings. Additional tickets can be purchased for $7 each at the box office. It is advised that you arrive 30 minutes BEFORE show time if your name is on the press list. TIckets will not be held past 10 minutes to screening time in the event of a sell out.

Interviews with Guests:

Most guests will be leaving Los Angeles on Wed. March 1st. Please call Angel Gil at 323.461.2020, ext. 119 or at the Bel Age Hotel to arrange interviews with any of the above guests except those listed below.

PENÉLOPE CRUZ, actress THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, WOMAN ON TOP Requests to interview Ms. Cruz should be directed to Terri McClure, PMK. 323.954.4000

FERNANDO TRUEBA, Oscar-winning director BELLE EPOQUE, THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS. Requests to interview Mr. Trueba should be directed to Angel Gil, 323.461.2020 X 119.

PEDRO ALMODVAR: Requests should go to Mark Roper at Block Korenbrocht Publicity (323 area code). Mr. Almodovar will arrive in town after March 6th.

For more information or to RSVP please call 323.461.2020, ext. 115 or 116.

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