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Spanish Cinema Media Alert about Interview Opportunities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 3, 2004

Contact: Margot Gerber Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S 11TH ANNUAL "RECENT SPANISH CINEMA" SERIES TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY IN PERSON TRIBUTES TO ACTRESS CARMEN MAURA AND DIRECTOR FERNANDO COLOMO, AND IN PERSON APPEARANCES BY DIRECTORS JAVIER FESSER AND DAVID TRUEBA

Presented in collaboration with the Ministerio de Educacion, Deporte y Cultura, SGAE, Fundación Autor, ICEX - Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior, EGEDA.

February 26 - March 14, 2004

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents RECENT SPANISH CINEMA 2004(February 26 - March 14, 2004). Our eleventh annual survey of the wildest and most uncompromising new films from Spain features 19 new features, a short film series, an In Person tribute to actress Carmen Maura (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN) and an In Person tribute to director Fernando Colomo. Filmmakers scheduled to appear in person to discuss their films include directors Javier Fesser (MORTADELO & FILEMON: THE BIG ADVENTURE) and David Trueba (SOLDADOS DE SALIMINA). All films in Spanish with English subtitles, unless otherwise noted.

All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

This spectacular line-up teems with fresh, provocative titles from emerging directors including David Trueba's SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA (SOLDIERS OF SALAMINA, a complex historical detective story); Iciar Bollain's TE DOY MIS OJOS (TAKE MY EYES, a compassionate look at domestic violence -nominated for nine Goya Awards this year); Achero Mañas' NOVIEMBRE (NOVEMBER - a powerful exploration of a radical street theater group); stunning directorial debuts like Jaime Rosales' astonishing LAS HORAS DEL DÍA (THE HOURS OF THE DAY, winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes this year (a frightening portrait of a sociopath); Pablo Berger's TORREMOLINOS 73 (a wacky tale of a couple's flirtation with the 70's porn industry); and screenwriter Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde's LA SUERTE DORMIDA (SLEEPING LUCK - an admirable drama with Adriana Azores). Two new documentaries will also be shown, Fernando Perez's stunningly lyrical SUITE HABANA about daily life in Cuba; and Dominique Abel's gypsy Flamenco piece POLIGONO SUR (THE THREE THOUSAND). Javier Fesser's hilarious MORTADELO & FILEMON: THE BIG ADVENTURE is a mutant live-action cartoon blending AUSTIN POWERS, The Three Stooges and PEEWEE'S BIG ADVENTURE.

This year, the retrospective portion of the series is devoted to two giants of Spanish Cinema - actress Carmen Maura and director Fernando Colomo who will both join us in person.

Originally a cabaret artist, Carmen Maura's career exhibits her gifts in both comedy and drama. Her first screen success was in 1977 with Fernando Colomo's TIGRES DE PAPEL. In 1980, she appeared in Pedro Almodóvar's very first project, PEPI, LUCI, BOM Y OTRAS CHICAS DEL MONTÓN - and their collaboration continued with seven more films, including the classic MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), which earned Maura the European Film Award for Best Actress (she won again for her role in Carlos Saura's AY, CARMELA!). Alex de la Iglesia's smash hit LA COMMUNIDAD is among her many recent successes.

Credited with creating the sub-genre, la comedia madrileña, director Fernando Colomo blends irony with humor. Some of his finest comedies include ALEGRE MA NON TROPPO (1994) with Penelope Cruz, and EL EFECTO MARIPOSA (1995) with Maria Barranco. His latest, AL SUR DE GRANADA, is a gorgeous adaptation of Gerald Brenan's novel The Interior Castle, an homage to Spain's Andalusia region. Colomo began producing in 1980 and is renowned for promoting the careers of emerging directors including Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE) and Iciar Bollain (HOLA, ESTAS SOLA?).

Thursday, February 26, 2004

The Thursday, February 26th program begins at 7:00 PM with MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), (1988, MGM/UA, 89 min.) directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Anarchy - sexual and political - runs riot in this Day-Glo colored comedy about a voice-over actress (Almodóvar fave Carmen Maura) desperate to get her lover back, amid Shiite terrorists, flaming beds, and some of the wildest slapstick since BRINGING UP BABY. A little gazpacho, anyone? With Antonio Banderas. Discussion following with actress Carmen Maura.

Following at 9:30 PM is SUITE HABANA, (2003, 80 min.), director Fernando Perez's lyrical, utterly unforgettable documentary portrait of modern-day Havana and its people. Transporting us into the very heart of the city, the film focuses on a cross-section of citizens: Francisco, an architect who does construction work to survive; Francisquito, his 10-year old son with Downs syndrome; Heriberto, a railroad repair man who plays saxophone; and Juan Carlos, a doctor who performs as a clown at children's birthday parties. Told almost entirely visually, with only a few lines of dialogue, SUITE HABANA brings to mind Vertov's THE MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA in its superb editing and camerawork, and its attempt to draw us into the interior lives of the subjects with great artistry and compassion. (A Spanish-Cuban co-production, SUITE HABANA was the official Cuban submission for Best Foreign Film at the 2004 Academy Awards.

Friday, February 27, 2004

The Friday, February 27th program begins at 7:00 PM with AL SUR DE GRANADA (SOUTH FROM GRANADA), (2003, 111 min.). Fernando Colomo's latest film is an adaptation of British Bloomsbury group writer Gerald Brenan's travel memoir, The Interior Castle, an homage to southern Spain's Andalusia. Backpacking in the 1920's, with 2000 books following on muleback, British writer Brenan (Matthew Goode) settles in a small town near Granada. Experiencing culture shock, Brenan falls in love with the village witch's daughter, the stunning Juliana (Veronica Sanchez) and befriends local Paco. Co-starring Antonio Resines, as the village priest who is in love with the lovely Dona Felicidad (Angela Molina). An enjoyable trip to the Andalusia of a bygone age. Winner of a Spanish Goya Award for Best Original Score. Discussion following with director Fernando Colomo.

Following at 10:00 PM is TE DOY MIS OJOS (TAKE MY EYES), (2003, 106 min.) director Iciar Bollain's (HI, ARE YOU ALONE?; FLOWERS FROM ANOTHER WORLD) third feature. This compassionate portrait of domestic violence boasts superb performances. Frightened Pilar (the outstanding new comer Laia Marull), a victim of spousal abuse, escapes with son, Juan, to her sister's house. Torn between conflicting advice from her sister and her mother (Rosa Maria Sarda) and the actions of husband, Antonio (Luis Tosar of LOS LUNES AL SOL) trying to win her back - the submissive Pilar slowly discovers her strength. With an amazing sequence of aggressive male therapy sessions filmed in Ken Loach docu style. Winner of 6 Spanish Goya Awards including Best Picture, Director, Actress (Laia Marull), Actor (Luis Tosar), Original Screenplay and Sound.

Saturday, February 28, 2004 The Saturday, February 28th program begins at 5:00 PM with TIGRES DE PAPEL, (1977, 97 min.) directed by Fernando Colomo. An era ends, a new one begins with Franco's death in 1975: three friends, Carmen (Carmen Maura), Juan (Miguel Arribas) and Alberto (Joaquín Hinojosa) experience their new sense of freedom while attending political rallies and taking drugs. TIGRES DE PAPEL became the symbol of a generation depicted for the first time on screen. The film marks two important debuts - director Fernando Colomo and actress Carmen Maura's first success on screen! Discussion following with director Fernando Colomo and actress Carmen Maura.

Following at 8:00 PM is SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA (SOLDIERS OF SALAMINA), (2003, Lola Films, 112 min.). Ariadna Gil delivers a superb performance in director David Trueba's latest, a surprisingly rich drama/historical detective story about a burnt-out young novelist researching the case of Sanchez Mazas, a Fascist sympathizer and writer who survived a mass execution in 1939 through extraordinary circumstances. SOLDADOS succeeds on many different levels: as an examination of what the Civil War means in today's Spain; as a portrait of the often torturous process of writing; and finally, as an inquiry into the nature of heroism, and what motivates one seemingly inexplicable act of mercy during wartime. A selection of Un Certain Regard at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Winner of a Spanish Goya Award for Cinematography. Discussion following with director David Trueba.

Following at 11:00 PM is MORTADELO & FILEMON: THE BIG ADVENTURE, (2003, 105 min.) directed by Javier Fesser. Moronic secret agents Mortadelo (Benito Pocino) and Filemon (Pepe Viyuela) try to recover Spain's most dangerous weapon, a Demoralizing Ray, in this hilariously mutant live-action cartoon that blends AUSTIN POWERS, The Three Stooges and PEEWEE'S BIG ADVENTURE with anarchic glee. Co-starring Dominique Pinon (DELICATESSEN) as Fredy Sledgehammer. An enormous box-office hit in Spain, based on the much-loved comic books by Francisco Ibañez. Winner of a 5 Spanish Goya Awards including Line Production, Art Direction, Editing, Make-up and Hair Design and Special Effects. Director Javier Fesser to introduce screening.

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

The Tuesday, March 2nd program begins at 7:30 PM with LA SUERTE DORMIDA (SLEEPING LUCK), (2003, 105 min.) directed by Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde. When the son of her friend dies in a mining-related accident, one-time lawyer Amparo (Adriana Ozores) unwillingly takes legal action with the authorities over compensation. Amparo's own personal family tragedy unfolds as she uncovers the mine's many violations. Screenwriter Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde's directorial debut is an excellent social drama based on a true story. Adriana Azores gives a superb performance as the emotionally complex Amparo. Winner of a Spanish Goya Award for Best First Time Director.

Friday, March 5, 2004

The Friday, March 5th program begins at 7:00 PM with LAS HORAS DEL DÍA (THE HOURS OF THE DAY), (2003, 103 min.). Director Jaime Rosales' astonishing debut feature premiered at Cannes Directors Fortnight this year and won the FIPRESCI Award (the International Federation of Film Critics Award). At first glance, there is nothing disturbing in this observation of the painfully normal existence of thirty-year-old Abel (Alex Brendemühl, one of Spain's busiest actors): Abel's routine at his clothing store, the meals with his mother and a non-eventful life with his girlfriend. Nothing prepares us for sudden turn of events that pushes the audience to the edge. Rosales, a promising director to watch. offers a chillingly naturalistic portrait of a disturbed sociopath.

Following at 9:15 PM is a Double Feature. First up is TORREMOLINOS 73, (2003, 93 min.) directed by Pablo Berger. In unholy (and very funny) marriage of Super 8 mm. porn movies and Bergman's THE SEVENTH SEAL, TORREMOLINOS 73 tells the story of sad-sack encyclopedia salesman Alfred (Javier Camara) and his innocently sexy wife Carmen (Candela Peña) in the early 70's. Their hopes for a better life and a family of their own are going nowhere - until Alfredo's boss offers him 50,000 pesetas to make home porno flicks for "The Swedish Reproductive Institute." Overnight the couple become Euro Sex Stars with their quirky little productions - but artistic success and a happy home life don't often mix, as Alfredo and Carmen find out in this engaging satire of Spain at the end of the Franco era.

Next on the same bill is DOS TIPOS DUROS (TWO TOUGH GUYS), (2003, 99 min.) directed by Juan Martinez Moreno. To repay his gambling debt to a mob boss, hitman Paco (Antonio Resines) reluctantly agrees to educate the boss' skinny 17-year old nephew (Jordi Vilches) in "the business." What appears to be a standard buddy comedy mutates along the way into a wickedly funny series of double- and triple-crosses as the pair acquire a sexy young hooker on the run, a vicious mob boss who is missing his testicles, a seemingly-helpless kidnap victim (Rosa Maria Sarda) with her own agenda, and a world of pain.

Saturday, March 6, 2004

The Saturday, March 6th program begins at 5:00 PM with Spanish Short films. A program of exciting new visions from the newest crop of Spanish cinema talent. Many of the shorts also feature actors from some of the films we have shown in past Recent Spanish Cinema programs. Films included are as follows. They will not necessarily be shown in the order listed below. Jorge Dayas' "Manipai" (11 min.). Animated short set in the land of the Maya. Two children are about to be sacrificed, but one escapes. Leon Siminiani's "Archipielago" (17 min.). The past catches up with a honeymooning couple on a gorgeous Caribbean isle. Alvaro De La Herran's "Business" (18 min.). A power struggle ensues when a new boss is installed in an office. Raul Diez's "Sr. Trapo" (12 min.). Animated Goya-award-winning short about a traveler made of cloth who cannot seem to get where he is going. Jose Acosta Salmeron's "Historia De Un Buho" (21 min.). Two people's lives change forever when they are unable to express their desires. Cibran Isasi's "Whipped" (11 min.). Gorgeous, sensuous story about a couple's intense relationship. Asier Altunda's "Topeka" (3 min.). Surreal, black comedy about men and their rams!

Following at 7:15 PM is ERES MI HEROE, (2003, 93 min.) directed by Antonio Cuadri. Manuel Lozano stars in this coming-of-age tale about a boy who learns to cope with the misery of adolescent schooldays. His father's job requires that the family move frequently and as the perpetual "new kid," young Ramón (Lozano) is constantly bullied. Set during the volatile political climate of Spain in the late-70s at the time of Franco's death and Communist uprisings, the story finds Ramón communicating with an imaginary friend, taking courageous stands at school, carrying out anti-Fascist maneuvers, and even... falling in love.

Following at 9:15 PM is a Carmen Maura Tribute Double Feature. First up is QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO? (WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?), (1984, 101 min.) directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Pill-popping housewife Carmen Maura scrubs floors all day long to support a typical Almodóvar family that includes a gay 12-year old son, a husband addicted to a suicidal German singer, and a dominatrix next-door neighbor. Jawdropping black comedy from the master of surreal melodrama, Spanish style.

Next on the same bill is AY, CARMELA!, (1990, 102 min.) directed by Carlos Saura. Carmen Maura and Andrés Pajares star as two vaudeville performers trapped behind the lines with Franco's troops during the Civil War. Like his mentor and friend Buñuel, Saura mixes razor-sharp comedy and political allegory here into a devilishly-entertaining brew. Maura's performance as the sensuous, defiant Carmela -- ultimately stronger than any of the men around her -- is one of her very best.

Sunday, March 7, 2004

The Sunday, March 7th program begins at 4:00 PM with LAS MANOS VACIAS (WHERE IS MADAME CATHERINE?), (2003, 106 min.) Marc Recha's (THE CHERRY TREE, PAU AND HIS BROTHER) latest feature, which premiered at Cannes Director Fortnight, is a surprising comic drama. A slapstick chain of events unfolds when the village eccentric, elderly Madame Catherine (Dominique Marcas) dies of a sudden heart attack amidst laughter and hard drinking. Her drunken buddy, Eric (Olivier Gourmet) steals her savings and conceals her death. Soon life transforms into a macabre comedy throughout the small Catalan village on the Spanish-French border. With Eduardo Noriega. Music by French singer Dominique A. [In French and Catalan with English subtitles.]

Following at 6:15 PM is a Fernando Colomo Tribute Double Feature. First up is ALEGRE MA NON TROPPO, (1994, 97 min.) directed by Fernando Colomo. Colomo's infectious comedic style abounds in this delightful romp starring Pere Ponce and Penélope Cruz in a world of confused sexuality and shifting relationships. Pablo (Ponce) is a fairly happy man who wants nothing more than to be a successful musician. His life is suddenly turned upside down when his boyfriend leaves him, a strange woman (Cruz) appears in his bed, and he is forced to audition before his estranged father. Featuring the great Rosa María Sardà as Pablo's mother.

Next on the same bill is BAJARSE AL MORO (GOING SOUTH SHOPPING), (1988, 93 min.) directed by Fernando Colomo. Verónica Forqué, Antonio Banderas, and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón star as a trio of sexy Madrid roommates in this box-office smash. Pot-smoking Chusa (Forqué) and her police officer boyfriend (Banderas) enlist the help of young Elena (Sánchez-Gijón) for their Morrocan drug smuggling runs, but swiftly encounter a few speed bumps - both on the road and at home! Nominated for six 1990 Goya Awards.

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

The Tuesday, March 9th program begins at 7:00 PM with EL GRAN GATO (THE GREAT GATO), (2003, 105 min.). The latest from noted Catalan director Ventura Pons (AMIC/AMAT, FOOD OF LOVE) is a loving musical tribute to the art and life of composer "Gato" Perez (1950 - 1990), an Argentinian who settled in Barcelona and almost single-handedly reinvented the rumba. Pons assembled a stellar line-up of contemporary Spanish singers and musicians - including Los Chichos, Lucrecia, Benjamin Escoriza, Luis Eduardo Aute, Moncho, Sabor de Gracia, Ojos de Brujo, Sisa, Kiko Veneno, Tonino Carotone and others - to perform their own versions of 15 of Gato's best-known songs, intercut with interviews with his wife, children and fellow composers.

Following at 9:15 PM is EL EFECTO IGUAZU (THE IGUAZU EFFECT), (2003, 89 min.) directed by Pere Joan Ventura. A powerful and unique chronicle of civil disobedience: after 1,800 telecommunications workers are sent home from Spain's state-run Telco, the unemployed middle-aged men set up a protest camp in the center of Madrid. In 2001, the "Camp of Hope" lasted for 187 days. With dignity and humor, this film documents the rituals of the camp as it becomes a true community, from the cooking and lodging, to the celebration and demonstration march. A gem of a documentary on solidarity, idealism and the harsh reality of protest.

Friday, March 12, 2004

The Friday, March 12th program begins at 7:00 PM with POLIGONO SUR (THE THREE THOUSAND), (2003, 110 min.) directed by Dominique Abel. With impassioned Flamenco music at its core, this peculiar and moving documentary depicts gypsies living on the fringes of society in southern Spain, in a neighborhood called "Tres Mil" (Three Thousand). Whether debating the fate of the local community, mourning the influence of drugs on their youth, or enjoying a family meal, the cast of charismatic outcasts often bursts spontaneously into awe-inspiring song and dance performances. A must see for lovers of flamenco!

Following at 9:30 PM is NOVIEMBRE (NOVEMBER), (2003, 104 min.) directed by Achero Mañas. Determined to change the world through acting, Alfredo (Oscar Jaenada) and his school friends start a Dogma-like street theatre group, "November," complete with a list of Ten Commandments - among them to not to perform in theatres and to not accept money. In mockumentary style, director Achero Mañas (EL BOLA) explores the idealism of youth. November's anarchic performances, shot in docu style in the streets of Madrid, are a powerful blend of surrealism and social critique. As their reputation grows, tensions rise, and their naive idealism encounters the hardships of everyday life. With Ingrid Rubio.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

The Saturday, March 13th program begins at 5:00 PM with EL MISTERIO GALINDEZ (THE GALINDEZ FILE), (2003, 126 min.) directed by Gerardo Herrero. Based on the mysterious real-life 1956 disappearance of an exiled Basque politician in New York, EL MISTERIO GALINDEZ is a complex and poignant political thriller. Student Muriel (Saffron Burrows) searches for the truth on the Galíndez case, traveling to Spain, the Dominican Republic and finally Miami, on a journey that awakens hidden forces that are not afraid to use violence. Intent on keeping the facts from the public eye, soft-spoken FBI agent Robards (Harvey Keitel) leads the clandestine network.

Following at 7:30 PM is a Double Feature. First up is LA VIDA MANCHA (LIFE MARKS), (2003, 107 min.). Director Enrique Urbizu (BOX 507) returns with this quietly devastating drama about two brothers, the woman they both love, and the difficult choices that mark them for the rest of their lives. Younger brother Fito (Juan Sanz) is a gambling-obsessed truck driver whose long-suffering wife (newcomer Zay Nuba) is about to throw in the towel on their marriage - until Fito's enigmatic half-brother Pedro (Jose Coronado) turns up after 13 years' absence. Beautifully acted, written and directed, LA VIDA MANCHA is an intimate, small-scale gem of a movie.

Next on the same bill is LA FLAQUEZA DEL BOLCHEVIQUE (THE WEAKNESS OF THE BOLSHEVIK), (2003, 95 min.) directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca. Breakout actor Luis Tosar (MONDAYS IN THE SUN, TAKE MY EYES) turns in another superb performance in this disturbing portrait of alienation and sexual obsession in the modern world. Tosar stars as a seething, dissatisfied corporate employee who absent-mindedly rear-ends another driver during morning rush-hour. When the driver sues him for injuries, he over-reacts by first harassing her, then stalking her 15-year old sister, Maria (Maria Valverde). He soon finds himself hopelessly in love with the teenaged Maria - who turns out to have a complex agenda of her own. Winner of a Spanish Goya Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Actress Maria Valverde.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

The Sunday, March 14th program begins at 4:00 PM with a Fernando Colomo Tribute screening of LOS AÑOS BARBAROS (THE STOLEN YEARS), (1998, 120 min.) directed by Fernando Colomo. Madrid, 1947: a group of student radicals paint "Long Live Free University!" on the side of their college -- and soon find themselves breaking rocks on one of Franco's chain gangs. If this sounds like heavy drama -- think again. THE STOLEN YEARS is a sexy, high-spirited road movie in the tradition of Bogdanovich's PAPER MOON, following the young dreamers as they bust out of prison and flee across Spain in a flashy red convertible. A wry, sentimental look at innocence and the hard path to experience. With one of Spain's brightest young actors, Jordi Mollá (LUCKY STAR), Ernesto Alterio, Hedy Burress and Juan Echanove.

Following at 6:30 PM is a Carmen Maura Tribute Double Feature. First up is SOMBRAS EN UNA BATALLA (SHADOWS IN A CONFLICT), (1993, 106 min.) directed by Mario Camus. Veterinarian Ana's (Carmen Maura) usual, small-town life takes a series of dramatic turns after an unexpected meeting with stranger José (Joaquim de Almeida). As their lives intertwine, José's shady past begins to reveal itself and Ana finds herself involved in some equally dangerous business. Maura delivers an excellent performance, for which she received a 1994 Goya nomination.

Next on the same bill is LA COMMUNIDAD (COMMON WEALTH), (2000, Lola Films, 106 min.) The director of DAY OF THE BEAST and DYING OF LAUGHTER, Alex de la Iglesia, returns with this nightmarish comic thriller about a tacky real estate agent, played by the fabulous Carmen Maura (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN), who discovers $15 million in lottery winnings in the apartment of a dead man. Word soon leaks out, and the greedy association of neighbors circle like vultures, desperate to get their hands on the treasure. A brilliant, gothic thrill ride of a movie, featuring Maura's best performance since WOMEN ON THE VERGE. "It could be a completely serious picture. It has moments of suspense, of terror, of action. But I can't help feeling an irresistible attraction for comedy." - Alex de la Iglesia.

All films are separate admission except those listed as Double Features which are one ticket price for both films. There is a five minute break between films on double bills.

BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS USE ONLY, UPON REQUEST. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TO publicity@americancinematheque.com WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS WHEN POSSIBLE. A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

For information in Spanish click here.

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS: * TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR REQUESTS FOR WEEKEND SCREENINGS. PLEASE INCLUDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN YOUR COVERAGE WILL APPEAR AND A DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MEDIA OUTLET.

JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A FAXED REQUEST. IF YOUR REQUEST IS ACCEPTED, YOU WILL PICK UP YOUR TICKETS THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW AT THE BOX OFFICE. Details at: http://www.americancinematheque.com/pressreleases/pressticketpolicies.htm *

Interview requests must be in writing as detailed above. In addition to the above details, please indicate if you want to do a phone or in person interview, how long the interview would last and details about the focus of your story. The Cinematheque cannot influence any of our guests to grant an interview. Your request will be forwarded to the individual or his/her representation for consideration.

THE FOLLOWING FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON TAPE, BUT DO NOT HAVE SUBTITLES:

TE DOY MIS OJOS (PAL)

ALEGRE MA NON TROPPO (PAL)

THEATRICAL ADVANCE SCREENINGS MAY BE SCHEDULED FOR THESE FILMS. SOME OF THE RETROSPECTIVE TITLES MAY BE AVAILABLE AT LOCAL VIDEO STORES. OTHER TITLES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (PAL and NTSC) WITH SUBTITLES FOR PRESS PREVIEW IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THEM. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER 323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

The following films are available for preview at the American Cinematheque Offices: SUITE HABANA

AL SUR DE GRANADA

SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA

LA SUERTE DORMIDA

LAS HORAS DEL DIA

TORREMOLINOS 73

DOS TIPOS DUROS

Recent Spanish Short Films (Compilation Tape)

ERES MI HEROE

AY, CARMELA!

LAS MANOS VACIAS

EL GRAN GATO

EL EFECTO IGUAZA

POLIGONO SUR

NOVIEMBRE

EL MISTERIO GALINDEZ

LA VIDA MANCHA

LA FLAQUEZA DEL BOLCHEVIQUE

MUJERES AL BORDE DE UN ATAQUE DE NERVIOS (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN) is available Vidiots and Cinefile

QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO? is available Vidiots and Cinefile

SOMBRAS EN UNA BATALLA is available at Vidiots

Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone. Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471) Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100) Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836) Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508) Videoactive (2522 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles - 323-669-8544)

* TICKET PRICES: $9 General; $6 Cinematheque Members. $8 Seniors (65+ years) and students with valid ID card. Must be shown at box office at time of purchase. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...

MEDIA ALERT

Interview opportunities with guests participating in the 11th Recent Spanish Cinema Series at the American Cinematheque are as follows:

WHEN:	Wednesday, February 25, 2004 | 10 AM - 12 NOON

WHERE:   Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
			
Parking validation for Prestige Parking on Las Palmas North of Hollywood Blvd. only.

WHO:		
Fernando Colomo (Director, AL SUR DE GRANADA; ALEGRE MA NON TROPPO; BAJARSE AL MORO; LOS ANOS BARBAROS)

Javier Fesser (Director, MORTADELO & FILEMON: THE BIGH ADVENTURE)

Carmen Maura (Actor, WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN; TIGRES DE PAPEL; QUE HE HECHO YO PARA MERECER ESTO?; AY, CARMELA!; SOMBRAS EN UNA BATALLA; LA COMMUNIDAD)

Carlos Saura (Director, AY, CARMELA!)

Pilar Torre, Sub-Director General, Spanish Film Institute (ICAA)

David Trueba (Director, SOLDADOS DE SALAMINA)

(Those listed above will appear subject to their availability)


INTERVIEW REQUESTS: Please fax your request on letterhead to Margot Gerber at 323.461.9737. Indicate the name(s) of all filmmakers you wish to interview. You will have 10-15 minutes with each filmmaker. You must be there at 10:00 AM. You will receive a confirmation from us in writing by fax or e-mail with further information. If you are shooting video you may wish to bring lights if you want to shoot inside the theatre. Last minute requests may not be honored if our schedule is already full. 

RECENT SPANISH CINEMA: This is the American Cinematheque's 11th Annual Recent Spanish Cinema series. The series runs February 26 - March 14 and will feature in person guests and 19 new films from Spain's most critically acclaimed filmmakers, plus up-and-coming talent. There will also be a retrospective portion of the series honoring the careers of actress Carmen Maura and director Fernando Colomo. For detailed information on screenings please call 323.466.FILM or see www.egyptiantheatre.com. Press releases in Spanish and English will be available on our website.

Presented in collaboration with the Ministerio de Educación Cultura y Deporte, SGAE, Fundación Autor, ICEX - Instituto, Español de Comercio Exterior, EGEDA, and Filmoteca Español

Contact: Margot Gerber, 323.461.2020, ext. 115.  We will not be in the office on Saturdays or Sundays.
Please let us know if you need to speak to someone in Spanish.

 

 

 

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