Film Festivals

Película Pelikula: 2012 Spanish Film Festival

Película Pelikula, the 11th Spanish Film Festival is happening on October 4 to 14 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas in Makati City. The festival will screen 18 recent and awarded Spanish and Latin American Films. Ticket price at Php65.

FILMS

Arrugas (Wrinkles) (2012)

Director: Ignacio Ferreras

Emilio enters a home for the elderly where he is to live out the rest of his life riddled with Alzheimer’s Disease. He meets a new friend in the person of Miguel who, together with the other patients, help Emilio avoid being sent to the ward for terminal cases.

After (2009)

Director: Alberto Rodríguez

Cast: Guillermo Toledo, Tristán Ulloa, Blanca Romero

Manuel, Ana and Julio were good friends for most of their adolescent life but have not seen each other since then. One summer night, they accidentally meet again and from then on give in to total abandon as they try to escape from the reality of their own lives if only to be back in the days when being an adult was still just a fantasy waiting to happen.

Donde el olor del mar no llega (Far from the Smell of the Sea) (2010)

Director: Lilian Rosado González

Cast: Nuria Herrero, Coima Valdés, Sergi Caballero, Alfred Pico

This film tells the story of a band of dreamers who seems to be oblivious to the harsh reality of the society viewing them as “losers” and who, instead, only care about their own dreams. The film tells the story of women living complicated lives which, according to the author, “reeks of bad odor” precisely because of the ill feelings of the characters.

Dos hermanos (Two Siblings) (2010)

Director: Daniel Burman

Cast: Antonio Gasalla, Graciela Borges, Elena Lucena, Rita Cortese

Marcos and Susana, two siblings in their sixties, are forced to live together after the death of their mother. Comedic situations arise when Susana, a businesswoman with a strong personality, and Marcos, a goldsmith with an artistic soul, end up buying a house together in a small village in Uruguay.

Grupo 7 (Unit 7) (2012)

Director: Alberto Rodríguez

Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Marios Casas, Joaquín Nuñez

Angel, Rafael, Miguel and Mateo make up Unit 7, a police force created to combat drug trafficking networks in Seville in the eighties. Miguel’s compassionate nature sets him apart from the other three who are open to do whatever it takes to achieve their desired end. As they go through a string of successes, the members of Unit 7 find themselves changing as their personalities and principles take a turn for the worse.

Hollywood Talkies (2011)

Director: Óscar Pérez, Mia de Ribot

This documentary brings to life the past when a handful of young Spanish actors who traveled to the United States in the 1930s to star in the Spanish versions of Hollywood films. After a string of successes, the arrival of dubbing in the movie industry eventually condemns these young men to obscurity as they find themselves no longer needed.

Jacques Leonard, el payo chac (Jacques Leonard, Chac the White Guy) (2011)

Director: Yago Leonard

Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Marios Casas, Joaquín Nuñez

This documentary tells the fascinating life of Jacques Leonard, a multifaceted French photographer who established himself as a photographer in Barcelona in the early XX century and died in the Spanish town of Girona in 1995. Yago Leonard, director of the movie and grandson of the protagonist, retrieves some of the forgotten pictures of the gipsy people his grandfather took all over the world and, in the process, explores the exciting life of this man who never once shared with the young grandson about himself.

Katmandú un espejo en el cielo (Katmandu, a Mirror in the Sky) (2012)

Director: Icíar Bollaín

Cast: Verónica Echegui, Sumyata Battarai, Norbu tsering Gurung

Laia, a young Spanish teacher, travels to Katmandu as a volunteer in a school during the nineties. She gets frustrated as she soon realizes she cannot change the extreme poverty of Nepal all by herself. After she gets married to one of the locals to be able to extend her stay, one of her Nepalese friends helps her gain access into the depths of Nepalese society and, in the process, into the depth of her own identity.

La chispa de la vida (The Spark of Life) (2011)

Director: Álex de la Iglesia

Cast: José Mota, Salma Hayek, Fernando Tejero, Juan Luis Galiardo

Roberto is a former employee of an ad agency whose highlight of his career was the slogan: “Coca Cola, the spark of life”. While on a trip, he finds himself all of a sudden trapped under an iron bar and no one around the vicinity knew how to help him. When finally his predicament starts to call the attention of the media, he decides to take advantage of his unfortunate predicament.

Lo mejor de Eva (Dark Impulse) (2011)

Director: Mariano Barroso

Cast: Leonor Watling, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Nathalie Poza

Eva, a young and idealistic judge dedicated to her profession, has been instructed to handle the case of a murdered stripper. Her orderly existence starts to teeter when she meets Rocco, who is one of the witnesses and was the boyfriend of the victim. His strong charm awakens her hidden instincts, even if she tries to silence them.

Madrid, 1987 (2011)

Director: David Trueba

Cast: José Sacristán, María Valverde

The story takes place inside the bathroom of a friend’s flat in Madrid in 1987 where Miguel, an old cynical journalist, and Ángela, a student who admires him, get accidentally locked in. Through their conversations full of sexual tension, they discover each other and the deep rift between their visions of the world.

Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight) (2011)

Director: Jaime Balagueró

Cast: Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan, Petra Martínez, Carlos Lasarte

César, a lonely concierge in an apartment complex, loves his job because it allows him to know the neighbours’ secrets and to use this information to secretly make them as miserable as himself. Currently, his new obsession is the new tenant who never seems to leave her apartment without a smile.

No habrá paz para los malvados (No Rest for the Wicked) (2011)

Director: Enrique Urbizu

Cast: José Coronado, Rodolfo Sancho, Helena Miquel, Pedro María Ontiveros, Nadia Casado

The film follows the story of burnt-out cop Santos Trinidad who finds himself entangled in a triple murder case. In an attempt to clear out his name, he goes after an escaped witness who could potentially incriminate him. As he does so, he soon discovers that what he thought was a simple drug case will soon unfold to tell the tale of a planned terrorist attack in the Spanish capital.

Pan negro (Black Bread) (2010)

Director: Agustí Villaronga

Cast: Francesc Colomer, Nora Navas, Roger Casamajor

Andreu, an offspring of Republican parents during the post-war era, discovers the bodies of a father and son in a rural zone in Cataloña. The authorities start to put the blame on his father and so, to avoid his father being incriminated in the murders, Andreu sets out to find the real killers for himself. In the process, he soon discovers a side of him much darker than he ever expected.

Un cuento chino (A Chinese Tall Tale) (2011)

Director: Sebastián Borensztein

Cast: Ricardo Darín, Huang Sheng Huang, Muriel Santa Ana, Enric Rodríguez, Iván Romanelli

The film follows the story of burnt-out cop Santos Trinidad who finds himself entangled in a triple murder case. In an attempt to clear out his name, he goes after an escaped witness who could potentially incriminate him. As he does so, he soon discovers that what he thought was a simple drug case will soon unfold to tell the tale of a planned terrorist attack in the Spanish capital.

5 metros cuadrados (5 Square Meters) (2011)

Director: Max Lemcke

Cast: Fernando Tejero, Malena Alterio, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Alex and Virginia spend their lifetime savings to pay the deposit for their new apartment in the outskirts of a big city. When the time to move in approaches, the builder decides to stop the construction of the house. Alex’s life becomes a hell, but he refuses to surrender.

18 comidas (18 meals) (2010)

Director: Jorge Coira

Cast: Antonio Mourelos, Camila Bossa, Cristina Brondo, Esperanza Pedreño, Luis Tosar, María Vázquez, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Mario Zorrilla

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common among the lives of two drunkards, a teenage mother bored out of her wits, two men secretly in love with each other, a woman caught up in a labyrinth that is her love life, and the young men that make up an orchestra, that is, until they find their stories crossing each other’s paths in this original drama comedy film.

80 egunean (En 80 días) (In Eighty Days) (2010)

Director: José María Goenaga, Jon Garaño

Cast: Itziar Aizpuru, Mariasun Pagoaga, José Ramón Argoitia

Axun and Maite, two 70 year old women who used to be very good friends as teenagers, accidentally meet again in a hospital. Their friendship lights up again as it did 50 years before, but Axun faces a dilemna when she discovers Maite is lesbian.

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