Friday, December 7, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 6:54 PM

It is official, Spanish Cinema Now turns 21 this year and there are many reasons to celebrate. As one of the Film Society’s longest-running and most popular programs, the festival brings to New York the best from the past year in new Spanish cinema, including the gorgeously shot, B&W silent film Blancanieves, Spain’s official Foreign Language Oscar submission; Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia (Sons of the Clouds), the latest from Javier Bardem; De tu ventana a la mía (Chrysalis); Fin (The End) and Los Pelayos (Winning Streak), just to name a few. Added to the festival is ShortMetraje, a diverse selection of shorts that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To top it all, Spanish Cinema Now includes a special sidebar program devoted to the surrealist master Luis Buñuel.


* Blancanieves (2012) Opening Night!
Director: Pablo Berger

An extraordinary re-reading of the classic Grimm Brothers tale as a lush silent melodrama, complete with a wicked stepmother and a traveling troupe of bullfighting dwarves. 
Friday, December 7 at 6:30pm. Director Pablo Berger in person!

Sons of the Clouds (Hijos de las nubes, la última colonia) (2012) 110m. Closing night! 
Director: Alvaro Longoria

Academy Award-winning actor Javier Bardem takes us on a journey to the Western Sahara, where the Sahawai people wait for permission to return to their ancestral lands.
Sunday, December 16 at 8:00pm

Animals (2011) Director: Marçal Forés
Pol is a seemingly normal teenager with a family, homework, and a stuffed bear who speaks English named Deerhoof; all is well until he starts to get drawn into the dark world of a new classmate.
Sunday, December 9 at 8:45pm

The Body (El cuerpo) (2012)
Director: Oriol Paulo
When the body of a murdered woman disappears from the morgue, an unlikely partnership develops between a police inspector and the victim’s husband.
Saturday, December 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 14 at 4:00pm

Carmina or Blow Up (Carmina o revienta) (2012)
Director: Paco León
Parly a hilarious picaresque comedy, partly a love letter to his mother, Paco León’s impressive debut establishes its young director as a real talent to watch.
Sunday, December 16 at 4:00pm

Chrysalis (De tu ventana a la mía) (2011)
Director: Paula Ortiz

The wonderful Maribel Verdu co-stars in this chronicle of three generations of women each trying to control their own destinies against the background of a rapidly changing Spain.
Friday, December 7 at 2:00pm
Sunday, December 9 at 4:00pm
Director Paula Ortiz in person at Sunday, December 9 screening!

The Cold Call (A puerta fría) (2012)
Director: Xavi Puebla
Forced to get a new contract signed or else lose his job, a businessman prepares for a meeting at a trade fair with a big American magnate (Nick Nolte).
Friday, December 7 at 4:15pm
Sunday, December 16 at 5:45pm

Dream and Silence (Sueño y silencio) (2012)
Director: Jaime Rosales
One of Spain’s most provocative filmmakers, Rosales (La soledad, Bullet in the Head) offers an unsettling tale of a man who, following her death in a car accident while he was driving, forgets he ever had a daughter.
Thursday, December 13 at 8:30pm

The End (Fin) (2012)
Director: Jorge Torregrosso

An already tension-filled reunion among old friends turns terrifying when it seems as if some inexplicable, apocalyptic catastrophe has taken over the planet.
Saturday, December 8 at 5:30pm
Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00pm
Director Jorge Torregrosso in person at Saturday, December 8 screening!

Frozen Silence (Silencio en la nieve) (2012) 114m
Director: Gerardo Herrero
A group of Spaniards in the notorious "Blue Division"--both volunteers and conscripts sent by Franco to fight alongside the Germans on the Russian front--fear they have a serial killer in their midst.
Friday, December 7 at 9:00pm

Ghost Graduation (Promoción Fantasma) (2012)
Director: Javier Ruiz Caldera
Teacher and psychic Modesto (Raul Arevalo) gets a new assignment: to help a group of teenage ghosts graduate from the high school they’ve been haunting.
Friday, December 14 at 8:15pm

Iceberg (2012)
Director: Gabriel Velázquez

Beautifully shot in Salamanca, this deceptively tranquil look at three teenagers who try to drop out from the world masks the enormous tensions and contradictory emotions lurking just below the surface.
Tuesday, December 11 at 8:15pm

Orange Honey (Miel de naranjas) (2012)
Director: Imanol Uribe
Stationed in his girlfriend’s hometown, a young solider in ‘50s Spain discovers the brutal truth of the Franco regime.
Wednesday, December 12 at 3:00pm
Saturday, December 15 at 7:30pm

Painless (Insensibles) (2012) 100m
Director: Juan Carlos Medina
A taut, provocative thriller that spirals between the Thirties and the present as it recounts the terrible story of a Civil-War era clinic and its experiments with children naturally immune to pain.
Friday, December 15 at 2:00pm
Saturday, December 15 at 9:45pm

The Sleeping Voice (La voz dormida) (2011)
Director: Benito Zembrano
Dulce Chacon’s bestselling novel about female prisoners in the early years of the Franco regime is brilliantly adapted to the screen
Sunday, December 9 at 6:15pm
Thursday, December 13 at 3:45pm
Director Benito Zembrano in person at Sunday, December 9 screening!

Wilaya (2012) 97m
Director: Pedro Pérez Rosado
After living for years in Spain, a young woman is forced to rejoin her family in a massive refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Thursday, December 13 at 1:30pm
Sunday, December 16 at 12:00pm

Wrinkles (Arrugas) (2011)
Director: Ignacio Ferrera
A beautifully animated tale of resistance, friendship and life set among the inhabitants of an elderly care facility.
Sunday, December 16 at 2:00pm

RETROSPECTIVA DE LUIS BUñUEL as director, producer and screenwriter.

The Daughter of Juan Simon (La hija de Juan Simón) (1935)
Director: Jose Luis Saenz de Heredia
A shameless melodrama about betrayal and redemption made even more outrageous under producer Buñuel’s surreal eye. With Carmen Amaya.
Tuesday, December 11 at 6:15pm

Don Quintin the Bitter (Don Quintín el amargao) (1935)
Director: Luis Marquina
Buñuel served as producer and uncredited screenwriter for this tale of a cuckolded businessman who, on his deathbed, meets the child he abandoned years before.
Thursday, December 13 at 6:30pm

Land Without Bread (Las Hurdes) (1933)
Director: Luis Buñuel
screening with
España 1936. (1937) 35m
Director: Jean-Paul Le Chanois
Two documentaries, the first a remarkable portrait of one of the poorest regions of Spain, the second an early chronicle of the Civil War produced and scripted by Buñuel.
Sunday, December 9 at 12:00pm
Director of the Filmoteca Nacional of Spain, Jose Maria Prado in person!

Tristana (1969)
Director: Luis Buñuel
Given charge of a young orphan, Don Lope eventually turns her into his lover in this beautiful meditation on guilt and forgiveness. With Catherine Deneuve and Fernando Rey.
Saturday, December 15 at 5:30pm

Viridiana (1961) (foto)
Director: Luis Buñuel
One of Bunuel’s unquestionable masterpieces, the story of a young woman’s attempt to create a kingdom of virtue among the poor and desperate. With Silvia Pinal.
Friday, December 14 at 6:15pm

December 11-14 at 6:00 PM > 211 E. 49TH Street

SPEAKING OF Buñuel (A PROPÓSITO DE Buñuel). Documentary
Director: Javier Rioyo
(In Spanish with English subtitles)
The most complete documentary ever made about the life and work of Luis Buñuel. With the participation of Michelle Piccoli, Jean Rochefort, Ángela Molina, Jean-Claude Carrière, Carlos Fuentes & Paco Rabal, among others.
Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00pm 

Lecture & Screening
Las Hurdes is a documentary by Buñuel that completely changed the genre. Javier Herrera, one of the top experts in Buñuel´s first films, will talk about the true story of the genesis, the release and the problems that arose during the creation of this masterpiece. In Spanish with simultaneous translation.  The screening will include rare home films of Buñuel´s family.
Wednesday, December 12 at 6:00pm

Director: Luis Buñuel
A jazz musician seeks refuge from a lynch mob on a remote island, where he meets a hostile game warden and the young object of his attentions.
(In English with Spanish subtitles)
Thursday, December 13 at 6:00 pm

Director: Luis Buñuel
On 30 September 1659, the aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe's ship sinks and he miraculously survives on a deserted island somewhere in South America.
(In Spanish with English subtitles)
Friday, December 14 at 6:00 pm
SPANISH CINEMA NOW 2012 > Diciembre 7 al 14 > Walter Reade Theater > Lincoln Center > Spanish.

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