Archive | July 2013

Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003)

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Directed by Iciar Bollaín

Written by Iciar Bollaín and Alicia Luna

Starring: Laia Marull, Luis Tosar, Candela Peña

I’ll change. I swear I will”. These are some of the promising words that Antonio (an amazing Luis Tosar) utters to his wife Pilar (Laia Marull) in the film “Te doy mis ojos” just a few days after she escapes from home with her son. Pilar is one among thousands of victims of domestic violence in Spain. But in spite of fearing for her life Read More…

Los Jueves, Milagro (Miracles of Thursday, 1957)

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Directed by Luis García Berlanga

Written by Luis García Berlanga and José Luis Colina

Starring: Richard Basehart, Pepe Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez, Manuel Alexandre.

There wasn’t much room for artistic freedom during the almost four decades (1939 – 1975) when General Francisco Franco exerted his power in Spain. Due to the Catholic Church’s censorship practices, Spanish audiences were deprived from enjoying Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara’s passionate kiss in “Gone with the Wind”. Hundreds of Read More…

La Caja 507 (Box 507, 2002)

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Directed by Enrique Urbizu

Written by Enrique Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide

Starring: José Coronado, Antonio Resines, Goya Toledo, Dafne Fernández, Sancho Gracia.

Costa del Sol, Spain. Locals, tourists, ex-pats and millionaires live side by side. Modesto works as a bank manager in a nameless town. Seven years earlier, his sixteen-year-old daughter died in a fire, an event that turned Modesto and his wife into a sad and joyless couple. But when a gang of robbers break into the bank Read More…

El Cochecito (The Little Coach, 1960)

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Directed by Marco Ferreri

Written by Marco Ferreri and Rafael Azcona

Starring: José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez, Chus Lampreave, María Isbert

“El Cochecito” is often referred to as a “Spanish classic”. It was scripted by the talented Rafael Azcona, author of many other emblematic stories such as “El Verdugo”, “El Pisito” or the Oscar-winning “Belle Epoque”. Azcona’s scripts were powerful and often hid strong criticism behind their sharp comic tone. “El Cochecito” Read More…