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Social realism in Spanish cinema: Fernando León de Aranoa

This article was originally published on Issue number 2 of literary magazine Thi Wurd.

No me importa que al morir no haya otra vida,

lo que me preocuparía es que si hubiera otra fuera igual que esta”

Well, the worst thing wouldn’t be if there was nothing after death.

The worst thing would be if there was another life, just like this one

Princesas (2005)


Written by Raquel Martínez

When thinking about contemporary Spanish cinema, one name usually springs to mind: the highly talented and internationally celebrated director Pedro Almodóvar. However, to what extent does his cinema depict Spanish life and culture? Although not everyone outside Spain is aware of it, a more realistic film tradition has existed there since the early 1950s. It was born under the influence of Italian Neorealism and was mainly represented by the great directors Luis García Berlanga and Juan Antonio Bardem (uncle of actor Javier Bardem) in films such as Welcome Mr. Marshall (1953) and Death of a Cyclist (1955). Many more followed; those who continued capturing the complex socio-political situation of a confused country and its people during the post-war era and the subsequent decades until Franco’s death in 1975. Read More…

Te Doy Mis Ojos (Take My Eyes, 2003)

Te doy mis ojos

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…