In its fifth consecutive year, the Festival of New Spanish Cinema consolidates itself as the most important itinerant festival of contemporary Spanish Cinema in North America. Once again, the festival will screen some of the riskiest and most innovative Spanish films of the year.
The festival opens on March 6 with Paco León’s CARMINA OR BLOW UP, the popular phenomenon that has been winning over audiences since its release. Other films selected include David Trueba’s MADRID, 1987, a sensual and intelligent encounter between two very different generations; Gabriel Velázquez’s ICEBERG, an insightful study of adolescence; WILAYA, a window into the lives of a Sahrawi family living in a Saharan refugee camp, directed by Pedro Pérez Rosado; THE DOUBLE STEPS, Isaki Lacuesta’s gorgeously shot award-winning film; and SLEEP TIGHT, the latest chiller by mastermind of suspense Jaume Balagueró.
CARMINA OR BLOW UP
(CARMINA O REVIENTA)
2012, Paco León, Spain, 71 min.
Comedy star León makes his directing debut with this unique film that has become a popular phenomenon in Spain. The subject is Carmina Barrios, played by the director’s mother and greatly resembling her, although the film plays slyly with the distinction between fact and fiction. Owner of a bar in Sevilla, saddled with a shiftless husband and a mountain of debts, she holds court in her kitchen, reminiscing and philosophizing as she tries to deal with a disastrous robbery of 80 hams. Compared by critics to a character out of Almodóvar, Carmina is funny, raunchy, outrageous, and never less than fascinating. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP video. (MR)
Wed, Mar 6th at 6:30pm
Sat, Mar 9th at 5:15pm