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Festival of New Spanish Cinema

The irreverence and energy of Almodóvar. The risk-taking of Amenábar. The unadulterated exhilaration of Buñuel. The fourth annual FESTIVAL OF NEW SPANISH CINEMA continues to unveil the next generation of Spanish film masters. Featuring first-time filmmakers and established artists alike, this year’s program offers something for Spanish cinema lovers of all persuasions: award-winning comedies, romances, dramas, and thrillers, including a lost horror classic. For added insight, trailers and special online interviews with directors featured in the series are available at pragda.com.

Organized by Pragda and Northwest Film Center. Supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, the Consulate of Spain in San Francisco, and Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Additional support comes from Iberia Airlines, American Airlines, Eurochannel, and our exclusive wine sponsors, Martín Códax Albariño and Las Rocas Garnacha.



Fri, Sep 30, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Oct 1, 2011
at 4 PM

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WITH OR WITHOUT LOVE (UNA HORA MAS EN CANARIAS)
DIRECTOR: DAVID SERRANO
SPAIN, 2010

This fast-moving screwball musical comedy is the third feature by director (SOCCER DAYS) and scriptwriter (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BED) David Serrano. Beautiful married superbitch Claudia (Colombian star Angie Cepeda) has been dumped by her handsome lover Pablo (Quim Gutiérrez). He takes off with his new girfriend to the Canary Islands to escape Claudia’s relentless attempts to win him back, but she soon follows, aided (for a time) by her loyal (for a time) sister Monica (Juana Acosta). Pablo soon finds himself torn between three strong and manipulative women who will do whatever it takes to get what they want. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Tenerife and scored with catchy pop songs and colorfully choreographed musical numbers, the quirky, stellar cast has great fun inhabiting a breezy tropical fantasy about people who dream, sing, dance, and fall in love. (97 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 1, 2011
at 6:30 PM

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EVERY SONG IS ABOUT ME (TODAS LAS CANCIONES HABLAN DE MÍ)
DIRECTOR: JONÁS TRUEBA
SPAIN, 2010

A Woody Allen-esque romantic comedy inspired by the aesthetics of the French New Wave, EVERY SONG follows Ramiro, an immature thirty-something wannabe poet who fulfills his passion for literature in his uncle’s small bookshop. One day, his fiancée Andrea leaves him a letter which spells the end of their relationship. Trying forget her, he spends time hanging out with his friend Lucas and even gives romance another try. But he can’t help it: it’s Andrea he truly wants. Based on the somewhat clichéd premise that there are moments in life when every song seems to be talking about us, Trueba (brother of Fernando Trueba, see CHICO & RITA) paints a captivating portrait of the search for impossible happiness, the confusion of a generation haunted by music and books, and the need to find love when love has become but the topic of yet another indie pop song. (104 mins.)

Best Director and Best Actor nominee, Goya Awards.


With community support from Tierra Educational Center.


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Sat, Oct 1, 2011
at 9 PM

Mon, Oct 3, 2011
at 7 PM

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KIDNAPPED (SECUESTRADOS)
DIRECTOR: MIGUEL ÁNGEL VIVAS
SPAIN, 2010

In recent years, Europe has imported a wave of Latin American-style home robberies and abductions known as “express kidnaps.” Often, the families are home when kidnapped and brutally forced to quickly come up with as much money as possible. KIDNAPPED portrays one such attack, in which Jaime, Marta, and their daughter Isabel, on their first night in their luxurious new house near Madrid, are confronted by three hooded men intent on a payday. A taut, grittily realistic thriller shot in fewer than a dozen long and intricately choreographed sequences, KIDNAPPED creates a tense, hyper-real rendering of the home invasion experience. With a restless, roving camera and carefully restrained editing, Vivas captures the action with gripping immediacy, pulling the audience into the room with the family to share their mounting terror. Though the plot has been done many times, fresh directing style, rich characters, and unrelenting gruesome detail make for a superbly terrifying horror movie. “One of the toughest horror flicks I’ve ever sat through. In a restricted, technical sense of the term, it is a masterpiece. But don’t come crying to me if you can’t sleep afterwards.”—Andrew O’Hehir, Salon. (85 mins.)

Best Horror Film, Austin Fantastic Fest.


SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (¿QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO?) - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 10:45 PM)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sat, Oct 1, 2011
at 10:45 PM

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WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (¿QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO?)
DIRECTOR: NARCISO IBÁÑEZ SERRADOR
SPAIN, 1976

Once available only on poor VHS copies circulated among aficionados, this legendary, taboo-breaking horror classic’s disturbing imagery helped keep it out of easy public viewing. A Hitchcockian thriller with salutes to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and LORD OF THE FLIES, it tells the tale of a British couple who take a holiday to a small Spanish island—an island apparently devoid of adults but inhabited by some very unnerving children who have long stopped being fans of adults. “Comparable in tone to Nicolas Roeg’s DON’T LOOK NOW. The closing ten minutes come from a different era in filmmaking, when horror movies could spit in the eye of the status quo and say that good does not always prevail, no matter how much we’d like it to.”—Slant Magazine. (112 mins.)

SINGLE OR DOUBLE FEATURE (Double feature with KIDNAPPED (SECUESTRADOS) - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9 PM)

Double features cost an additional $3 to stay for both films. To purchase an advanced ticket for the double feature, be sure to select the DOUBLE FEATURE rather than the single ticket.


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Sun, Oct 2, 2011
at 4:30 PM

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80 DAYS (80 EGUNEAN)
DIRECTOR: JOSÉ MARÍA GOENAGA, JON GARAÑO
SPAIN, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—Basque directors Jon Garaño and José María Goenaga’s warm, humorous story of illicit desire poses one simple question: if you had to choose, would you follow your mind or your heart? Forbidden by society to develop their budding passion, childhood girlfriends Axun (Itziar Aizpuru) and Maite (Mariasun Pagoaga) were forced to embark on very different paths in life. When Axun returns to San Sebastian 50 years later, the women are reunited and given another chance to explore the unrequited love they shared years ago. But as Axun and Maite rekindle their passion, they must now confront not just society, but the lives they have created and the women they have become. With stirring performances by Aizpuru and Pagoaga, whose onscreen chemistry brings this love story to life, 80 DAYS stirs confrontation with the passions that lay buried within and those that we have cultivated without. “Fresh, spontaneous, and with a huge ability to move the audience.”—Fotogramas. (105 mins.)

Director José María Goenaga in attendance.


Co-presented with the Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, September 30-October 8.

After the film, join us for a complimentary reception with director José María Goenaga.


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Sun, Oct 2, 2011
at 7 PM

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THE GREAT VAZQUEZ (EL GRAN VAZQUEZ)
DIRECTOR: ÓSCAR AIBAR
SPAIN, 2010

This madcap, amorally funny biopic dramatizes the life of the influential Spanish cartoonist Manuel Vázquez Gallego. In 1960s Barcelona, it’s springtime and Gallego is having a ball. His characters (the Gilda Sisters, Anacleto, the Scallion Family) are a huge success in the comics published by Bruguera. As Spain’s top cartoonist, Gallego gets what he wants when he wants while paying nothing, artfully dodging anyone he owes money, tricking and cheating his bosses, and marrying with abandon. That is, until a dull accountant at his publishing house decides it’s time for him to toe the line like everyone else. With a cigarette permanently dangling from his lip, Santiago Segura, better known for being the director and star of the successful saga TORRENTE, plays, with rascally energy, an artist with the middle name of compulsion. “A delightful mixture of genial period comedy mixed with comic strip characters bouncing out of the screen ... a rich piece of comic entertainment driven by an engaging lead performance by Santiago Segura.”—Screen Daily. (106 mins.)

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Wed, Oct 5, 2011
at 7 PM

Sat, Oct 8, 2011
at 4:15 PM

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HALF OF ÓSCAR (LA MITAD DE ÓSCAR)
DIRECTOR: MANUEL MARTÍN CUENCA
SPAIN/CUBA, 2010

“Óscar works as a security guard at a semi-abandoned salt mine, his days rarely straying from a very ordered and methodical routine. When his aging grandfather takes a turn for the worse and needs to be transferred from a home to the hospital, Óscar’s life is turned upside down. His sister María, whom he has not seen or heard from in two years, arrives pregnant and with a new boyfriend. It’s a reunion filled with palpable tension between the siblings, who share a secret that María, with a child on the way and no desire to stir up the past, makes clear that she does not want to talk about. Strikingly shot in Almería, Spain’s southern province of Andalucia, HALF OF ÓSCAR explores the tumultuous depths of the human soul. Mountains, wind, and sea all conspire to contain this story of familial taboos and impossible loves.”—Miami Film Festival. “A filmmaker at his best. A definitive proof of maturity, artistic growth, and the confirmation of a personal style.”—El País, Madrid. (89 mins.)

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Sat, Oct 15, 2011
at 4:30 PM

Sun, Oct 16, 2011
at 7 PM

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LOVESTORMING (NO CONTROLES)
DIRECTOR: BORJA COBEAGA
SPAIN, 2010

Short film Oscar nominee Borja Cobeaga’s (ONE TOO MANY) Spanish box office hit is a fast-paced, laugh-filled comedy starring sexy star Unax Ugalde in the Spanish take on THE HANGOVER. With all flights canceled after the heaviest snowfall in three decades, Sergio is stranded in a roadside hotel on New Year’s Eve with an annoying and histrionic old schoolmate, Juancarlitros. Undeterred by his situation, wannabe comedian Juancarlitros organizes a party at the hotel for his fellow stranded passengers, including Sergio’s ex-girlfriend. Propelled by his friend’s persistence and assisted by an eccentric team of strangers, Sergio attempts to win back his ex-girlfriend in the countdown to dawn, when flights will resume. Romance and rambunctiousness sit cheerfully hand-in-hand in helmer/co-screenwriter Borja Cobeaga’s engaging sophomore comedy. Crowd-pleasing mirth and melancholy in roughly equal measure.”—Variety. (96 mins.)

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Sun, Oct 23, 2011
at 5 PM

CHICO & RITA
DIRECTOR: JAVIER MARISCAL, FERNANDO TRUEBA
SPAIN/GREAT BRITAIN, 2010

Vibrant animation, passionate Latin storytelling, and music from the greatest period of creativity in Cuban-American jazz meld to chronicle the musical romance between Chico, a handsome piano player, and the beautiful Rita, an enchanting singer in 1948 Havana. Naturally, Rita is so attracted to the suave Chico that she will have nothing to do with him—until she hears him play at the swanky Tropicana Club and her resistance is swept away. But Chico and Rita’s love affair sparks heartache and longing across the decades, as rum-soaked evenings lead to drastic decisions for the star-crossed pair, traversing the glamorous jazz clubs of New York City, Paris, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. With animation design by Barcelona artists Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando and music orchestrated by Cuban pianist, bandleader, and composer Bebo Valdés, the film also features spirited re-recordings of standards by Nat King Cole, Charlie Parker, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gillespie, and more, from a range of contemporary singers such as Idania Valdés, Carlos Sarduy, Horacio Hernández, Rolando Luna, Germán Velazco, and Jorge Reyes. (90 mins.)

With community support from Miracle Theatre Group and ASIFA Portland.


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Sun, Oct 23, 2011
at 7:15 PM

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BICYCLE, SPOON, APPLE (BICICLETA, CULLERA, POMA)
DIRECTOR: CARLES BOSCH
SPAIN, 2010

As both the former mayor of Barcelona and former president of Catalonia, Pasqual Maragall has been a popular leader to the people of Spain. In 2007, this charismatic public figure was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. BICYCLE, SPOON, APPLE is an up close and personal account of his decision to go public with this revelation, his steadfast determination to beat the disease, and the strength and support of his family (including his optimistic wife Diana Garrigosa) during his struggle to fight it. Following Maragall for two years, Bosch (BALSEROS) creates an intimate portrait of the man and his family, expanding his focus to doctors and scientists for a more complete picture of Alzheimer’s, its myths, and the current state of research. The title comes from three words used to test patients’ memories, which, in one of the film’s more affecting scenes, cause the stoic Maragall to crumble when he struggles to recall them. By bringing us so deep into the life of an Alzheimer’s sufferer, Bosch demystifies the disease, resulting in a documentary that’s sure to leave viewers forever changed. (105 mins.)

Winner, Best Documentary, Goya Awards.


Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association – Oregon Chapter.


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