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New Spanish Cinema

November 5, 2009 - November 8, 2009

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The Shame, November 7

The Pacific Film Archive is pleased to screen this touring package of recent films from Spain, presented in collaboration with the New York–based arts organization Pragda. For many, “Spanish cinema” may be synonymous with Pedro Almodóvar, José Luis Guerín, or Isabel Coixet, but as this celebration makes clear, those famed talents are only the tip of the iceberg. The series features works by both veterans and newcomers, spanning soulful family drama, hard-hitting social critique, and even beautiful oil-painted animation. It includes such award-winners as Javier Fesser’s Camino, which swept the annual Goya Awards, and David Planell’s The Shame, which was the top performer at this year’s Malaga Film Festival. Mock movie trailers by Isabel Coixet and other well-known directors will be shown preceding each feature. Other special events include an online short film festival at www.pragda.com.

Jason Sanders
Associate Film Notes Writer

Thursday, November 5, 2009
6:30 p.m. Amateurs
Gabriel Velázquez (Spain, 2008). Two loners—a runaway teenage orphan and the lonely man she thinks is her father—come together, or try to. An involving portrait of loneliness on the margins, from the codirector of festival favorite Sud Express. (84 mins)

Friday, November 6, 2009
4:30 p.m. Artist’s Talk with Director David Planell - CANCELED
David Planell regrets that he must cancel his trip to the U.S. His two prizewinning short films, Ponys (2005) and Charisma (2003), will be added to the Saturday, November 7 screening of his feature The Shame.


Friday, November 6, 2009
8:30 p.m. Camino
Javier Fesser (Spain, 2009). This controversial critique of religious fanaticism in general and the Opus Dei sect in particular follows the fate of a young girl diagnosed with cancer. Awarded Best Film, Director, and Screenplay at Spain’s Goya Awards. (143 mins)

Saturday, November 7, 2009
8:30 p.m. The Shame
David Planell (Spain, 2009). A young couple find their relationship changing after they adopt an emotionally dysfunctional Peruvian boy. Winner, Best Film, Malaga Film Festival. With Planell’s prizewinning short films Ponys and Charisma. (127 mins)

Sunday, November 8, 2009
3:00 p.m. The Sound of the Sea
Miguelanxo Prado (Spain/Portugal, 2007). A drowned sailor journeys through a fantastical underwater realm to find his true love in this breathtaking animated film by an award-winning Spanish graphic novelist. (75 mins)

New Spanish Cinema is curated by Marta Sanchez and organized by Pragda. Support comes from Dirección General de Política e Industrias Culturales and Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), both of the Spanish Ministry of Culture; Tourist Office of Spain; and Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C. Additional support is provided by Dirección General de Relaciones Culturales y Científicas, Filmoteca, AECI, of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We also thank Freixenet for their cooperation and support.