Our ever-popular series Spanish Cinema Now, which has run annually at the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 1992, makes its return this weekend! In addition to a 10-film tribute to Luis Garcia Berlanga, one of Spain’s greatest directors, Spanish Cinema Now will include an impressive selection of new features from some of Spain’s top burgeoning talents.
The program gets underway Friday at 6:15pm with the Opening Night screening of Nacho Vigolondo’s Extraterrestrial, the smart and highly-anticipated followup to his acclaimed debut feature Timecrimes. This take on the alien invasion movie follows a man and a woman who wake up from an awkward late-night tryst to discover Madrid dotted with spaceships. Also playing Friday at 9:15pm is Don’t Be Afraid, Montxo Armendáriz’s nuanced and arresting portrayal of an incestuous relationship between a father and daughter.
Saturday leads off with Jonas Trubea’s charming romantic comedy debut Every Song Talks About Me, to be followed by a special Q&A with the director. Following that, we will screen the latest installment in the most successful series in Spanish film history, Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis. Featuring a Q&A with director/actor Santiago Segura, this film will play at 8:45pm.
Rounding out the weekend, Sunday brings two more films followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. At 4:45pm, director Mireia Ros will screen and discuss Barcelona Before, his curious personal portrait of the 20th century and the Golden Years before the Civil War. Then at 7pm, we will host Director Sanchez Arevalo and actor Quim Gutierrez in a discussion of their film Cousinhood, a terrific guy movie with heart that skillful dissects competing ideas of Spanish manhood.
Through the week, we will continue our highlighting of new features, including a 6:10pm Wednesday night screening of Jose y Pilar, an affectionate portrait of Portugal’s Nobel Prize–winning writer José Saramago. And on Thursday at 7pm we’ll screen Double Steps, the story of the remarkable artist François Augiéras, with director Isaki Lacuesta, screenwriter Isa Campo, and producer Luisa Matienzo in attendance!
For more info on the films, tickets, showtimes, and special events and in person appearances, check out the Spanish Cinema Now series page.