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José y Pilar

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José y Pilar
Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, 2011
Spain | 125 minutes

Co-produced by Pedro and Agustín Almodóvar together with Fernando Meirelles, this affectionate portrait of Portugal’s Nobel Prize winner José Saramago reveals the struggle between the very private man and the world-famous artist. A modestly successful writer at home, he became an international literary giant through the prodding of his Spanish wife, Pilar del Rio. According to Saramago, “I have ideas for novels, and Pilar has ideas for life.” The film captures the media whirlwind that surrounds the Saramagos after the prize, as well as the quiet, tender moments the couple shared as his health began to fail.

Series: Spanish Cinema Now

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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