October 16-19, 2014
Los Angeles, CA
Opening Night Gala
Writer / Director
Carmina y Amén (2014)
Elvira Cano, Tomas
"Living Is Easy With Your Eyes Closed"(2013)
"Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados"
Carmina y amén
Rafael, a Seville citizen who has never left the Spanish region of Andalucia, decides to leave his homeland to follow Amaia, a Basque girl unlike other women he has known.
Director:Emilio Martínez Lázaro
The 20 minutes shortfilm SEQUENCE, winner of The Newfilmmakers from Spain short Film contest will screen before the feature. SEQUENCE WINNER 2014 NEW FILMMAKERS FROM SPAIN. 2013, 20 minutes by Carles Torrens. A man wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before.
Since 1994, the Recent Spanish Cinema Series has been presenting the most outstanding current Spanish films. The Series is a Seventh Art showcase of Spain's top cinema personalities, who have contributed significantly to putting "Made in Spain" productions in the vanguard of international filmmaking.
Talents like Carmen Maura, Álex de la Iglesia, Bigas Luna, Fernando Trueba, Vicente Aranda, Javier Fesser, and Fernando León de Aranoa, among others, have attended this event and left their personal stamp on the Recent Spanish Cinema Series. Each year, more long-standing celebrities as well as up-and-coming artists in Spanish cinema are adding their names to the list of participants. They tell us about their experiences in films in the Series at the Q&A sessions for the attending audiences.
The Recent Spanish Cinema Series is an initiative of the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), a branch of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport devoted to preserving, fostering, and promoting the Spanish filmmaking and audiovisual sectors, with American Cinematheque, a non-profit cultural organization in the heart of Hollywood dedicated to public presentation of films of yesterday and today beyond the scope of the big, mainstream productions and EGEDA, the Spanish Audiovisual Producers' Rights Management Association. EGEDA's Los Angeles branch office coordinates and supervises the Series to ensure its ongoing success year after year.
In the 1990s, American Cinematheque acquired the landmark Egyptian Theatre for the symbolic price of 1 dollar with a commitment to restore and re-open it to the public. This historic venue, built in 1922 on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame, serves as the setting each year for multiple projections of Spanish filmmakers. Since 2005, Spanish films have also been hosted in the Aero Theatre, a classic cinema in the coastal city of Santa Monica.
The Recent Spanish Cinema Series is a great annual opportunity in the LA-area, and a unique one for West Coast film fans, to see the USA debut of numerous top Spanish-produced films.
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