1999, Sony Pictures Classics, 101 min, Dir: Pedro Almodóvar

The night a car ran over her son Esteban (Eloy Azorín), Manuela (Cecilia Roth) read the last lines written in a notebook that he always kept by his side; they were about the father he had never met. In memory of her son, Manuela leaves Madrid and goes to Barcelona in search of his father. She will have to tell him that, when she abandoned him 18 years earlier, she was pregnant, they had a son, and he has just died. She must also tell him that she named their son Esteban, like his biological father, before he changed his name to Lola (Toni Cantó). The search for a man with that name cannot be simple - and indeed it isn’t. Penélope Cruz costars in this Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner.

1979, 105 min, Spain, Dir: Iván Zulueta

This brooding cult masterpiece focuses on drug-addicted Madrid director José Sirgado (Eusebio Poncela), who is trying to finish his vampire movie when he gets a package from fellow filmmaker Pedro P. (Will More); the audiovisual materials it contains lead José on a one-way trip down a hallucinatory rabbit hole. Co-starring Almodóvar favorite Cecilia Roth, ARREBATO is loaded with symbolism, and one of the few films to truly capture the mesmerizing nature of cinema.

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