TORO
2016, 105 min, Dir: Kike Maíllo

Toro (Mario Casas) has almost managed to put his criminal past behind him when he gets a desperate request from his brother (Luis Tosar), whose daughter is being held by Toro’s former boss, crime kingpin Romano (Jose Sacristan). Set in Andalusia, this fast-paced thriller boasts strong central performances and electrifying action sequences. In Spanish with English subtitles.


MAGICAL GIRL
2014, Films Distribution, 127 min, Spain/France, Dir: Carlos Vermut

Luis (Luis Bermejo) has a 12-year-old daughter with a terminal illness and a last wish – to have a dress just like the main character of her favorite Japanese anime series. The unemployed professor doesn’t have the money to purchase the dress, but thinks he can get it with a little help from a former teacher (José Sacristán) and an unbalanced young woman (Goya and Feroz winner Bárbara Lennie). Vermut’s sure directorial hand weaves multiple storylines together in this haunting (and occasionally intense) drama. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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