2014, Film Factory, 95 min, Spain/France, Dir: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel

First-time feature directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel (and producer Alex De La Iglesia) lead viewers through a terrifying psychological maze in 1950s Spain. At its center is the apartment of Montse (Macarena Gómez, in one of the wildest performances you’ll see all year), who has raised her younger sister to the brink of adulthood. But agoraphobia and religious ritual have taken their toll on Montse, and when an injured young man (Hugo Silva) turns up at the door, help is the last thing she gives him. With Luis Tosar as the spectral father figure. In Spanish with English subtitles.

2010, 109 min, Spain, Dir: Paco Cabezas

An expansion of director Paco Cabezas' 2005 short of the same name, this excitingly brash, fantastically flashy crime comedy follows Barcelona street kid Ricky (Spanish star Mario Casas) who is eking out a touch-and-go living selling tissues, in the hopes of saving enough money to open a brothel for his incarcerated prostitute mother. Though he gets help from the cruelly hilarious pimp Angelito (Vicente Romero) and his junkie girlfriend (Macarena Gomez), Ricky is treading on dangerous ground with his plan - the prospective brothel would be encroaching on the territory of nasty neighborhood villain El Chino. "Well-crafted, high-testosterone entertainment." –Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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