THE QUEEN OF SPAIN
LA REINA DE ESPAÑA
2017, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 128 min, Spain, Dir: Fernando Trueba

Director Fernando Trueba revisits the characters of his THE GIRL OF YOUR DREAMS some 20 years later with another comedic tale of a chaotic film shoot. Penelope Cruz returns as Macarena Granada, now a Hollywood star, who has been cast in a musical biopic of Queen Isabella being made in Madrid during the Franco regime; Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes join the crew as a screenwriter and leading man, respectively.


WISH I WAS HERE
2014, Focus Features, 106 min, USA, Dir: Zach Braff

Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff) could be the central character from GARDEN STATE ten years down the road, after the phone has stopped ringing and even his wife (Kate Hudson) thinks he should get a real job. But when his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) medical expenses start to mount and Aidan must pull his two kids out of private school, he lands a new role - that of homeschool teacher. “Sincere, funny, thoughtful and spiritual, often poignant, and with a deep strain of existential worry running underneath the whole thing.” - Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com.


YENTL
1983, Park Circus/MGM, 132 min, USA, Dir: Barbra Streisand

Adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story/play, this engaging musical is set in a Jewish community in Poland in the early 20th century. After her father’s death, Yentl (Barbra Streisand) wants to continue her study of the Talmud but, according to tradition, that is strictly a man’s work. So Yentl adopts a male alter ego and enrolls in a Jewish religious school - where she winds up in a romantic triangle with a fellow student (Mandy Patinkin) and his fiancée (Amy Irving). Streisand’s directorial debut raises thoughtful questions about religious and gender identity while it entertains, and it earned her a Golden Globe. The score earned Oscars for Michel Legrand and lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman; among the memorable songs in the film’s hit soundtrack are “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Way He Makes Me Feel.”


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