MY MASTERPIECE
MI OBRA MAESTRA
2018, 100 min, Argentina, Dir: Gastón Duprat

This wonderfully entertaining look at friendship pairs cranky, past-his-prime painter Renzo Nervi (Luis Brandoni) with his longtime dealer, Arturo Silva (Guillermo Francella), who is quite willing to cut ethical corners to keep his gallery running - even if it involves murder. Screenwriter Andres Duprat (the director’s brother and frequent collaborator) clearly knows the art world well and Cristina Nigro’s production design is fittingly eye-catching. “The actors are clearly having a ball. … The chemistry between the two men is completely believable, with their long-term relationship often complicated by matters of art and commerce.” - Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter.


TO STEAL FROM A THIEF
CIEN AÑOS DE PERDÓN
2016, Fox International Pictures, 96 min, Dir: Daniel Calparsoro

Among the year’s biggest box office hits in Spain, this expertly crafted heist film follows a team of robbers (led by Rodrigo de la Serna and Luis Tosar, both superb) who hit a Valencia bank. They make off with a number of safe deposit boxes – but one of them is filled with political information that the government is eager to keep secret. “Daniel Calparsoro’s well-dressed, high-energy heist thriller blends action with a timely critique of contemporary political corruption.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


SIDETRACKED
LAS OVEJAS NO PIERDEN EL TREN
2014, Film Factory, 103 min, Spain, Dir: Alvaro Fernandez Armero

The midlife crises of three Spanish couples provide the laughs in this gleeful ensemble comedy. Luisa (Inma Cuesta of THREE MANY WEDDINGS) and Alberto (Raúl Arévalo) move to the countryside, thinking it a better place to raise kids, though the change puts a damper on their sex life. Luisa’s sister (Candela Peña) and Alberto’s brother (Alberto San Juan) have their own relationship challenges - her obsessive pursuit scares men away, while his much-younger girlfriend is a little on the impulsive side. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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