THE IMPOSSIBLE
LO IMPOSIBLE
2012, Lionsgate, 114 min, Spain/USA, Dir: J.A. Bayona

Just after Christmas in 2004, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean killing more than 200,000 people; this riveting drama brings a personal focus to one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria Bennett (Naomi Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) are vacationing in Thailand with their three kids when the tidal wave separates them; as oldest son Lucas (Tom Holland in a terrific debut) struggles to get his severely injured mother to a hospital, Henry scours the devastated area in a desperate search for them.


KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE
KIKI, EL AMOR SE HACE
2016, Strand Releasing, 102 min, Dir: Paco León

Through interwoven stories, five couples revel in and struggle with sexual fetishes in one of Spain’s biggest box office hits of the year. Actor-director Paco León’s (CARMINA OR BLOW UP) kinky comedy recalls the uninhibited spirit of Pedro Almodóvar with a knack for hilarious set pieces that is uniquely his own. “Throughout, KIKI skillfully straddles the line between the comedy you’d expect and the compassion which makes it work at a deeper level.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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.


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