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.


CARMINA AND AMEN
CARMINA Y AMÉN
2014, Telecinco, 98 min, Spain, Dir: Paco León

Paco León follows up last year’s popular CARMINA OR BLOW UP with another hilarious (if fictionalized) portrait of his mother. When her husband dies, chain-smoking Carmina Barrios is determined to keep it a secret until she gets a check that he had been expecting. The absurd, sometimes vulgar, comic energy of Almodóvar’s early films lives on here! In Spanish with English subtitles.


SPANISH AFFAIR
OCHO APELLIDOS VASCOS
2014, Film Factory, 98 min, Spain, Dir: Emilio Martínez Lázaro

Love-struck Rafa (Dani Rovira, in his feature debut) pursues a Basque woman (Clara Lago), pretending to be Basque himself to gain her father’s approval. This screwball comedy take on regional stereotypes quickly became one of the biggest Spanish-made box office hits of all time. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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