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THE EUROPEANS
LOS EUROPEOS
2020, Filmax, 90 min, Spain, Dir: Víctor García León

This adaptation of the eponymous novel by the great Spanish satirist, Rafael Azcona, is set in the late 1950s during Spain’s dictatorship. The film follows Miguel (Raúl Arévalo), a provincial draftsman, and Antonio (Juan Diego Botto), the well-off son of an architect, as they escape the conservatism of the Spanish mainland for the sun-kissed shores of Ibiza, lured by the illusion of freedom and the promise of sexually liberated European women. The two young men join an eclectic community of bohemian vacationers and partygoers, but their stay on the bucolic island is not as carefree as they had planned. As Miguel begins to fall in love with the Parisian Odette (Stéphane Caillard), both must face moral and existential dilemmas. “Sharp, intelligent, comic, and tragic...” Begoña Piña, Elpublico.es


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.


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