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MARSHLAND
LA ISLA MINIMA
2014, Outsider Pictures, 105 min, Spain, Dir: Alberto Rodriguez

Spain’s democracy was still on wobbly legs in 1980, particularly in the backwater of Andalusia where this tense crime drama is set. City policemen Juan (Javier Gutiérrez) and Pedro (Raúl Arévalo) are dispatched to the depressed rural area to investigate the disappearance of two sisters; the cops’ differing backgrounds – one a ruthless veteran, the other an idealistic rookie – lead to increasingly unsettling discoveries. Winner of 10 Goya Awards, including Best Film, Director, Lead Actor (Gutiérrez) and Cinematography (Alex Catalán’s aerial shots are truly dazzling). “This superbly crafted, richly textured thriller is one of the strongest Spanish films of the year.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


FAMILY UNITED
LA GRAN FAMILIA ESPAÑOLA
2013, Film Factory, 101 min, Spain, Dir: Daniel Sanchez Arevalo

Acclaimed director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo takes a comedic look at a Spanish family’s chaotic reunion for a wedding taking place during the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. With Patrick Criado and Arancha Marti. “Shot through with a distinctive wit and flair, the [film] cannily shows how it’s possible to straddle the mainstream/arthouse divide.” - Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter. In Spanish with English subtitles.


THE BODY
EL CUERPO
2012, Outsider Pictures, 125 min, Spain, Dir: Oriol Paulo

A heady mix of classic noir, blood-chilling horror and high suspense, THE BODY is a thriller following a detective (José Coronado) who searches for a corpse that has gone missing from a morgue. A Goya Award nominee for Best New Director, Paolo proves to be a master storyteller with this absorbing plot, which keeps viewers guessing about both the strange circumstances surrounding the victim’s death and the reasons her body has disappeared. “…the kind of breathless, relentless genre fare whose sole aim is to generate suspense, and it pretty much succeeds.” - Jonathan Holland, Variety. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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