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Fri, Oct 18, 2019 - Sun, Oct 20, 2019
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25th Annual Showcase of New Films from Spain

Recent Spanish Cinema is produced by The Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), The American Cinematheque and EGEDA US. With the support of The Embassy of Spain in Washington, Spain Arts and Culture, Spain USA Foundation, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Barcelo Maya Riviera, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Villanueva Centro Universitario, Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, Casa de España in Los Angeles, Palacios, Estrella Damm, Tequila Honor VinAmericas y Cuarenta Vendimias.

For 25 years, the Recent Spanish Cinema series has brought the biggest and best Spanish films to eager Southern California audiences, with the goal to expose Angelenos to Spanish culture, from art and music to food, fashion and more. This October, we look back on the festival’s beginnings in 1994 at the Cinematheque’s previous home at the Directors Guild Theater, where RSC hosted its first celebrity guest, future Oscar winner Javier Bardem, who was then just beginning to establish his acting career.

Recent Spanish Cinema has always showcased new talent on the rise. Over the years, the directors and actors spotlighted by the series read like a “who’s who” of the Spanish film industry. Luminaries who have appeared in person include directors Pedro Almodóvar, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Ventura Pons, Alex de la Iglesia, Imanol Uribe, Fernando Trueba, Vicente Aranda, Carlos Saura and Bigas Luna and actors Penelope Cruz, Carmen Maura and Candela Peña. Today, the festival is the American Cinematheque’s longest-running series and remains one of the most important communal rendezvous with Spanish cinema in the world.

Over the course of three days, this year’s series showcases a variety of Spanish movies that includes six Los Angeles premieres, ranging from comedies to award-winning dramas and documentaries, as well as an animated biopic about one of Spain’s greatest artists. The 25th anniversary series opens with the Los Angeles premiere of FATHER THERE IS ONLY ONE (PADRE NO HAY MÁS QUE UNO), Spain’s greatest box office success of 2019. Director Santiago Segura stars in his hilarious family drama as a hands-off father who finds himself alone for the weekend with his five rambunctious children. Segura will appear for a post-film Q&A, followed by a reception for all ticket holders in the theater courtyard.

The weekend of screenings includes critically acclaimed Spanish indies as well as blockbusters: THE DAYS TO COME (ELS DIES QUE VINDRAN) picked up several awards at the recent Málaga film festival for its documentary-like profile of a Barcelona couple expecting their first child; director Carlos Marques-Marcet joins us in person to discuss the intimate drama. JOURNEY TO A MOTHER’S ROOM (VIAJE AL CUARTO DE UNA MADRE) offers a look at parenthood further down the line, following the changes in a mother and daughter’s relationship when the two move to London. It’s the feature debut of director Celia Rico Clavellino, and the drama’s deep insights into character mark her as a filmmaker to watch.

A powerful indictment of the corruption in Spanish government, THE REALM (EL REINO) won an impressive seven Goya Awards, including Best Director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen (whose Goya Award-winning short “Madre” was included in last year’s selection), Best Actor (Antonio de la Torre), and Best Original Screenplay. Real-life issues also take center stage in Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar’s Goya Award-winning documentary THE SILENCE OF OTHERS (EL SILENCIO DE OTROS), which grapples with Spain’s fascist history. This year’s selection also includes two wildly different biopics: Icíar Bollaín’s triumphant portrait of Cuban danseur Carlos Acosta, YULI, and Salvador Simó’s imaginative animated film BUÑUEL IN THE LABYRINTH OF THE TURTLES (BUÑUEL EN EL LABERINTO DE LAS TORTUGAS), both of which examine the creative ascents of struggling artists.

Lastly, our annual series would hardly be complete without a comedic romp, and Carlos Therón expertly fills that void with his laugh-out-loud tale of a group of unlikely drug dealers, I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT (LO DEJO CUANDO QUIERA). One of the film’s stars, Ernesto Alterio, will join us for a discussion after the screening.

Click here to see our Recent Spanish Cinema eblast.

All films in Spanish with English subtitles unless noted. Series compiled by Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Chris LeMaire, Adrien Verus, Jacqueline Sheean and Andrew Ameter.

Egyptian TheatreFri, Oct 18, 2019 - Sun, Oct 20, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Opening Night! Director Santiago Segura In Person!
Fri, Oct 18, 2019 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Actor Ernesto Alterio In Person!
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sat, Oct 19, 2019 - 8:00pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Director Carlos Marques-Marcet In Person!
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
Egyptian Theatre