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Contemporary films from Spain and Mexico

22 October 2015 to 12 November 2015
Blickle Kino at the 21er HausBelvedere

In a period of four weeks, the Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus will be screening 7 films by young film makers and award-winning directors from Spain and Mexico. In close collaboration with the respective embassies movies were chosen that represent Hispanic culture, art and filmic productions beyond their world renowned cinema. On special occasions visitors are invited to enter a dialog with the directors themselves after the screening.

All films OV with English subtitles

Antonio del Real, La Conjura de El Escorial (ES 2008, 128 min.)
Thursday, 22 October 2015 | 6 pm
(Ambassador of Spain and Director will be present)

The historical drama takes place on the court of Philipp II (1559-1598), where numerous political intrigues originate. In 1578, during the night of Easter Monday, Juan de Escobedo is trapped and murdered by a group of contract killers. This tragedy leads to the investigation on several personalities related to the court El Escorial.

Sandra Rozental, Jesse Lerner, La Piedra Ausente (MX 2013, 80 min.)
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | 6.30 pm
(Ambassador of Mexico will be present)

In 1964, the biggest sculptured stone of the Americas - a monolith symbolizing a pre-Hispanic god of water - was transported from San Miguel Coatlinchán in Texcoco to the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City. The removal caused a rebellion of the villagers and ended with a military intervention. Today, the huge stone is the capital's monument and one of the most important national icons. By means of animations, archive material from the 60's and re-enactments with the main figures during the transport, this documentary film analyses the importance of historic remnants from the past for the present.

Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando, Chico y Rita (ES 2010, 94 min.)
Thursday, 29 October 2015 | 6.30 pm

Animation movie for adults inspired by the end of the forties in Cuba. The two main characters, Chico and Rita, live a passionate love story. Chico is a young pianist amazed by jazz living in Havanna, while Rita dreams of becoming a recognized singer. Their love life and professional paths unite and separate like those of two Bolero characters. Critics called this movie a “delicious mixture of cartoon animation and digital style”.

Hari Sama, El Sueño de Lu (MX 2011, 106 min.)
Wednesday, 4 November 2015 | 6.30 pm
(Director will be present; Drinks and Snacks after the film)

After her suicide attempt, Lucía must give life a meaning. Trying to overcome the loss of her son, she makes new acquaintances and wonderful experiences; an encounter and unexpected journey show her that she is able to stay alive and realizes that eternity can last just a moment.

Carlos Saura, Goya en Burdeos (ES 1999, 104 min.)
Thursday, 5 November 2015 | 6.30 pm

The painter Goya, his latest lover Leocadia Zorrilla de Weiss and his daughter Rosario are exiled to Bordeaux. On his deathbed, Goya tells Rosario about the incidents and events that influenced his life – a life full of passion, political unrest and the ecstasy of fame.

Jorge Pérez Lozano, Espiral (MX 2009, 99 min.)
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 | 6.30 pm

Seeking a better life, the men in the movie leave their country without noticing that they are destroying what they want to save: their families. This is the story of Diamantina and Araceli, two young Mixtec girls from Oaxaca, whose partners headed north searching for a better life. Santiago wants to save money to marry Diamantina. Macario wants to move his family out of poverty. When the men return to their village, nothing is like it was before.

Vicente Pérez Herrero, Flamenco de raíz (ES 2011, 85 min.)
Thursday, 12 November 2015 | 6.30 pm
(Director will be present)

The documentary “Flamenco de raíz” devotes itself to the historical roots of flamenco as well as its celebration on streets and private festivities. The movie gives an insight into various perspectives and expressions connected to the world of flamenco – from a personal and a professional point of view. The role of flamenco in the context of cultural industry or within more intimate circles of families is explained. “Flamenco de raíz” brings us closer to those, who make singing their lifelong task and make us feel through music. Moreover, the movie helps us to understand the life of those dancers and musicians that enrich the art of flamenco day by day.