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Contemporary films from Spain and Mexico

10 November 2017 to 01 December 2017
Belvedere 21Belvedere
In a period of four weeks, the Blickle Kino at the 21er Haus will be showing six films by 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.

Gracia Querejeta, Felices 140, ES 2015, 95 min.
Friday, 10 November 2017 | 6.30 pm
OV with English subtitles

About to turn forty, Elia decides to celebrate her birthday with family and friends in a luxurious country home. She has chosen this occasion to share something with her guests. After she makes her announcement, the mood amongst the guests begins to shift. Critics have lauded Garcia Querejeta’s film as an ‘exciting, fresh and brilliant reflection of what we are’. The film is nevertheless full of surprises – switching between black humour and drama, it will keep viewers captivated until the last moment.

2016: Goya Film Prize (Spain): Two Nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Maria Álvarez & Nora Navas)
2016: Feroz Film Prize (Spain): Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Marian Álvarez)

Celso García, La delgada linea amarilla, MX 2015, 95 min.
Sunday, 12 November 2017 | 4 pm
OV with English subtitles

The Thin Yellow Line is the story of five men who receive a contract to mark the border line on a highway between two Mexican villages. In an old van, they set out to complete the yellow line spanning a distance of more than 200 kilometres of asphalt in just over 15 days. These five loners’ paths have only crossed for the purpose of earning some money, yet their fateful journey goes on to change their views of life. In the end, it is realized that between good and evil, joy and sorrow, life and death, there is only a thin line.

2017: Premios Platino: Best Debut Film; Best Script, Set and Acting
2015: Festival de Gijón: Jury Prize, Best Script
2015: Premios Ariel: Fourteen nominations

Enrique Gato, Atrapa la bandera, ES 2015, 97 min.
Sunday, 19 November 2017 | 4 pm
OV with Spanish subtitles

Ambitious multimillionaire Richard Carson wants to claim the moon for himself as a source of Helio 3, the clean energy of the future. To do so, Carson must erase the memory of every witness of the Apollo 11 astronauts’ first steps on Earth's satellite. There is only one who can prevent this, and that is Mike Goldwing, a fearless, surf-obsessed 12-year-old. With the help of his friends Marty and Amy and a small lizard, he manages with his grandfather (also named Mike) to fly to the moon. The future of the earth is secure! Critics have praised this multi-award-winning film as refreshing entertainment for the whole family, highlighting the superior quality of the animation.

2015: Goya Film Prize: Best Animated Film
2016: Platino Film Prize: Best Animated Film
2016: Annecy Film Festival: Official Feature Selection
2015: Gaudí Film Prize: Best Animated Film

Humberto Hinojosa Ozcáriz, Oveja Negra, MX 2009, 87 min.
Sunday, 26 November 2017 | 4 pm
OV with English subtitles

The friends José and Kumbia work as shepherds for a farmer. Tired of his despotism, the two come up with a plan to steal the herds and sell them at the border so that they can fulfil their desire for a better life. What could go wrong? The farmer’s son Jerónimo follows their trail to regain what is his rightful future property. When the plan seems to be working, a girl called María comes into play, who wants to test her pull on men. Jerónimo woos her but María flirts with José, and that’s when everything starts to get complicated for everyone.

Awards and Festivals
2009: The International Federation of Films Critics: Best Debut Film and Audience Award
2009: Mejor película dentro del Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, Mexico: Best Film

Cesc Gay, Truman, ES 2015, 108 min.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 | 6.30 pm
OV with English subtitles

Tomás and Julián have been friends since kindergarten. They meet again after many years and spend some unforgettable days together, knowing that afterwards they will have to say goodbye forever. Truman is one of those films that, despite all its sorrow, can still manage to wrestle a smile. Or, as critics have noted, while deep down the film weeps, it lends comfort on the surface.
2016: David di Donatello Film Prize: Nominated as Best European Film
2015: 5 Goya Prizes: including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor (Darín)
2015: San Sebastián Film Festival: Best Actor (Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara)
2015: Feroz Film Prize: Best Actor (Darín) and Best Script. 6 nominations.
2015: Ariel Film Prize: Nominated as Best Ibero-American Film.
2015: 6 Gaudí Prizes: including Best Non-Catalan Film. 11 nominations.

Hari Sama, Sunka Raku: Alegría Evanescente, MX 2015, 113 min.
Friday, 1 December 2017 | 6.30 pm
OV with English subtitles

A life told in four seasons. The orbit of a man as he approaches the sun and then retreats from it, the garden of his soul experiencing a type of climate change. A documentary about the meticulous construction of Japanese tea houses in the Mexican landscape surrounding the Ajusco volcano is presented as the pretext to discover a world of thought that, at first glance, may seem obsessive and eccentric.