How to tour Spain on $11 a day
It’s that time of year again–the Film Society’s yearly Spanish cinema extravaganza Spanish Cinema Now. For most of the month of December, the Walter Reade Theater is the place to sample the some of the most cutting edge visions in world cinema. Almodovar! Potential future Oscar winners! Cost-effective exotic escapism! It’s all here.
Since Spanish Cinema Now’s debut at the Film Society in 1992, annual film production in Spain has moved from about 40 movies per year into the triple digits. This year’s line-up reflects the tremendous diversity of Spanish talent behind the lens today: you’ll see a number of gripping genre chillers like [REC] (remade by Hollywood earlier this year as Quarantine), and the intricately constructed sci-fi flight of fantasy Timecrimes. I’m really looking forward to what sounds like Spain’s answer to Office Space, Casual Day. For those with a short attention span, check out the innovative shorts program Shortmetraje, or go even more experimental with the Avant-Garde Shorts program.
Spanish Cinema Now also presents a spotlight on acclaimed actor Javier Cámara, beginning with the opening night presentation of the amusing comedy-of-manners Chef’s Special. The foodies will probably be out in force for the nearly sold-out Friday night screening, but you can still score tickets to the screening on Saturday. BONUS: Javier Cámara will join us at the Walter Reade for both screenings! The spotlight also showcases Pedro Almodovar’s Talk to Her, as well as Blind Sunflowers, Spain’s entry for the best-foreign-language-film Oscar.
Be sure to check the filmlinc blog for our interview with Javier Cámara, coming soon.
What’s playing this weekend in Spanish Cinema Now: