Craving some strong female Spanish performances? Guest blogger Christian Del Moral from the essential Cine Latino en Nueva York picks “Mujeres On the Verge,” the five films from the Spanish Cinema Now series you must see if you love strong Spanish women. So without further ado…
Mujeres On the Verge:
Five Spanish Cinema Now Performances Not to Miss!
by Christian Del Moral
For the last few years, Lola Dueñas had been appearing in serious dramas by some of the top Spanish directors, like Almodóvar (Volver) and Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea in Inside). Now, if you want to see her comedic side, this will be a treat for you. In this film Dueñas shows her versatility as an actress. She’s teaming up again with Almodóvar and Penélope Cruz in The Broken Embraces, due next year.
Fri Dec 5: 7
Sat Dec 6: 6:45
Don’t be fooled by the perky TV reporter Angela Vidal, because in this instant horror classic and smash hit in Spain —and other parts of the world—she runs, jumps and fights the unknown. This great performance, on this hand-held camera action-packed flick, earned Manuela Velasco the Goya for Best New Actress last year. Well deserved!
Sun Dec 7: 6
Sat Dec 13: 9:30
Besides Javier Cámara, who’s the actor with the most films on this year’s selection? That would be Candela Peña, who’s starring in three films. It’s her latest one, Rated-R, playing a desperate-for-love actress, that makes her outstanding. From the very first scene Peña proves that she’s up to the task: getting naked and quoting lines from the play Doña Rosita the Spinster. She also offers a strong performance in Torremolinos 73, and has a big part in the female ensemble-drama My Prison Yard.
Goya Toleda and Mar Flores
We haven’t seen Goya Toledo in the USA since her breakthrough role in the award-winning pic Amores Perros (Alejandro Gonzales Iñarriti) but we’re glad she’s back as an introverted and out there actress in Rated-R. Toledo offers a vivid example of what some women in the biz endured during the post-Franco years. You might not be familiar with Mar Flores, but you won’t be disappointed with her take on wanting to have a normal family life. You can catch this statuesque beauty this weekend at one of several screenings.
Sun Dec 7: 8:30
Mon Dec 8: 4
Sat Dec 13: 5:15
When was the last time we saw the star of Y Tú Mamá También and Pan’s Labyrinth on the big screen in NYC? Well, that was last year at the Walter Reade during SCN. We haven’t seen this new one yet, but in Spain audiences and critics have been more than enthusiastic, so we’re in. Don’t forget, this is Spain’s entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars. Next year Ms. Verdú will finally make her Hollywood debut in the hands of Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro.
Fri Dec 12: 3
Sun Dec 14: 6:10
Thu Dec 18: 4:15
You can take in Christian’s “Mujeres on the Verge” picks by clicking on the dates above to buy tickets or purchasing a series pass at the Walter Reade Theater box office: that’s 5 films for $40 ($30 if you’re a Film Society member). And be sure to stay up on the latest on Spanish-language film in New York by visiting Christian’s blog, Cine Latino en Nueva York.