Shot in stark black and white, La Muerte En La Alcarria places our two heroes (Spanish musicians Los Hermanos Cubero playing themselves) in the vast, endless plains that sleep underneath the infinite dome of a cloudless sky, in sleepy villages where not a soul walks about, and in a forest immersed in the pitch black night, where the spirits of the land roam. The landscape, at times, is so flat and barren that it borders on abstract. But where the silence seems absolute, some people hear music.
The UK’s only music documentary festival returns to London for its second edition with another program of films and Q&As. Starting today and until the 4 October the festival will screen a whole host of World, European, UK and London premieres at its brand new home, Picturehouse Central. This year the festival features two Brit Es films we are really excited about; the UK premiere of the the intimate ‘Paco de Lucia: A Journey’ directed by his son Curro Sánchez and ‘The nightingale and the night’ the breathtaking stories of Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Filmmaker Isabel Coixet will present her film ‘Learning to Drive’ on Sunday 27 September at Regent Street Cinema in Central London at London Spanish Film Festival. The screening will be preceded by a unique on-stage conversation between her and Prof. María Delgado (Queen Mary University).
A glimpse into Cinema from Catalonia and Basque Country at 11th London Spanish Film Festival. Next September.
Documentary cinema is returning to Scotland with the second instalment of Iberodocs, the Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival. The festival aims to foster intercultural integration and to encourage audiences to reflect upon the concept of identity. And judging from this year’s programme, all manner of individual and collective identities will feature upon the screens of the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow from May 14th to 24th.
The Visit (2012) a documentary film by Fany de la Chica / Mike Lerner – Executive Producer / Andrew Phillips – Editor / Adam M.Aguiar – Sound Designer.
La Gran Familia Española (Family United) tries really hard to please everyone. With its pastel and gold palette, handsome cast in suspenders and Converse, a painful wedding entrance music montage to the sound of Calvin Harris’ Feel So Close and, of course, the backdrop of the almighty Spanish national team beating Holland at the South Africa 2010 World Cup Final, the film is really desperate to have in its poster one of those laurel encircled quotes saying something like “…feel-good movie of the year!”.
They met in London. Perhaps in Spain it would not have been possible. But they felt the sort of connection that is only possible when you are removed from the familiar and open yourself up to the world.