17th Annual European Union Film Festival

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From March 7 through April 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the “17th Annual European Union Film Festival,” the largest showcase in North America for the cinema of the European Union nations. This year’s festival presents the Chicago premieres of 64 new films from 26 EU nations, bringing the diverse national cultures of east and west Europe as close as your movie seat.

According to the tradition of our festival, the opening night is presided over by the nation currently holding the presidency of the European Union. On Friday, March 7, our host is the Honorable Ioanna Efthymiadou, Consul General of Greece in Chicago. Our opening film is THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS by Elina Pyskou, a dark satire on celebrity in which a popular TV anchorman attempts to increase his fame by faking his own kidnapping.

The festival includes work by scores of seasoned directors as well as many young rising stars in the cinema world. Close to 20% of the films are directed by women. Some of the great and provocative names of Europe are represented with new work, including: Daniel Auteuil (FANNY and MARIUS), Francois Ozon (YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL), Paul Verhoeven (TRICKED), Lukas Moodysson (WE ARE THE BEST!), Michael Winterbottom (EVERYDAY and THE TRIP TO ITALY), John Akomfrah (THE STUART HALL PROJECT), and Mika Kaurismäki (ROAD NORTH).

Our selection includes the Chicago premieres of a goodly number of hot-buzz films from international festivals like Toronto: THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT (Germany), CHILD’S POSE and WHEN EVENING FALLS ON BUCHAREST OR METABOLISM (Romania), WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (Portugal), A SPELL TO WARD OFF DARKNESS (Estonia), and IDA (Poland).

For the second year in a row we incorporate the “Festival of New Spanish Cinema,” curated by Pragda, as a six-film sidebar. Director Juan Cavestany appears in person with the March 13 screening of his film PEOPLE IN PLACES, an intriguingly offbeat narrative in the tradition of Luis Buñuel that has been hailed as signaling a new direction in Spanish cinema.

Guests include Austrian directors Jim Libby and Nicolas Neuhold with ANOTHER ONE OPENS, a fully improvised feature film which will have its US premiere screenings on March 8 and 13; Polish documentary director Anna Ferens with A PLACE TO STAND on March 16; Chicago Reader film critic Ben Sachs discussing THE STUART HALL PROJECT on March 19; and German director David Sieveking presenting his very personal documentary FORGET ME NOT on March 21. Additional guests are pending as we go to press. Visit our web site at www.siskelfilmcenter.org for updates and added events.

The festival closes on Thursday, April 3 with the dark comedy/drama HONEYMOON by prolific Czech director Jan Hrebejk, who will appear in person for audience discussion, courtesy of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Chicago. A reception by Whole Foods Market follows.

The Gene Siskel Film Center thanks the consulates, the consuls general, and the cultural institutions of the European Union in Chicago, and their embassies in Washington, D.C., for their enthusiastic participation. We especially salute the efforts of all those who served as festival advisors.

—Barbara Scharres and Martin Rubin

Purchase a European Union festival pass for $50!

6 movies at a reduced price, plus a free small popcorn with each film. Turn your pass in at the end of the festival for a $5 discount on a Gene Siskel Film Center membership. An $87 value for $50!

Vote for the Audience Award!
Win an Annual Membership and a 2015 EU Festival Pass!

Vote for the European Union Film Festival's Audience Award, and your ballot may be selected for the grand prize of a year's membership to the Film Center plus an EU Festival Pass (6 films + popcorn) for the 2015 festival! Ballots are available in the lobby. Past winners of the award include I'M NOT SCARED (2004), COLOSSAL SENSATION! (2005), CLEAN (2006), AFTER THE WEDDING (2007), THE UNKNOWN WOMAN (2008), THE BEACHES OF AGNES (2009), THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER (2010), DESERT FLOWER (2011), THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER (2012), and BROKEN (2013).

For their generous assistance in obtaining films for the European Union Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks:

Austria: Markus Blunder, Dreamrunner Pictures; Nicolas Neuhold, English Lovers; Belgium: Katayoon Shahabi, Navid Karimpur, Noor Pictures; Carolina Jessula, Media Luna; Bulgaria: Niki Iliev; Mila Petkova, Bulgarian National Film Center; Croatia: Igor Princ, Princ Films; Ankica Juric Tilic, Kinorama; Czech Republic: Oscar Alonso, Javier de la Fuente, Latido; Denmark: Lizette Gram Mygind, Danish Film Institute; Jette Renneberg Elkjær, Embassy of Denmark; Estonia: Tristan Priimägi, Estonian Film Foundation; Paul Thiltges Distributions/Juliette Films; Finland: Mari Ljokkoi, Crystal Eye Ltd.; France: Institut Français; Fabrice Rozie, Denis Quenelle, Laurence Geannopoulos, Cultural Services at the Consulate General of France in Chicago; Germany: Werner Ott, Irmi Maunu-Kocian, Goethe-Institut Chicago; Hella Schmidt, Laure Tinette, German Film and Television Academy Berlin; Greece: Liza Linardou, Greek Film Center; Katja Lenarcic, M-Appeal; Nikos Alevras; Maria Douza, Steficon;Hungary: Bela Bunyik, Bunyik Entertainment; Katalin Vajda, Magyar Filmunió, Hungarian National Film Fund; Italy: Silvio Marchetti, Andrea Raos, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Chicago; Barbara Klein, Italian Film Festival of St. Louis; Pascale Ramonda; Latvia: Daris Delins, Perry Street Advisors; Laila Pakalnina; Astra Spalvena, National Film Center of Latvia; Lithuania: Marijus Gudynas, Agnė Vertelkaitė, Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago; Luxembourg: Joy Hoffmann, Centre National de l’Audiovisuel (CAN); Philipp Reimer, Amour Fou; Youn Ji, Autlook Filmsales; Netherlands: Claudia Landsberger, André Naus, Eye Film Institute; Lisette van Dalen, Topkapi Films; Poland: Konrad Zielinski, Consulate General of Poland, Chicago; Portugal: Matthias Angoulvant, Wide; Slovakia: Alexandra Strelková, Slovak Film Institute; Zuzana Bielikova, Negativ Film Productions; Katja Lenarcic, M-Appeal; Slovenia: Nerina Kocjancic, Slovenian National Film Center; A. Veronika Prosenc, Triglav Film; Carolina Jessula, Media Luna; Spain: Marta Sanchez, Pragda; Antonio Martínez Luciano, Teresa Hernando Rojo, Instituto Cervantes de Chicago; Sweden: Gunnar Almér, Swedish Film Institute; UK: John Flahive, Wavelength Pictures; and also: Ryan Krivoshey, The Cinema Guild; John Poole, John Poole Jr., Corinth Films; Rebeca Conget, Mallory Jacobs, Film Movement; Elizabeth Brambilla, Justin DiPietro, Cary Jones, Kim Kalyka, IFC Films; Ian Stimler, KimStim; Gary Palmucci, Jonathan Hertzberg, Kino Lorber Films; Neal Block, Maureen Masters, Magnolia Pictures; Ed Arentz, Brian Andreotti, Rebecca Gordon, Music Box Films; Nathan Faustyn, Mike Williams, Strand Releasing; Clemence Taillandier, Zeitgeist Films.

THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS

  • OPENING NIGHT FILM!
Greece

Showtimes

Fri, Mar 7th at 6:00pm
Mon, Mar 10th at 8:00pm
Average: 1 (1 vote)
  1. THE ETERNAL RETURN OF ANTONIS PARASKEVAS
  2. (I AIONIA EPISTROFI TOU ANTONI PARASKEVAS)
  1. 2013, Elina Pyskou, Greece, 88 min.
  2. With Christos Stergioglou, Maria Kallimani

“A dark and artful satire on fame in the modern world…perfectly pitched.”--Ben Nicholson, CineVue

“Another gem in the treasure chest of Greek national cinema.”--Martin Kudlac, Twitchfilm.com

An iconic TV anchorman and ratings kingpin fakes his own kidnapping while planning for the day of his reemergence to glorious acclaim. Following the course of his headlining newsworthiness from his hideout in a shuttered luxury hotel, Antonis resorts to increasingly desperate measures to boost his waning fame. This satire on the dark side of celebrity is a highly imaginative tale in the recent tradition of absurdist Greek cinema. In Greek with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of M-Appeal. DCP digital. (BS)

Immediately following the Friday screening, the audience is invited to a reception in the Greek spirit, hosted by Consul General of Greece, Ioanna Efthymiadou.

Note: No free passes or blue tickets will be valid for the opening night screening.

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  • CLOSING NIGHT FILM!
Czech Republic

Showtimes

Sun, Mar 30th at 3:00pm
Thu, Apr 3rd at 6:30pm
No votes yet

Jan Hrebejk and Alison Cuddy in person!

  1. HONEYMOON
  2. (LIBANKY)
  1. 2013, Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 97 min.
  2. With Ana Geislerova, Stanislav Majer

“Weaves some welcoming darkness into the frothy and cheerful façade…beautiful and memorable.”--Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“Luminous…festivals will want an invitation to this party.”--Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

The presence of an uninvited guest at a lavish fairytale wedding is the catalyst for the bride’s second look at the man she married. Completing his trilogy on guilt (including INNOCENCE and KAWASAKI’S ROSE), director Hrebejk draws secrets from dark places when a blended family’s quirks go on display. The spirit of wild celebration and conspicuous consumption is leavened by foreboding when a shadow from the past falls on the groom. In Czech with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Latido. Presented in cooperation with the Consulate of the Czech Republic, Chicago. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Jan Hrebejk will be present for audience discussion led by WBEZ91.5's Alison Cuddy following Thursday's screening. Immediately following the Q&A, the audience is invited to a closing-night reception in our lobby, hosted by Whole Foods Market.

Note: No free passes or blue tickets will be valid for the closing night screening

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Films of the 17th Annual
European Union Film Festival

By default, films are listed alphabetically by country. You can also search for films from a particular country or by language by making your selection from the appropriate drop-down menu.

ANOTHER ONE OPENS

Austria

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 8th at 3:00pm
Thu, Mar 13th at 8:15pm
Average: 4.7 (14 votes)

U.S. premiere!
Filmmakers in person!

  1. ANOTHER ONE OPENS
  1. 2013, Jim Libby and Nicolas Neuhold, Austria, 91 min.
  2. With Kathy Tanner, Bronwynn Mertz-Penzinger

Created by Vienna’s improv theater company English Lovers with an ensemble cast, ANOTHER ONE OPENS is a fully improvised comedy long on sprightly charm and an air of mystery. Five longtime friends gather at a rambling guest-house, a meeting secretly planned as an intervention for the stodgy professor. The picturesque mansion offers surprises of its own, and each visitor will inadvertently walk through a door to their fantasy life. In English. Special advance screening courtesy of English Lovers. HDCAM video. (BS)

Co-directors Jim Libby, Nicolas Neuhold, and actor Michael Smulik will be present for audience discussion on Saturday. Neuhold will be present on Thursday.

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AUTUMN BLOOD

Austria

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 29th at 9:15pm
Mon, Mar 31st at 8:15pm
Average: 4 (1 vote)
  1. AUTUMN BLOOD
  1. 2013, Markus Blunder, Austria/USA, 100 min.
  2. With Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare

“Quietly creepy… ‘Little House on the Prairie’ meets DELIVERANCE.”--Terrence Butcher, PopMatters

Innocence is shattered and a refuge becomes a trap as the breathtaking beauty of the Tyrolean Alps turns sinister when an orphaned brother and sister find themselves caught in a wicked ambush set by malevolent locals with eyes for the young girl. Director Blunder contrasts the soaring power of the setting with the darkest depths of human intention in this Alpine Gothic, a story told with only a few lines of dialogue. Winner of Best Feature at the San Diego Film Festival. In English. Special advance screening courtesy of Dreamrunner Pictures. Note: contains scenes of sexual violence. DCP digital. (BS)

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THE BAG OF FLOUR

Belgium

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Sun, Mar 23rd at 3:15pm
Mon, Mar 24th at 6:00pm
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  1. THE BAG OF FLOUR
  2. (LE SAC DE FARINE)
  1. 2012, Kadija Leclere, Belgium/Morocco/France, 92 min.
  2. With Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abass

“Gently powerful…impressively shot.”--Mark Adams, Screen Daily

This exotic coming-of age tale is based on the director’s own story as a child of two cultures. Eight-year-old Sarah is snatched from the ordered life of an orphanage in Belgium and abandoned by her Moroccan father in his native village. Caught between the need to resist and the will to survive, she grows to womanhood under the eye of a watchful aunt (Abass), determined to wrest control over life and love as a revolution looms. In French and Arabic with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Noori Pictures. DCP digital. (BS)

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MARINA

Belgium

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Sun, Mar 16th at 7:00pm
Mon, Mar 17th at 7:45pm
Average: 4.9 (11 votes)
  1. MARINA
  1. 2013, Stijn Coninx, Belgium, 122 min.
  2. With Matteo Simoni, Cristian Campagna

Infectious Italian melodies punctuate this entertaining biopic of the Italian-Belgian singer who launched his international hit “Marina” at Carnegie Hall. Young Rocco Granata grows up in Belgium, despised as the son of an Italian coal miner. The accordion becomes his ticket to a future, coupled with ambition and his forbidden love for the daughter of the town grocer. Fifties ambience breeds Elvis-influenced garage bands and the danceable tunes that make MARINA a feel-good delight. In Flemish, Italian, and French with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Media Luna. DCP digital. (BS)

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THE FOREIGNER

Bulgaria

Showtimes

Fri, Mar 28th at 8:15pm
Sun, Mar 30th at 5:00pm
Average: 4.4 (7 votes)
  1. THE FOREIGNER
  2. (CHUJDENEZAT)
  1. 2012, Niki Iliev, Bulgaria, 100 min.
  2. With Lubomir Koustchev, Sonya Borisova

This unabashedly goofball romantic comedy features a zingy soundtrack of French ballads and compensates for its low-budget look with a bounty in good-hearted silliness. A self-absorbed Frenchman newly arrived in Bulgaria falls in love at first sight with a winsome beauty, but a case of mistaken identity touches off a clan feud. Would-be lovers, wannabe lovers, ex-lovers and assorted parents figure in a romp with plenty of slapstick and touches of kung fu. In French and Bulgarian with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Niki Iliev. Digital video. (BS)

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NIGHT BOATS

Croatia

Showtimes

Sun, Mar 30th at 2:30pm
Mon, Mar 31st at 6:00pm
Average: 2 (1 vote)
  1. NIGHT BOATS
  2. (NOCNI BRODOVI)
  1. 2012, Igor Mirkovic, Croatia/Slovenia, 101 min.
  2. With Ana Karic, Radka Polic

A story steeped in the magic of love at any age, NIGHT BOATS unreels the tender and bittersweet last love of Jakov (Polic) and Helena (Karic), whose youthful lust for life transcends the torpor of the retirement home where they meet. The extraordinary chemistry of two seasoned stars fires their runaway-saga-turned-road-movie with the spark of joy as the pair weave a romantic fantasy that they first met and loved in their distant youth. In Croatian with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Princ Films. DCP digital. (BS)

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ONE SHOT

Croatia

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 15th at 9:00pm
Tue, Mar 18th at 7:45pm
No votes yet

U.S. premiere!

  1. ONE SHOT
  2. (HITAC)
  1. 2013, Robert Orhel, Croatia, 76 min.
  2. With Ecija Ojdanic, Iva Babik

Two college girls goofing off, one hidden gun, and one accidental bullet make for half of ONE SHOT’s equation. Two unexpected pregnancies, one suspect plus one inquiring lady cop make for the other half. In this first feature, director Orhel demonstrates a sure hand with actors as a conscientious policewoman is thrown off course by the death of a parent and finds that new predicaments in her life uncannily parallel those of the sullen suspect in a murder case. In Croatian with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Konorama. DCP digital. (BS)

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HONEYMOON

  • CLOSING NIGHT FILM!
Czech Republic

Showtimes

Sun, Mar 30th at 3:00pm
Thu, Apr 3rd at 6:30pm
No votes yet

Jan Hrebejk and Alison Cuddy in person!

  1. HONEYMOON
  2. (LIBANKY)
  1. 2013, Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 97 min.
  2. With Ana Geislerova, Stanislav Majer

“Weaves some welcoming darkness into the frothy and cheerful façade…beautiful and memorable.”--Mark Adams, Screen Daily

“Luminous…festivals will want an invitation to this party.”--Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

The presence of an uninvited guest at a lavish fairytale wedding is the catalyst for the bride’s second look at the man she married. Completing his trilogy on guilt (including INNOCENCE and KAWASAKI’S ROSE), director Hrebejk draws secrets from dark places when a blended family’s quirks go on display. The spirit of wild celebration and conspicuous consumption is leavened by foreboding when a shadow from the past falls on the groom. In Czech with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Latido. Presented in cooperation with the Consulate of the Czech Republic, Chicago. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Jan Hrebejk will be present for audience discussion led by WBEZ91.5's Alison Cuddy following Thursday's screening. Immediately following the Q&A, the audience is invited to a closing-night reception in our lobby, hosted by Whole Foods Market.

Note: No free passes or blue tickets will be valid for the closing night screening

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CLOWNWISE

Czech Republic

Showtimes

Sun, Mar 9th at 2:45pm
Mon, Mar 10th at 7:45pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)
  1. CLOWNWISE
  2. (KLAUNI)
  1. 2013, Viktor Taus, Czech Republic, 120 min.
  2. With Oldrich Kaiser, Didier Flamand, Kati Outinen

Three masters of slapstick aspire to reignite the showbiz magic of their popular act after forty years apart, but accumulated hurts, political differences, and memories of lost love prove to be slipperier than a bushel of banana peels. Oskar heads a French mime school, Max is a reigning Czech star with a health crisis looming, and Viktor an obscure professor of theater arts with a wife (Outinen of Kaurismaki fame) whose mind is drifting in the ether, when fate brings them together with the promise of one more show. In Czech with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Latido. DCP digital. (BS)

EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD

Denmark

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 15th at 3:30pm
Wed, Mar 19th at 6:00pm
Average: 4.5 (4 votes)
  1. EXPEDITION TO THE END OF THE WORLD
  2. (EKSPEDITIONEN TIL VERDENS ENDE)
  1. 2013, Daniel Dencik, Denmark, 90 min.

“Visually ravishing, thought-provoking and benefitting from just enough playfulness.”--John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

“With a mood and setting worthy of a murder story by Jack London, this audience-friendly, atmospheric work could be remade as a thriller, although that’s really what it is already.”--John Anderson, Variety

Spooky, spellbinding, and laced with dry Scandinavian wit, this metaphysical adventure documentary explores the far frontiers of time and space in one of the last uncharted regions on the planet. When global warming opens up ice-bound fjords in Northeast Greenland, a three-masted schooner manned by assorted scientists and artists sails into lands unseen by human eyes since the Stone Age. Amid landscapes forbidding and sublime, the explorers watch icebergs collapse, discover strange new species, encounter predators natural (polar bears) and civilized (big oil), go a little crazy, and confront the distant past and uncertain future of human existence. In Danish and English with English subtitles. Digital video courtesy of the Danish Film Institute and the Embassy of Denmark. (MR)

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  1. 17th Annual European Union Film Festival
  2. Welcomes
  3. Festival of New Spanish Cinema 2014

For the second year in a row, the Gene Siskel Film Center is integrating Pragda’s “Festival of New Spanish Cinema” with this year’s “European Union Film Festival” in order to give our EU Festival access to some of the most exciting recent Spanish films.

--Martin Rubin

North America’s leading showcase for the best in contemporary Spanish film returns with six premieres, featuring the latest, most exciting films and allowing you to discover and share your love of Spanish cinema. The Festival of New Spanish Cinema” is six years old, and it remains as young and fresh as ever, with a bevy of new talents that, against considerable economic odds, still manage to produce sharply-observed, engaging works that stretch across every cinematic genre. See your favorite actors in romantic comedies, edge-of-your-seat thrillers, and thoughtful dramas, as well as an eye-catching documentary that flirts with fiction. Come and join us in celebrating Spanish film creativity!

The “Festival of New Spanish Cinema 2014” was organized by Pragda in collaboration with Spain Arts & Culture, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, and Acción Cultural Española. Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Spain-ICAA.

--Marta Sanchez, Pragda


PEOPLE IN PLACES

Spain

Showtimes

Sun, Mar 9th at 7:15pm
Thu, Mar 13th at 6:00pm
Average: 4.4 (5 votes)

Juan Cavestany in person!

  1. PEOPLE IN PLACES
  2. (GENTE IN SITIOS)
  1. 2013, Juan Cavestany, Spain, 83 min.
  2. With Ernesto Alterio, Carlos Areces

“An experimental charmer...There are some truly wonderful sketches [that] deliver comedic gold while also throwing in some food for thought.”--Guillem Rosset, Twitch.com

Described by one critic as a combination of Luis Buñuel and Joe Swanberg, this ultra-independent, microbudget film is a plotless series of surreal, absurdist sketches: a housewife has a face transplant; considerate burglars tidy up the house they have robbed; a waiter turns a simple order into a Tolstoy-size manuscript; a father picking up his son from school gets trapped in a no-exit news program... Spain’s recent economic crisis (and its upending of ordinary reality and logic) is the subtext linking the sketches, which feature gratis guest appearances by many of Cavestany’s well-known actor friends, including Antonio de la Torre, Eduard Fernández, and Maribel Verdú. In Spanish with English subtitles. Digital video. (MR)

Director Juan Cavestany will be present for audience discussion on Thursday.

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MAP

Spain

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 15th at 5:15pm
Tue, Mar 18th at 6:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. MAP
  2. (MAPA)
  1. 2012, Elias León Siminiani, Spain 85 min.

“Witty and lively...this is a docu about the process of making films--a fresh, vibrant record of a helmer feeling his way.”--Jonathan Holland, Variety

This highly personal first-person documentary begins with the filmmaker devastated by the loss of his girlfriend and his job. Inspired by a Matthew Sweet song and a yoga-practicing friend, he decides to his leave his old life behind and head for India to make his first feature film. But the test footage he’s shooting for that film becomes the film, as Siminiani’s observations on India inevitably reflect back on his position as a westerner and bereft lover, eventually sending him back to Spain to encounter the country’s financial collapse and, perhaps, another chance at romance. In Spanish with English subtitles. Digital video. (MR)

OPERATION E

Spain

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Sun, Mar 16th at 4:45pm
Thu, Mar 20th at 7:45pm
No votes yet
  1. OPERATION E
  2. (OPERACIÓN E)
  1. 2012, Miguel Courtois Paternina, Spain/France, 108 min.
  2. With Luis Tosar, Martina Garcia

“OPERATION E is a model of committed filmmaking. It is always absorbing, with close attention to detail, and often gripping, with some of the pace and tension of a thriller.”--Bernard Besserglik, Hollywood Reporter

Based on fact, this tense, gritty drama centers on powerless people caught between powerful forces. Crisanto (Tosar), a Colombian coca farmer struggling to support his family, is at the bottom rung of the drug-trade ladder. One day, the guerrillas controlling the area put a gravely sick baby (actually the child of a kidnapped politician) in his care. The baby is taken away from him by social-services officials, and then the guerrillas demand it back, or else... Luis Tosar (CELL 211, MIAMI VICE), one of Spain’s greatest actors, is utterly convincing, accent and all, as a Colombian peasant whose desperation does not allow him the luxury of acting honorably. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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UNIT 7

Spain

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 22nd at 5:00pm
Wed, Mar 26th at 6:15pm
Average: 3 (1 vote)
  1. UNIT 7
  2. (GRUPO 7)
  1. 2013, Alberto Rodriguez, Spain, 96 min.
  2. With Antonio de la Torre, Mario Casas

“Highly charged, often enthralling…UNIT 7 is that rare beast, a hard-hitting corrupt-cop thriller that’s more about people than plot.”--Jonathan Holland, Variety

Winner of six Goya Awards, UNIT 7 is a gritty, graphic, morally gray drug-war saga in the tradition of THE FRENCH CONNECTION and TRAFFIC. Based on fact, the action centers on an elite police squad headed by idealistic rookie Angel (Casas of NEON FLESH) and hardened vet Rafael (de la Torre of THE LAST CIRCUS). Beginning with an electrifying rooftop chase, they carry out their mandate to clean up Seville before the tourists arrive for the 1992 Expo. Acclaimed as heroes, they find themselves under pressure to live up to their image, employing increasingly dirty methods as they slip over to the dark side. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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A GUN IN EACH HAND

Spain

Showtimes

Thu, Mar 27th at 8:15pm
Average: 4 (1 vote)
  1. A GUN IN EACH HAND
  2. (UNA PISTOLA IN CADA MANO)
  1. 2012, Cesc Gay, Spain, 95 min.
  2. With Ricardo Darín, Luis Tosar

“Often funny, never less than fascinating...seldom as the truism that character is plot been more triumphantly and enjoyably proven.”--Jessica Kiang, Indiewire

This is neither a spaghetti western nor a crime film. The weapons in the title refer to basic masculine equipment, used neither wisely nor too well in the ongoing battle of the sexes. As usual, writer-director Gay (IN THE CITY, FICTION) sets the story in his native Barcelona, dividing the narrative into six self-enclosed vignettes that are funny, touching, and scathing in varying degrees as they focus on men trapped in romantic dilemmas of their own making. The cast is virtually a who’s who of male Latino actors of a certain age, including Javier Cámara as a regretful divorcé trying to reconnect with his wife; Eduardo Noriega as an office-place seducer who gets a nasty comeuppance; and Luis Tosar and Ricardo Darín as two strangers who cross paths while the latter is trying to catch his wife’s lover. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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THE WISHFUL THINKERS

Spain

Showtimes

Sat, Mar 29th at 9:15pm
Thu, Apr 3rd at 8:30pm
No votes yet
  1. THE WISHFUL THINKERS
  2. (LOS ILUSOS)
  1. 2013, Jónas Trueba, Spain, 93 min.
  2. With Francesco Carril, Aura Garrido

“An engaging, free-rolling homage to the movie-making dream...Trueba reinvents the capital [Madrid] as a filmmaker’s city.”--Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter

The second film by Jónas (son of Fernando) Trueba, THE WISHFUL THINKERS is a youthful tribute to youthful cinephilia, drawing inspiration from models past (the French New Wave) and present (Hong Sang-soo). The loosely plotted film centers on an aspiring filmmaker (Carril) who hangs out in bars and goes to movies with his twentysomething friends, wanders around Madrid (photographed in dazzling black-and-white) with his new girlfriend (Garrido), and sets out to make a film much like the one we are watching. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)