THE KID

(EL NIÑO)

2014, Daniel Monzón, Spain, 136 min. With Luis Tosar, Jesús Castro

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  • Sun, Mar 8th 4:30pm
  • Wed, Mar 11th 7:30pm

“Excitingly, this is the closest a Spanish film has yet come to replicating the high-grade adrenaline of Michael Mann and Paul Greengrass, its multiple action scenes carrying a raw, breathtaking immediacy and danger.”
— Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

Director Monzón, screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarría, and actor extraordinaire Tosar--the team behind the award-winning 2009 smash CELL 211--reunite for another superior blend of visceral thriller and complex character study. Changing pace from the claustrophobic prison drama of CELL 211, Monzón opens up here for a wide-ranging saga of drug-trafficking in and around the Strait of Gibraltar, centering on the collision course charted by a veteran cop (Tosar) obsessed with making a big bust and a young speedboat driver (Castro) hired as a runner for a Moroccan kingpin. One of Spain’s biggest box-office hits of 2014, THE KID raked in a whopping 16 Goya nominations. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital. (MR)

IN A FOREIGN LAND

(EN TIERRA EXTRAÑA)

2014, Icíar Bollaín, Spain, 72 min.

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  • Sat, Mar 21st 7:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 24th 6:00pm

“Profoundly moving…Bollaín’s humane and impassioned documentary deserves to be seen far and wide.”
— Rebecca Naughten, Eye for Film

Actress-turned-director Bollaín (TAKE MY EYES, EVEN THE RAIN) has established herself as one of the leading Spanish filmmakers of recent times, specializing in powerful dramas centered on outsiders and filled with political bite. She carries over those qualities into her first documentary, which examines how the recent financial crisis has forced hundreds of thousands of young Spaniards, many of them highly educated professionals, to take unskilled jobs in foreign countries. 20,000 of those economic exiles have ended up in Edinburgh, Scotland (where Bollaín herself now lives), and she uses their stories to illustrate the plight of a generation betrayed, struggling with the peculiar double-life of exile, and in some cases, channeling their anguish and anger into the stuff of political protest and impassioned art. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital. (MR)

LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED

(VIVIR ES FÁCIL CON LOS OJOS CERRADOS)

2013, David Trueba, Spain, 108 min.

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  • Fri, Mar 13th 6:00pm
  • Sun, Mar 15th 3:00pm

“Smart and delightful...Trueba captures it all with a lilting grace worthy of the Beatles at their most enchanting and perspicacious.”
— Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

The film that swept Spain’s Goya Awards in 2014, LIVING deftly blends a high-spirited road movie, a heartfelt tribute to the Beatles, and a stirring rebuke to Franco-era repression. Based on a true story, the film centers on a schoolteacher/Beatles enthusiast (Cámara of TALK TO HER) who finds the Fab Four’s songs an invaluable teaching tool and who journeys to the Almería location of Richard Lester’s HOW I WON THE WAR in the hope of imparting advice to his idol John Lennon. En route, he crosses paths with two young outcasts--a runaway teenage boy and a pregnant single girl--and together they embark on a quest that might seem Quixotic but might also signal the stirrings of a new day for Spain. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Outsider Films. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Magical Girl

2014, Carlos Vermut, Spain, 127 min.<br>With Luis Bermejo, Bárbara Lennie

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  • Sat, Mar 28th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 1st 7:30pm

“A skillfully-plotted web of intrigue with a trio of assured, dynamic central performances.”
— Steve Greene, Indiewire

“Absurd yet oddly realistic, funny, strange and unnerving, MAGICAL GIRL finds a perfect balance.”
— Shelagh Rowan-Legg,

Winner for Best Picture and Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and nominated for seven Goya Awards, MAGICAL GIRL confirms the talent displayed by director Vermut in his acclaimed first feature DIAMOND FLASH. Constantly confounding our expectations, the film overlaps three plotlines: an unemployed teacher (Bermejo) who wants to fulfill his terminally ill daughter’s impossible wish; a masochistic housewife (Lennie) who is both victim and femme fatale; and a former math teacher (José Sacristán) whose secret connection to her brings the story to a devastating full circle. Laced with black humor and pointed references to Spain’s economic woes, MAGICAL GIRL is a dark, twisted film-noir fairy tale whose moral might be: “Be careful what you wish for; someone else might find out about it.” In Spanish with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pragda. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)