Festival of New Spanish Cinema

  1. Festival of New Spanish Cinema

The Festival of New Spanish Cinema is back! And we’re sure you will find in its eight-film program the kinds of stories you were looking for: Double agents! Awkward family gatherings! Crazy and boozy nights gone wrong! Unconventional romances!

From November 5 through November 29, the third edition of this traveling festival will bring the latest works of Spanish filmmakers to the Gene Siskel Film Center: stunning debuts (ME TOO!, THREE DAYS WITH THE FAMILY) coincide with major works of renowned authors (THE ISLAND INSIDE, AFTER) in a program which celebrates the diversity and vitality of contemporary Spanish cinema.

For more information on the films in the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, please visit Pragda.

—Marta Sánchez

Special thanks to Marta Sánchez and María Adell of Pragda; Ignacio Olmos and Teresa Hernando of Instituto Cervantes de Chicago.

Special Offer: Dinner + Movies
Courtesy of Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! Get a ticket to any Festival of New Spanish Cinema movie + a dinner for the special price of $25. You will receive film admission and a gift certificate of $25 to spend on delicious Spanish food and wine while you talk about the exciting Spanish films. Available while supplies last.
Instituto Cervantes discount! Members of Instituto Cervantes pay discounted admission of $7 to any screening in the series with current Instituto Cervantes-issued card. Offer valid in-person only at the Film Center box office.
Saturday double-bill discount!

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for a Festival of New Spanish Cinema film (including ROOM IN ROME) on any Saturday in November, and get a ticket for a second Festival of New Spanish Cinema film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only.)



Sat, Nov 6th at 3:00pm
Mon, Nov 8th at 6:00pm
Average: 3.8 (5 votes)
  1. 2099, Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso, Spain, 93 min.
  2. With Alberto San Juan, Geraldine Chaplin

Previously known for their campy comedies (RATED R, CHILL OUT!), the once-married writing-directing team of Ayaso and Sabroso execute a bold change-of-pace with this unusual psychological drama that has been compared by critics to Almodóvar, Poe, and Bergman. As their schizophrenic father lies dying and their controlling mother (Chaplin) stands watch, three siblings reunite in the Canary Islands. The story flashes back to three days earlier, and we follow the unraveling lives of this massively dysfunctional family: Martin (San Juan), a college professor with an obsessive fixation on a student; Coral (Candela Peña), a maid sleeping with her employer's husband; and Gracia (Cristina Marcos), a soap-opera actress pregnant by the show's philandering star. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

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Sat, Nov 13th at 3:15pm
Mon, Nov 15th at 6:15pm
Average: 5 (2 votes)
  1. 2009, Edmon Roch, Spain, 88 min.

"A compelling, gracefully told account of an extraordinary Spanish double agent during WWII...Spain's hottest docu in years."
—Jonathan Holland, Variety

He was code-named "Garbo" because he was the world's best actor. He lived in utter obscurity, but he changed the course of World War II. Graham Greene's great spy novel Our Man in Havana has a real-life counterpart in the amazing story recounted by this entertaining and informative documentary. Operating first in Lisbon, then in London, the Spanish-born Garbo maintained a network of 27 imaginary agents and duped the Nazis into thinking that D-Day would occur at Calais rather than Normandy. His real identity was never known, and, after the war, he was reported to have died in Angola...but the filmmakers discovered that there were still a few twists left in the elusive Garbo's tale. In English, Spanish, Catalan, and German with English subtitles. Beta SP video. (MR)

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Sat, Nov 13th at 5:00pm
Mon, Nov 15th at 8:00pm
Average: 3.5 (2 votes)
  1. RABIA
  2. (aka RAGE)
  1. 2009, Sebastián Cordero, Spain/Mexico/Colombia, 96 min.
  2. With Gustavo Sánchez Parra, Martina García

One of the most unpredictable thrillers of recent years, RABIA begins as a Loachian critique of immigrant working conditions, then becomes a Hitchcockian murder drama, a Viscontian portrait of decadent wealth, a Buñuelian black comedy, a high-tension stalker film, and much more. A hot-headed Colombian construction worker in Spain murders his boss, then hides out, undetected but omnipresent, in the attic of the mansion where his girlfriend works as a maid. Parra's tour-de-force performance as the menacing yet pathetic anti-hero is matched by the tour-de-force camerawork that transforms the vast mansion into a virtual character in the film. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

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Sat, Nov 20th at 3:00pm
Mon, Nov 22nd at 8:00pm
Average: 3 (4 votes)
  1. AFTER
  1. 2009, Alberto Rodríguez, Spain, 116 min.
  2. With Guillermo Toledo, Tristán Ulloa, Blanca Romero

"Memorable...A devastating portrait of alienation in today's Spain."
—Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

"Acid noir with a flashy surface...from Alex Catalán's electric cinematography to Pepe Domínguez's seemingly limitless supply of groovy sets, which could make Almodóvar weep with envy."
—Robert Koehler, Variety

Director Rodríguez follows his well-received 7 VIRGINS with a coked-up, sexed-up, strobe-lit journey to the end of the night that evokes Bret Easton Ellis and Neil LaBute. Three childhood friends now facing their 40s hook up again for all-night bender that periodically winds back to fill in the backgrounds of their desperate lives. The top-notch cast includes Toledo of FERPEKT CRIME and ONLY HUMAN, Ulloa of SEX AND LUCIA and MATAHARIS, and newcomer Romero in a scorching debut as the sexually uninhibited pivot of the triangle. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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Sat, Nov 20th at 5:15pm
Wed, Nov 24th at 8:00pm
Average: 1 (1 vote)
  3. (aka THE CONDEMNED)
  1. 2009, Isaaki Lacuesta, Spain, 104 min.
  2. With Daniel Fanego, Arturo Goetz

"Hushed, intense, and admirable...a resonant parable"
—Jonathan Holland, Variety

A highly regarded documentary filmmaker, Lacuesta (THE LEGEND OF TIME, CRAVEN VS. CRAVEN) makes his first foray into fiction with this absorbing blend of mystery story and political parable. Martin (Fanego), a former South American guerrilla now living in Paris, reluctantly joins an expedition to find the grave of a martyred comrade. With the jungle looming in the background, and long-suppressed secrets threatening to explode, tensions arise regarding Martin's flight to Europe, the mixed legacy of the revolution to the younger generation, and the double-edged need to believe in heroes. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)

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Fri, Nov 26th at 8:15pm
Sat, Nov 27th at 3:15pm
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  1. 2009, Mar Coll, Spain, 86 min.
  2. With Nausicaa Bonnín, Eduard Fernández

"Coll keeps us rapt with the help of a swift-moving script, a set of exceptional performances and a camera that slides sneakily into all the places, emotional and geographical, that this buttoned-up family is so unwilling to go."
—Nina Caplan, Time Out London

Winner of the Goya Award for Best New Director, 28-year-old Mar Coll has fashioned one of the most impressive debuts in recent Spanish cinema with her semi-autobiographical tale that is short on melodrama but long on observant details. 21-year-old Léa has flunked out of college, and her boyfriend seems to be drifting away. The last thing she needs is a trip back to Barcelona to attend her grandfather's funeral, bringing her back among her catty cousins, heavy-drinking mother, emotionally distant father, and indiscreet novelist aunt--but their very weaknesses might give her the strength to find herself. In Catalan, Spanish, and French with English subtitles. Beta SP video. (MR)

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Sat, Nov 27th at 5:00pm
Mon, Nov 29th at 8:00pm
Average: 5 (1 vote)
  1. 2009, Adán Aliaga, Spain, 98 min.
  2. With Manuel Martínez, Marieta Orozco

"Beautiful, haunting and lyrical."
—Marina Antunes, Quiet Earth

Based on an acclaimed graphic novel and stunningly photographed in black-and-white widescreen, STIGMATA is an unusual and compelling film experience. A burly, taciturn, and heavy-drinking menial laborer, Bruno (well played by shot put champion Martínez) is troubled by disturbing but strangely beautiful dreams. One morning he awakes with inexplicable wounds on his hands that won't stop bleeding. Regarded as a saint by some, a monster by others, Bruno becomes even more of an outcast, his affliction sending him on a strange journey that includes a convent, a circus, a flood, and a devastating miracle. In Spanish with English subtitles. 35mm widescreen. (MR)

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