Agnosia (Eugenio Mira, 2010)
Synopsis –A young woman (Bárbara Goenaga) with a condition (agnosia) that means that she cannot recognise faces becomes a target in a plot to steal a scientific secret of her father’s. Key point gleaned from the trailer: the actors playing her fiancé (Eduardo Noriega) and one of the household servants (Félix Gómez) have been made to look physically similar.
Reasons to see: The opulent setting (Barcelona at the end of the 19th century) combined with the components of a romance and the psychological thriller suggests a handsome and intriguing film.
Balada triste de trompeta / Sad Trumpet Ballad (Álex de la Iglesia, 2010)
Synopsis –A circus in 1973 becomes the battleground for a fight to the death between two clowns (Carlos Areces and Antonio de la Torre) for the love (and possession) of a dancer (Carolina Bang).
Reasons to see: de la Iglesia’s films are always worth seeing and the trailer for this one makes it look seriously unhinged. It sharply divided the critics when it was released in Spain –that kind of disparity of opinion is always interesting.
Pan negro / Black Bread (Agustí Villaronga, 2010)
Synopsis –in the post-Civil War years, a boy finds two dead bodies in the forest. When the authorities attempt to hang the blame on his father, the boy decides to find the real culprit but the pursuit of the truth is dangerous when adults are constructing lives based on lies.
Reasons to see: it’s the dark horse in this year’s Goya race (the 14 nominations it received took critics by surprise and gave it a new lease of life at the box office).
Una hora más en Canarias / One More Hour in the Canaries (David Serrano, 2010)
Synopsis –a guy (Quim Gutiérrez) goes on holiday with his new girlfriend, with his ex in hot pursuit. Comedy ensues.
Reasons to see: I like musical comedies (although admittedly the trailer doesn’t show much singing).