Monday, 30 May 2011

New poster for Blackthorn

Via Trailers y Estrenos

It's not my intention to post every new Spanish film poster that comes along but, as I've already posted those for La piel que habito and Extraterrestre, I thought that this one should also go up as it is another of the four forthcoming (in 2011) Spanish films that I'm most interested in.

In other news: Yes, it has been a bit slow on here recently (I've had to prioritise other things), but it should start to pick up again in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

International poster for Extraterrestre / Extraterrestrial

Via Nacho Vigalondo's twitter feed.
Extraterrestre was one of the four films I mentioned in my February post about forthcoming Spanish films that I am particularly looking forward to. There have been a couple of teaser posters but this is the first international poster I've seen. Some stills have also been released:

Via Quiet Earth (who also have other images).

Saturday, 21 May 2011

New poster for La piel que habito

Via tío Oscar

This is the new poster for Almodóvar’s La piel que habito (which looks like a photo from a distance but is actually a painting), and there are also new images and clips in circulation (for example, see La Katarsis del Cine Español). I’m not going to post much more about the film now until it has its release in the UK (which now looks like it will be the end of August rather than November) –I’m deliberately not reading the reviews coming out of Cannes because I’d rather go in knowing as little as possible. Nobody Knows Anybody will also be having an Almodóvar month closer to the UK release, so when the date seems a bit more concrete (it seems odd to me that we would get the film before Spain (where it has a September date)) I’ll post some details about that.
Fingers crossed tomorrow for Pedro & co. at Cannes.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

More random viewing

Clockwise from top left: Vacas (Julio Medem, 1992), Planes para mañana (Juana Macías, 2010), Herois / Héroes (Pau Freixas, 2010), and Escuchando al juez Garzón (Isabel Coixet, 2011).

Availability: Vacas (Medem’s directorial debut) seems to be OOP on DVD in the UK, but you can pick up secondhand copies on either Amazon or ebay and it is available to rent at Lovefilm. I watched the other three over at Filmin (yes, I’ve renewed my subscription –yay!) but Planes para mañana (the stories of four women interwoven around an accident –it gets more moving as the film progresses and the little details accumulate) and Héroes (a very likeable homage to 1980s kids-on-a-mission type films such as The Goonies) are available on DVD in Spain so you should be able to get hold of them via the methods outlined in the resources post. Escuchando al juez Garzón is currently only available on Filmin  –I think it’s still on the festival circuit, so I don’t know when it’ll be released more widely. I couldn’t follow everything in the documentary (no subtitles and a high-level conversation), but he’s an interesting man –seemingly involved in almost every major investigation in recent Spanish history (whether into corruption, terrorism, or GAL (the government-sponsored hit squad that went after ETA –on which subject read Paddy Woodworth’s fascinating book Dirty War, Clean Hands: ETA, the GAL and Spanish Democracy)), and is also the judge who issued the request for the arrest of Augusto Pinochet in London in 1998. He is currently suspended after allegedly over-stepping his powers by starting an investigation into Civil War deaths –the Guardian has a good summary of his career.

New Book Added to List

I have added this book to the list in Part One of the Books on Spanish Cinema posts [reasons for creating the list are explained in there]:

Davies, A. (ed.) (2010) –Spain on Screen: Developments in Contemporary Spanish Cinema, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9780230236202
This collection stems from a one-day symposium on contemporary Spanish cinema held at Newcastle University in July 2008. I was in the audience at that symposium and there were some very interesting discussions –these articles are mainly extended versions of the papers given that day (with a few written especially for this book).
Introduction: The Study of Contemporary Spanish Cinema –Ann Davies
Audiences, Film Culture, Public Subsidies: The End of Spanish Cinema? –Barry Jordan
Al mal tiempo, buena cara: Spanish Slackers, Time-images, New Media and the New Cinema Law –Rob Stone
Re-visions of Teresa: Historical Fiction in Television and Film –Paul Julian Smith
The Final Girl and Monstrous Mother of El orfanato –Ann Davies
Ensnared Between Pleasure and Politics: Looking for Chicas Bigas Luna, Re-viewing Bambola –Santiago Fouz-Hernández
Javier Bardem: Costume, Crime, and Commitment –Chris Perriam
Children of Exile: Trauma, Memory and Testimony in Jaime Camino’s Documentary Los niños de Rusia (2001) –Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars is part of an effort by the EU MEDIA programme to promote European cinema across the continent. Each national industry / member organisation of European Film Promotion (EFP) nominates an actor or actress who has had at least one ‘successful’ film and who the local industry believes to have a promising career ahead of them. Initially each member organisation chose two actors / actresses but as more film bodies joined the EFP this dropped down to one per country, and as of 2008 only ten individuals are chosen in total (the local industries make their submissions and these are whittled down to ten by a jury). The selected actors are presented to the world’s press at the Berlin Film Festival each year. [Yes, I know I’m more than a month behind the last one, but I saw a video interview with Spain’s Shooting Star for this year (Clara Lago) and this prompted me to write something about it]. The candidates from other European countries have included the likes of Daniel Craig (2000), Rachel Weisz (1998), Melanie Laurent (2007), Ludivine Sagnier (2001), and Daniel Brühl (2003). The full list of Spanish Shooting Stars is below –as you can see, the Spanish selectors have a good eye for talent.

1998 – Juan Diego Botto, Ingrid Rubio
1999 – Eduardo Noriega, Leonor Watling
2000 – Fele Martínez, Natalia Verbeke
2001 – Eloy Azorín
2002 – Enrique Alcides
2003 – Goya Toledo
2004 – Elena Anaya
2005 – Unax Ugalde
2006 – Marta Etura
2007 – Óscar Jaenada
2008 – n/a
2009 – Verónica Echegui
2010 – n/a
2011 – Clara Lago
The Cineuropa video interview with Clara Lago (in English) is here.