7th Floor is a 2013 Argentine-Spanish mystery film co-written and directed by Patxi Amezcua. The film stars Belén Rueda. Mammy Sebastián is a successful lawyer in Buenos Aires; when his two children mysteriously disappear, he has to do everything in his power to find them. Ricardo Darín as Sebastián Belén Rueda as Delia Luis Ziembrowski as Miguel Osvaldo Santoro as Rosales Guillermo Arengo as Rubio Jorge D'Elía as Goldstein The film was a box-office success in the Hispanic world and received mixed reviews from critics. Jonathan Holland from The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It’s clear from watching 7th Floor that the primary aim at the planning stage was to generate suspense. There’s enough in the fact of a father losing his kids to sustain the first hour, but once the question of the kids’ location has been solved Alejo Flah's script runs into all sorts of thoughtless credibility issues which only the most undemanding viewer will be prepared to excuse. “Don’t use your phone,” Rosales instructs Sebastian, he doesn’t.
So why does it runs out of battery at an inappropriate moment?". At the Miami International Film Festival, the film competed for the "Grand Jury Prize". 7th Floor on IMDb
Savage Grace is a 2007 drama film directed by Tom Kalin and written by Howard A. Rodman, based on the book Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson; the story is based on the dysfunctional incestuous relationship between heiress and socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland and her son, Antony. The film stars Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Elena Anaya, Hugh Dancy, it was an official selection at the 2007 London Film Festival, the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on the true story of Barbara Daly Baekeland, her husband Brooks Baekeland, heir to the Bakelite plastics fortune, their only child Antony, diagnosed with schizophrenia; the story begins with Antony's birth and follows the family to the time of his arrest for the murder of his mother. Critics gave the film mixed reviews; the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 38% of approval, based on 89 reviews — the consensus reads "though visually compelling, the lamentable characters in Savage Grace make for difficult viewing."
Metacritic, another review aggregator, reported the film had an average score of 51 out of 100, based on 28 reviews. Peter Bradshaw writing in The Guardian gave the film four out of five stars, describing it as "a gripping, coldly brilliant and tremendously acted movie." Savage Grace was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay in 2008. After the film opened, Baekeland's former lover, Samuel Adams Green, wrote an article pointing out that elements in the film were factually inaccurate. Referring to the ménage à trois scene of Barbara and Sam having sex, he wrote: It is true that 40 years ago I did have an affair with Barbara, but I never slept with her son... Nor am I bisexual.... She started telling people she had had an incestuous relationship with her son as a way of "curing" him of homosexuality... But I don't believe. I think she enjoyed shocking people. Green took legal action against the film makers, still unresolved at the time of his death. Savage Grace on IMDb Savage Grace at AllMovie Savage Grace at Box Office Mojo
Spain the Kingdom of Spain, is a country located in Europe. Its continental European territory is situated on the Iberian Peninsula, its territory includes two archipelagoes: the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. The African enclaves of Ceuta, Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera make Spain the only European country to have a physical border with an African country. Several small islands in the Alboran Sea are part of Spanish territory; the country's mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar. With an area of 505,990 km2, Spain is the largest country in Southern Europe, the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, the fourth largest country in the European continent. By population, Spain is the fifth in the European Union. Spain's capital and largest city is Madrid. Modern humans first arrived in the Iberian Peninsula around 35,000 years ago. Iberian cultures along with ancient Phoenician, Greek and Carthaginian settlements developed on the peninsula until it came under Roman rule around 200 BCE, after which the region was named Hispania, based on the earlier Phoenician name Spn or Spania.
At the end of the Western Roman Empire the Germanic tribal confederations migrated from Central Europe, invaded the Iberian peninsula and established independent realms in its western provinces, including the Suebi and Vandals. The Visigoths would forcibly integrate all remaining independent territories in the peninsula, including Byzantine provinces, into the Kingdom of Toledo, which more or less unified politically and all the former Roman provinces or successor kingdoms of what was documented as Hispania. In the early eighth century the Visigothic Kingdom fell to the Moors of the Umayyad Islamic Caliphate, who arrived to rule most of the peninsula in the year 726, leaving only a handful of small Christian realms in the north and lasting up to seven centuries in the Kingdom of Granada; this led to many wars during a long reconquering period across the Iberian Peninsula, which led to the creation of the Kingdom of Leon, Kingdom of Castile, Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Navarre as the main Christian kingdoms to face the invasion.
Following the Moorish conquest, Europeans began a gradual process of retaking the region known as the Reconquista, which by the late 15th century culminated in the emergence of Spain as a unified country under the Catholic Monarchs. Until Aragon had been an independent kingdom, which had expanded toward the eastern Mediterranean, incorporating Sicily and Naples, had competed with Genoa and Venice. In the early modern period, Spain became the world's first global empire and the most powerful country in the world, leaving a large cultural and linguistic legacy that includes more than 570 million Hispanophones, making Spanish the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese. During the Golden Age there were many advancements in the arts, with world-famous painters such as Diego Velázquez; the most famous Spanish literary work, Don Quixote, was published during the Golden Age. Spain hosts the world's third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Spain is a secular parliamentary democracy and a parliamentary monarchy, with King Felipe VI as head of state.
It is a major developed country and a high income country, with the world's fourteenth largest economy by nominal GDP and sixteenth largest by purchasing power parity. It is a member of the United Nations, the European Union, the Eurozone, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Ibero-American States, the Union for the Mediterranean, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Schengen Area, the World Trade Organization and many other international organisations. While not an official member, Spain has a "Permanent Invitation" to the G20 summits, participating in every summit, which makes Spain a de facto member of the group; the origins of the Roman name Hispania, from which the modern name España was derived, are uncertain due to inadequate evidence, although it is documented that the Phoenicians and Carthaginians referred to the region as Spania, therefore the most accepted etymology is a Semitic-Phoenician one.
Down the centuries there have been a number of accounts and hypotheses: The Renaissance scholar Antonio de Nebrija proposed that the word Hispania evolved from the Iberian word Hispalis, meaning "city of the western world". Jesús Luis Cunchillos argues that the root of the term span is the Phoenician word spy, meaning "to forge metals". Therefore, i-spn-ya would mean "the land where metals are forged", it may be a derivation of the Phoenician I-Shpania, meaning "island of rabbits", "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean. The word in question means "Hyrax" due to Phoenicians confusing the two animals. Hispania may derive from the poetic use of the term Hesperia, reflecting the Greek perception of Italy as a "western land" or "land of the setting sun" (Hesperia
Julia's Eyes is a 2010 Spanish thriller film directed by Guillem Morales and written by Morales and Oriol Paulo. It was produced by Joaquín Padró and Mar Targarona. Tormented by an unseen presence, a blind woman, prepares to hang herself in her basement, but changes her mind; as she tries to remove the noose, the stool beneath her is kicked away. Miles away, Sara's twin sister, collapses, sensing something amiss. Julia, who has the same degenerative disease but can still see, is tormented by Sara's death and by the feeling of another presence nearby, she insists. Her husband, insists she stop investigating, as her doctor has informed him that Sara had eye surgery, not successful. Julia meets Sara's elderly blind neighbor Soledad, who has a pessimistic view that Isaac will leave her, as Soledad's own son, Ángel, abandoned her after she went blind. After hearing that Sara had a boyfriend and they visited a hotel nearby, Julia goes there with Isaac, she is approached by an elderly janitor, Créspulo, who warns her of "men who live in shadows," who are dangerous because they are tired of being ignored.
Isaac disappears and Julia is convinced that the "invisible man" has kidnapped him, though the police are skeptical. Someone kills Créspulo. Julia's eyesight continues to deteriorate; when Julia and the inspector return to Sara's house, the inspector discovers a suicide note and Isaac's body. Julia, now blind, cannot see anything. A grieving Julia learns Isaac's suicide note declared he loved Sara, with whom he had been having an affair for six months. However, an eye donor is found, so the operation to save Julia's sight goes ahead, she is told she must wear bandages to protect her eyes from light for two weeks, the morgue agrees to keep Isaac's body so she can see him to say goodbye. She returns to Sara's house with the daily help of Iván. Julia is convinced that somebody is lurking in the house. Four days before Julia is due to remove her bandages, an unseen man succeeds in drugging Julia while she sleeps, she flees to a neighbour, who makes advances on her. She escapes, paging Iván, who escorts her to his apartment.
While Iván is out, Julia hears the voice of Blasco's shy daughter, Lía, who tells her that Iván is the "invisible man" who tormented and blinded Sara by ruining her operation, forced Isaac to write the fake suicide note before killing him, has walls covered with photographs of Julia and Sara. Julia hides in the bathroom where, four days early, she tears off her bandages, desperate to see. Julia exits the bathroom and sees Iván's walls covered with photographs of the twins as well as Lía's bloodied body. Iván returns to the apartment, where Julia pretends that she is crying because her operation has failed, he believes her momentarily before leading her to the body of the real Iván. Ángel tells her he loves her and wants them to be together as long as her sight is gone, as since blind women are the only ones who need him. "Iván" drives Julia back to Sara's. "Iván" chases her and addresses Soledad as Mom, revealing himself as Ángel. A candle and glasses betray the fact that Soledad is not blind as she knocks Julia out, at which point an enraged Ángel attacks his mother and blinds her.
Julia manages to contact the police. She uses a flashlight to show the police a bloodied Ángel hiding in a corner of the room. Visible, he slits his own throat. At the hospital, Julia is told. Using her last few hours of vision, she says goodbye to Isaac's corpse, as it is revealed that he donated his eyes to her. Belén Rueda as Julia Levin/Sara Lluís Homar as Isaac Francesc Orella as Inspector Dimas Pablo Derqui as Ángel Julia Gutiérrez Caba as Soledad Daniel Grao as Dr. Román Boris Ruiz as Blasco Joan Dalmau as Créspulo Andrea Hermosa as Lía Blasco Carlus Fàbrega as Subinspector Dani Codina as Iván Clara Segura as Mina Laura Barbaas Dela Guillermo del Toro worked a second time as producer for a Spanish genre production and co-produced the film with Joaquín Padró and Mar Targarona for Rodar y Rodar Cine y Televisión; the film starred Lluís Homar. Guillem Morales wrote the screenplay co-authored with Oriol Paulo; the film was co-financed by Focus Features International. The score was created by Barcelona based film composer Fernando Velázquez.
The film premiered on 20 October 2010 in Spain. It was released in the United Kingdom as Julia's Eyes by Optimum Releasing. In Australia it was released as Julia's Eyes by Umbrella Entertainment on 2 June 2011. Julia's Eyes received positive reviews, it holds received a 92% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. Philip French of The Guardian wrote, "Using blindness as a plot device, a metaphor for social awareness and as a numinous experience that romantically links minds, it's a fascinating, broken-backed picture full of riveting twists and dubious psychology." Charlotte O'Sullivan of the London Evening Standard praised the film and Rueda in particular, writing, "Rueda is a fantastic actress wound, but never brittle. From the minute she's on screen we identify with Julia's plight."Philippa Hawker of The Age wrote, "Julia's Eyes becomes a little incoherent as it plunges towards resolution, but it's unerringly stylish and whole-heartedly suspenseful alo
Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology, it has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet. A ballet, a work, consists of the music for a ballet production. Ballets are performed by trained ballet dancers. Traditional classical ballets are performed with classical music accompaniment and use elaborate costumes and staging, whereas modern ballets, such as the neoclassical works of American choreographer George Balanchine are performed in simple costumes and without the use of elaborate sets or scenery.
Ballet is a French word which had its origin in Italian balletto, a diminutive of ballo which comes from Latin ballo, meaning "to dance", which in turn comes from the Greek "βαλλίζω", "to dance, to jump about". The word came into English usage from the French around 1630. Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the sixteenth centuries. Under Catherine de' Medici's influence as Queen, it spread to France, where it developed further; the dancers in these early court ballets were noble amateurs. Ornamented costumes were meant to impress viewers, but they restricted performers' freedom of movement; the ballets were performed in large chambers with viewers on three sides. The implementation of the proscenium arch from 1618 on distanced performers from audience members, who could better view and appreciate the technical feats of the professional dancers in the productions. French court ballet reached its height under the reign of King Louis XIV. Louis founded the Académie Royale de Danse in 1661 to establish standards and certify dance instructors.
In 1672, Louis XIV made Jean-Baptiste Lully the director of the Académie Royale de Musique from which the first professional ballet company, the Paris Opera Ballet, arose. Pierre Beauchamp served as Lully's ballet-master. Together their partnership would drastically influence the development of ballet, as evidenced by the credit given to them for the creation of the five major positions of the feet. By 1681, the first "ballerinas" took the stage following years of training at the Académie. Ballet started to decline in France after 1830, but it continued to develop in Denmark and Russia; the arrival in Europe of the Ballets Russes led by Sergei Diaghilev on the eve of the First World War revived interest in the ballet and started the modern era. In the twentieth century, ballet had a wide influence on other dance genres, Also in the twentieth century, ballet took a turn dividing it from classical ballet to the introduction of modern dance, leading to modernist movements in several countries. Famous dancers of the twentieth century include Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, Margot Fonteyn, Rosella Hightower, Maria Tall Chief, Erik Bruhn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland, Natalia Makarova, Arthur Mitchell.
Stylistic variations and subgenres have evolved over time. Early, classical variations are associated with geographic origin. Examples of this are Russian ballet, French ballet, Italian ballet. Variations, such as contemporary ballet and neoclassical ballet, incorporate both classical ballet and non-traditional technique and movement; the most known and performed ballet style is late Romantic ballet. Classical ballet is based on vocabulary. Different styles have emerged in different countries, such as French ballet, Italian ballet, English ballet, Russian ballet. Several of the classical ballet styles are associated with specific training methods named after their creators; the Royal Academy of Dance method is a ballet technique and training system, founded by a diverse group of ballet dancers. They merged their respective dance methods to create a new style of ballet, unique to the organization and is recognized internationally as the English style of ballet; some examples of classical ballet productions are: the Nutcracker.
Romantic ballet was an artistic movement of classical ballet and several productions remain in the classical repertoire today. The Romantic era was marked by the emergence of pointe work, the dominance of female dancers, longer, flowy tutus that attempt to exemplify softness and a delicate aura; this movement occurred during the early to mid-nineteenth century and featured themes that emphasized intense emotion as a source of aesthetic experience. The plots of many romantic ballets revolved around spirit women who enslaved the hearts and senses of mortal men; the 1827 ballet La Sylphide is considered to be the first, the 1870 ballet Coppélia is considered to be the last. Famous ballet dancers of the Romantic era include Marie Taglioni, Fanny Elssler, Jules Perrot. Jules Perrot is known for his choreography that of Giselle considered to be the most celebrated romantic ballet. Neoclassical ballet is abstract, with no clear plot, costumes or scenery. Music choice can be diverse and will include music, neoclassical.
32nd Goya Awards
The 32nd Goya Awards were presented at the Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel in Madrid on February 3, 2018 to honour the best in Spanish films of 2017. Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla hosted the awards ceremony. Nominations were announced on 13 December 2017 by Bárbara Lennie. Giant received the most nominations followed by The Bookshop with twelve nominations; the Bookshop won Best Film, as well as Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, but Giant won the most awards, with ten awards, including Best Original Screenplay. Marisa Paredes The fashion designer David Delfín, who died on 3 June 2017, the actress Amparo Pacheco, who died on 27 April 2017, were not included in the In Memoriam section of the ceremony, protested by some of their relatives. Official site
34th Saturn Awards
The 34th Saturn Awards, honoring the best in science fiction and horror film and television in 2007 were presented on June 24, 2008 in Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Below is a complete list of winners. Winners are highlighted in boldface. Note: The above category was omitted from the Saturn Awards press release as issued on June 24, 2008, but was added to a corrected press release and website update on June 26. Guillermo del Toro Tim & Donna Lucas Fred Barton Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. Matt Reeves for Cloverfield; the Official Saturn Awards Site