Di Di Hollywood
Di Di Hollywood is a 2010 drama film, written and produced by Bigas Luna. It stars Elsa Pataky, Peter Coyote, Paul Sculfor, it was released in Spain on 15 October 2010. Diana Diaz works at a bar in Madrid, who wants to be famous, sets off for Miami; when she arrives, she meets Robert, the pair head to Hollywood, willing to do anything to become famous. Once there, she meets agent Michael McLean, he gives her false hopes of becoming famous. But she discovers he just wants to use her as a beard for gay actor, Steve Richards. Elsa Pataky as Diana Diaz "Di Di" Peter Coyote as Michael Stein Paul Sculfor as Steve Richards Giovanna Zacaría as Nora Luis Hacha as Robert Flora Martínez as María Jean-Marie Juan as David Leonardo García as Aldo Ben Temple as Richard Low Ana Soriano as Madre de Diana Filming took place in Madrid, Spain. Filming was shot from October - November 2009. "Where No Endings End" by Keren Ann "Time of Our Lives" by Gram Rabbit "Sad Song" by Au Revoir Simone "Loba" by Shakira "La Vie en rose" by Louis Armstrong "In My Book" by Gram Rabbit "Heidi's Theme" by Decoder Ring "Candy Flip" by Gram Rabbit "Azabache" by Lucas Masciano "Amor y lujo" by Mónica Naranjo "Curtain Up" by John Cacavas "Fiera inquieta" by Nicolas Uribe "If I Were A Boy" by Kym Mazelle "One Way or Another" by Blondie Variety reviewed is as "the script proves unable to make Di Di’s journey interesting or credible, while the uncharismatic Pataky is unconvincing as star material."
Di Di Hollywood on IMDb
My Name Is Juani
My Name Is Juani is a 2006 Spanish drama film written and directed by Bigas Luna. Juani comes from a poor background, having grown up in a poor suburban village of Spain, she has problems at home and argues incessantly with her boyfriend, with whom she has been since she was 15. Soon his infidelity and overall uselessness, as well as the limitations of her poor and small town, become unbearable for Juani, a girl with big dreams and aspirations, she and her best friend leave for Madrid in search of a better life. At first the big city, a complete opposite of their hometown, couldn't seem to be a better place for their adolescent expectations of life, but their naïve dreams are soon shattered by the ruthlessness of their dream city. In a visit home Juani decides she will not return to Madrid, will instead come back to old relationships and live again in her parents' house, she expresses these sentiments to her mother who tells her that she loves Juani's father, but always asks herself what her life would have been like had she left, like Juani.
After speaking to her mother Juani realizes that she can not give up just because she has been having a hard time in Madrid. In a tearful finale, she decides to return to Madrid with less naïve expectations, hoping to escape the abusive relationship she has with her boyfriend and the future she would have were she to stay in her town; the moral of the story becomes clear: never forget what you set out to get, despite the struggles that come your way, never give up on your dreams. Sant Jordi Awards Best Spanish Actress Goya Awards Best New Actress Spanish Actors Union Newcomer Award – Female My Name Is Juani on IMDb
Melilla is a Spanish autonomous city located on the north coast of Africa, sharing a border with Morocco, with an area of 12.3 km2. Melilla is one of two permanently inhabited Spanish cities in mainland Africa, the other being Ceuta, it was part of the Province of Málaga until 14 March 1995, when the city's Statute of Autonomy was passed. Melilla, like Ceuta, was a free port. In 2011 it had a population of 78,476, made up of Catholics of Iberian origin, ethnic Riffian Berbers and a small number of Sephardic Jews and Sindhi Hindus. Spanish and Riffian-Berber are the two most spoken languages, with Spanish as the only official language. Melilla, like Ceuta, is claimed by Morocco; the current Berber name of Melilla is Mřič or Mlilt, which means the "white one". Melilla was an ancient Berber village and a Phoenician and Punic trade establishment under the name of Rusadir, it became a part of the Roman province of Mauretania Tingitana. Rusaddir is mentioned by Ptolemy and Pliny who called it "oppidum et portus" cited by Mela as Rusicada, by the Itinerarium Antonini.
Rusaddir was supposed to have once been the seat of a bishop, but there is no record of any bishop of the supposed see, not included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees. As centuries passed, it went through Vandal and Hispano-Visigothic hands; the political history is similar to that of towns in the region of the Moroccan Rif and southern Spain. Local rule passed through Amazigh, Punic, Umayyad, Almoravid, Almohad and Wattasid rulers. During the Middle Ages, it was the Berber city of Mlila, it was part of the Kingdom of Fez when the Catholic Monarchs, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon requested Juan Alfonso Pérez de Guzmán, 3rd Duke of Medina Sidonia, to take the city. In the Conquest of Melilla, the duke sent Pedro Estopiñán, who conquered the city without a fight in 1497, a few years after Castile had taken control of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, the last remnant of Al-Andalus, in 1492. Melilla was threatened with reconquest and was besieged during 1694–1696 and 1774–1775.
One Spanish officer reflected, "an hour in Melilla, from the point of view of merit, was worth more than thirty years of service to Spain."The current limits of the Spanish territory around the fortress were fixed by treaties with Morocco in 1859, 1860, 1861, 1894. In the late 19th century, as Spanish influence expanded, Melilla became the only authorized centre of trade on the Rif coast between Tetuan and the Algerian frontier; the value of trade increased, goat skins and beeswax being the principal exports, cotton goods, tea and candles being the chief imports. In 1893, the Rif Berbers launched the First Melillan campaign and 25,000 Spanish soldiers had to be dispatched against them; the conflict was known as the Margallo War, after the Governor of Melilla and Spanish General Juan García y Margallo, killed in the battle. In 1908 two companies, under the protection of Bou Hmara, a chieftain ruling the Rif region, started mining lead and iron some 20 kilometers from Melilla. A railway to the mines was begun.
In October of that year the Bou Hmara's vassals revolted against him and raided the mines, which remained closed until June 1909. By July the workmen were again attacked and several of them killed. Severe fighting between the Spaniards and the tribesmen followed, in the Second Melillan campaign. In 1910, with the Rif having submitted, the Spaniards restarted the mines and undertook harbor works at Mar Chica, but hostilities broke out again in 1911. In 1921 the Berbers under the leadership of Abd el Krim inflicted a grave defeat on the Spanish, were not defeated until 1926, when the Spanish Protectorate managed to control the area again. General Francisco Franco used the city as one of his staging grounds for his Nationalist rebellion in 1936, starting the Spanish Civil War. A statue of him – the last statue of Franco in Spain – is still prominently featured. On 6 November 2007, King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia visited the city, which caused a massive demonstration of support; the visit sparked protests from the Moroccan government.
It was the first time. Melilla have declared the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice, as an official public holiday from 2010 onward, it is the first time a non-Christian religious festival is celebrated in Spain since the Reconquista. Melilla is located in the northwest of the African continent, next to the Alboran Sea and across the sea from the Spanish provinces of Granada and Almería; the city layout is arranged in a wide semicircle around the beach and the Port of Melilla, on the eastern side of the peninsula of Cape Tres Forcas, at the foot of Mount Gurugú and the mouth of the Río de Oro, 1 meter above sea level. The urban nucleus was a fortress, Melilla la Vieja, built on a peninsular mound about 30 meters in height; the Moroccan settlement of Beni Ansar lies south of Melilla. The nearest Moroccan city is Nador, the ports of Melilla and Nador are both within the same bay. Since its Statute of Autonomy in 1995, the legislature has been called the Assembly and its leader the Mayor-President.
In the most recent election in 2011, the People's Party won 15 seats, maintaining the role
The Tit and the Moon
The Tit and the Moon is a 1994 Spanish/French film, directed by Bigas Luna. It entered the competition at the 51st Venice International Film Festival; the film is about a nine-year-old boy's obsession with women's breasts. Tete becomes jealous of his baby brother, breast fed by their mother. Tete goes on a personal mission to find the perfect pair of lactating breasts to feed on. Estrellita, a beautiful French dancer arrives in the answer to Tete's prayers. For Tete, Estrellita is the attention of many adult men's affections including her husband Maurice, an older man working as the other half of her travelling act, attractive Flamenco-singing teenager Miguel. With this amount of competition will Tete fulfil his wish? Biel Durán as Tete Mathilda May as Estrellita Gérard Darmon as Maurice Miguel Poveda as Miquel Abel Folk as Father Laura Mañá as Mare Genís Sánchez as Stallone Xavier Massé as El Abuelo Victoria Lepori as La de las tetas Xus Estruch as La madre de Stallone Jane Harvey as La Caballé Vanessa Isbert as Novia de Stallone Jordi Busquets as Cap Colla Salvador Anglada as Casteller Javier Bardem The Tit and the Moon on IMDb The Tit and the Moon at Rotten TomatoesReviewsReview of the UK Region 0 DVD at DVD Times
The Chambermaid on the Titanic
The Chambermaid on the Titanic is a 1997 French-Italian-Spanish drama film directed by Bigas Luna, starring Oliver Martinez, Romane Bohringer and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. It is based on the novel La Femme de chambre du Titanic by Didier Decoin; the film is known variously by its French title, La Femme de chambre du Titanic, by the shortened English title The Chambermaid, adopted in late August 1998 to avoid the impression that it was trying to cash in on the success of James Cameron's popular film, released the year before The Chambermaid on the Titanic made its US debut. In 1912, the protagonist, leads an uneventful life as a foundry worker in the Lorraine region of northern France with his wife, Zoe, "the most beautiful woman in town." The owner of the foundry where Horty works, lusts after Zoe. When Horty wins a company athletic contest, Simeon's prize is a ticket to Southampton to see the sailing of the RMS Titanic; the night before the Titanic departs, Horty meets a beautiful young woman named Marie, who explains that she is a chambermaid aboard the Titanic.
Marie has nowhere to sleep because all of the local hotels are full, Horty agrees to share his room. Their encounter is chaste, with Marie sleeping in the bed while Horty spends the night in the armchair. However, in the middle of the night Marie tries to seduce him. Whether or not she succeeds is ambiguous, she is gone when Horty awakes. Attending the departure of the Titanic, Horty spots a photographer taking a picture of Marie, asks the photographer for the photo. Upon returning home, Horty finds that he has been promoted, but this good news is dampened by rumors of an affair between his wife and the foundry owner, Simeon. A bitter and jealous Horty visits a local bar to drown his sorrows. Drunk, he tells friends and co-workers about the lovely chambermaid he met in Southampton, earning him free drinks and tips. Following the sinking of the Titanic, Horty's tales become erotic, the viewer is never sure what is truth and what is fantasy. Horty catches the attention of a traveling entertainer named Zeppe.
Zeppe offers Horty the chance to escape his dismal dreary life. Horty begins to work with Zeppe, converting his story into a play. One night, Zoe attends the play. However, Horty's story becomes more elaborate and romantic attracting a larger audience for each re-telling driving a wedge between him and his wife. Zoe demands a part in the performance, playing the role of Marie poignantly fighting against the waves after the Titanic sinks; the film ends by revealing. Olivier Martinez as Horty Aitana Sánchez-Gijón as Marie Romane Bohringer as Zoé Aldo Maccione as Zeppe Didier Bezace as Siméon Jean-Marie Juan as Pascal Arno Chevrier as Al Salvador Madrid as Léon Marianne Groves as Mathilde Didier Bénureau as Siméon's secretary Alberto Cassadie as Giovanni Giorgio Gobbi as Manu Yves Verhoeven as Gaspard Vincenzo De Caro as Lacroix Stefania Orsola Garello as Mimi Barbara Lerici as Blanche The Chambermaid on the Titanic received an 81% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 16 reviews. Mick LaSelle of the San Francisco Chronicle praised Chambermaid for what he felt was a rare honest portrayal of male sexuality.
He called it "a tribute to longing itself" saying that that made it "unique." Bill Gallo of the Dallas Observer called it "beautiful, complex overwrought" and "a rich meditation on the uses of imagination and the power of desire". However, Stephen Holden of the New York Times felt that the film "never finds a visual vocabulary to match the elegance of its ideas". Richard von Busack of Metro Silicon Valley criticised some of the casting, finding Aitana Sanchez-Gijon as Marie too obvious a temptress and never quite believing that Romane Bohringer as Zoe could have been unfaithful. However, he compared Chambermaid favourably to James Cameron's film Titanic saying The Chambermaid on the Titanic "is a smarter and far more elegant film" and that "it gets into the heart of the matter; the central question is not why did the great ship go down? but why do we love to tell stories about it?" Peter Keough of The Phoenix agreed saying, " treatment of the same themes of love and the redeeming power of fantasy is a lot more subtle and satisfying."
Jeff Vice of the Deseret News was unimpressed with the film feeling that the ending was "contrived" and that many of the cast seem "unsure of motivations". He felt that "the set pieces are bound to pale in comparison to those in Titanic." Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay 1997 Goya Award for Costume Design 1997 Golden Pyramid 1997, Bigas Luna Best Director 1997, Cairo International Film Festival, Bigas Luna CEC Award for Best Screenplay, adapted, 1997, Bigas Luna, Cuca Canals Turia Award for Best Actress 1998, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon La Femme de chambre du Titanic on IMDb Review in Variety
The Ages of Lulu
The Ages of Lulu is a 1990 Spanish erotic drama film written and directed by Bigas Luna and starring Francesca Neri, Óscar Ladoire, María Barranco and Javier Bardem. It is based on the homonymous novel by Almudena Grandes; the film is about the title character's life and sexual awakening in Madrid, which leads to her involvement in dangerous sexual experimentation. The fifteen-year-old Lulú is seduced by Pablo, her brother Marcelo's best friend, who leaves to work in the United States. Lulú is sustained for years by the belief; when he returns he proposes to her and they are married. Pablo and Lulú have a passionate relationship. On one nocturnal expedition they join up with a transgender prostitute called Ely who becomes their friend; the couple have Ines. Pablo convinces Lulú to participate blindfolded in a threesome. However, her own desire to play dangerous sex games now comes to consume her. After becoming aroused watching a gay porn movie, she seeks out gay men and pays them to join in orgies, or watch them having sex.
Unable to pay enough to satisfy her desires, she meets a pimp called Remy who runs a secret S&M club. Ely tries to warn Lulú that Remy is dangerous. Remy tells Lulú to go to a club, where she is tied up by Jimmy, a gay man she had paid for sex, she is forced to endure violent sex while gagged and bound. Ely tells Pablo, she goes to the club to rescue her, but is attacked by Jimmy and killed when her head hits a metal bar. Pablo calls the police, who arrest the others. Lulú and Pablo are reunited. Francesca Neri as Lulú Óscar Ladoire as Pablo María Barranco as Ely Javier Bardem as Jimmy Fernando Guillén Cuervo as Marcelo Rosana Pastor as Chelo Juan Graell as Remy Rodrigo Valverde as Pablito Pilar Bardem as Encarna Marta May as Lulú's mother Gloria Rodriquez as Cristina Ángel Jovè as Alicantino Ainara Pérez as Lulú as a child Juan Sala as Lulú's father Pepa Serrano as Flamenca The film is an adaptation of the international best-selling novel with the same name written by Almudena Grandes. Ángela Molina, cast in the lead role, withdrew when she learned how explicit the sex scenes were to be.
Javier Bardem has a uncredited role as a corrupt gay man, one of his first roles on screen. Neri is dubbed into Spanish by another actress; the film was cut in the UK by two minutes and 55 seconds by the BBFC. These cuts include an S&M orgy at a gay club being shortened, a man sexually touching Lulu and a sex scene. In addition to these cuts an opening scene in which Lulu is baptised as a baby was cut as the child's genitalia is exposed to camera; the 2002 UK DVD required 1:15 cuts for baptism scene. The Ages of Lulu was listed on Film4's 50 Sexiest Film Moments. María Barranco won the Goya Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a transsexual prostitute; the Ages of Lulu was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in December 2011. The DVD is compatible with region code 4; the Ages of Lulu on IMDb
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