Magical Girl (film)
Magical Girl is a 2014 Spanish neo-noir film directed by Carlos Vermut. The film was screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2014 San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Shell, it won the Goya Award for Best Actress for Bárbara Lennie at the 29th Goya Awards ceremony. Luis, an unemployed literature teacher, tries to fulfill the last wish of his 12-year-old daughter Alicia, who's terminally ill of cancer: owning the official costume of anime series Magical Girl Yukiko; the elevated price of the costume makes Luis get into an unusual and obscure chain of blackmails that involves Damián and Bárbara, to changing their lives forever. José Sacristán as Damián Bárbara Lennie as Bárbara Luis Bermejo as Luis Israel Elejalde as Alfredo Lucía Pollán as Alicia Elisabet Gelabert as Ada Miquel Insua as Oliver Teresa Soria Ruano as Adela David Pareja as Javier Eva Llorach as Laura Lorena Iglesias as Psychologist Marisol Membrillo as Marisol Julio Arrojo as Driver Alberto Chaves as Shopkeeper Julián Génisson as Jewellery shop assistant Marina Andruix as Bárbara child María Martín Cuevas as Baby Carlos Vermut states that there are some little parts in the movie influenced by the popular magical girl series Sailor Moon.
However, in terms of story and dark style, they were influenced by the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Carlos stated, he noted "I received inspiration from the dark part of that "Madoka Magica", not just imitating, but matching it with the image I was thinking and putting it in Magical Girl." Magical Girl on IMDb
Long Vacations of 36
Long Vacations of 36 is a 1976 Spanish drama film directed by Jaime Camino dealing with the effects of Spanish Civil War on a bourgeois family trapped by the conflict in a tourist village near Barcelona. The film won three awards at the 26th Berlin International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Interfilm Award - Recommendation, UNICRIT Award - Honorable Mention; the original ending was cut by Spanish censorship of that time. The film ends with all the Republicans marching to exile, the fascist couple waiting at home. In the summer of 1936, the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, a bourgeois family with many children, spending their holiday near Barcelona, tries to remain neutral between the Republicans and the supporters of General Francisco Franco, but the war change the lives of all. Analía Gadé as Virginia Ismael Merlo as El Abuelo Ángela Molina as Encarna Vicente Parra as Paco Francisco Rabal as El Maestro José Sacristán as Jorge Charo Soriano as Rosita Concha Velasco as Mercedes José Vivó as Alberto Long Vacations of 36 on IMDb
Everyone Off to Jail
Todos a la cárcel is a 1993 Spanish comedy film directed by Luis García Berlanga. The script was written by Berlanga with his son Jorge Berlanga; the plot takes place in a prison in Valencia during the day of the inmate called Everyone to Jail, an event to reunite victims of the Francoist repression. A businessman tries to recover the 80 million pesetas that the administration owes him, the banker Cesar Muyagorri tries to obtain the freedom of his friend from Milan Tornicelli; the celebration gets complicated because some of those who were invited did not come and the death of father Rebolli and the welch shed of the participants and there is a prison riot. The banker manages to escape with the help of NATO security forces, but the businessman gives up his intention to claim what he is owed by the minister. José Sazatornil as Artemio José Sacristán as Quintanilla Agustín González as Director Manuel Alexandre as Modesto Rafael Alonso as Falangista Inocencio Arias as Casares José Luis Borau as Capellan Gaspar Cano as Realizador TV Luis Ciges as Ludo Joaquín Climent as Ministro Marta Fernández Muro as Matilde Juan Luis Galiardo as Muñagorri Antonio Gamero as Cerrillo Chus Lampreave as Chus Eusebio Lázaro as Alcaraz It won at the 1993 Goya Awards,'Best Director','Best Film' and'Best Sound'.
Todos a la cárcel on IMDb
Javier Ángel Encinas Bardem is a Spanish actor. Bardem won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the psychopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the 2007 Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men, he has received critical acclaim for roles in films such as Jamón, jamón, Carne trémula, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Boca a boca, Los lunes al sol, Mar adentro, Skyfall, for which he received both a BAFTA and a SAG nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem has won a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, five Goya Awards, two European Film Awards, a Prize for Best Actor at Cannes and two Volpi Cups at Venice for his work, he is the first Spanish actor to be nominated for an Oscar, as well as the first Spaniard to win one, for Best Supporting Actor in No Country for Old Men, 2008. He received his third Academy Award nomination, second Best Actor nomination, for the film Biutiful. Bardem was born in the Canary Islands, Spain, his mother, Pilar Bardem, is an actress, his father, José Carlos Encinas Doussinague, was a businessman involved in environmental work.
The two separated shortly after his birth and his mother raised him alone. Bardem comes from a long line of filmmakers and actors dating back to the earliest days of Spanish cinema. Both his older brother and sister, Carlos and Mónica, are actors, he comes from a political background, as his uncle Juan Antonio was imprisoned by Franco for his anti-fascist films. Bardem was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith by his grandmother; as a child, he spent time on film sets. At age six, he made his first film appearance, in Fernando Fernán Gómez's El Pícaro, he played rugby for the junior Spanish National Team. Though he grew up in a family full of actors, Bardem did not see himself going into the family business. Painting was his first love, he went on to study painting for four years at Madrid's Escuela de Artes y Oficios. In need of money he took acting jobs to support his painting, but he says he was a bad painter and abandoned that career pursuit. In 1989, for the Spanish comedy show El Día Por Delante, he had to wear a Superman costume for a comedic sketch, a job that made him question whether he wanted to be an actor at all.
Bardem has confessed to having worked as a stripper during his struggling acting career. Bardem came to notice in a small role in his first major motion picture, The Ages of Lulu, when he was 20, in which he appeared along with his mother, Pilar Bardem. Bigas Luna, the director of Lulu, was sufficiently impressed to give him the leading male role in his next film, Jamón Jamón in 1992, in which Bardem played a would-be underwear model and bullfighter; the film, which starred a teenaged Penélope Cruz, was a major international success. He starred again in Luna's next film Golden Balls. Bardem's talent did not go unnoticed in the English-speaking world. In 1997, John Malkovich was the first to approach him a 27-year-old, for a role in English, but the Spanish actor turned down the offer because his English was still poor, his first English-speaking role came that same year, in with director Álex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango, playing a santería-practicing bank robber. After starring in about two dozen films in his native country, he gained international recognition in Julian Schnabel's Before Night Falls in 2000, portraying Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas.
He received praise from his idol Al Pacino. For that role, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, the first for a Spaniard. After, he turned down the role of Danny Witwer in Minority Report which went to Colin Farrell. Instead, in 2002, Bardem starred in The Dancer Upstairs. Malkovich had Bardem in mind for the role of the detective's assistant, but the movie's taking so long to obtain financing gave Bardem time to learn English and take on the lead role of the detective. "I will always be grateful to him because he gave me my first chance to work in English", has said Bardem of Malkovich. Bardem won Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Mar Adentro, released in the United States as The Sea Inside, in which he portrayed the quadriplegic turned assisted suicide activist Ramón Sampedro, he made his Hollywood debut in a brief appearance as a crime lord who summons Tom Cruise's hitman to do the dirty work of dispatching witnesses in the crime drama Collateral.
He stars in Miloš Forman's 2006 film Goya's Ghosts opposite Natalie Portman, where he plays a twisted monk during the Spanish Inquisition. In 2007, Bardem acted in two film adaptations: the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men, the adaptation of the Colombian novel Love in the Time of Cholera with Giovanna Mezzogiorno by Gabriel García Márquez. In No Country for Old Men, he played Anton Chigurh. For that role, he became the first Spaniard to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Supporting Actor. Bardem's rendition of Chigurh's trademark word, "What business is it of yours where I'm from, friendo?" (in respo
La vaquilla is a 1985 Spanish comedy film written and directed by Luis García Berlanga. It was the first comedy made about the Spanish Civil War. During the Spanish Civil War on the Aragón frontline the speakers of the Nationalist troops announce a "Fiesta" in a nearby village which includes a bull run and religious procession. A group of Republican soldiers infiltrate the Nationalist side to steal the animal for two reasons. Brigada Castro, a professional Republican soldier. Mariano, a Republican soldier coming from a village across the frontline, where his girlfriend Guadalupe remained. Limeño, a Republican soldier, a bullfighter before the war. Chosen to kill the heifer, he is afraid of bulls. Lieutenat Broseta, a Republican officer, a hairdresser before the war, he threatens to punish failure with a complete head shave. Priest, a Republican soldier who became Catholic priest, he still remembers many mannierisms. Republican Colonel Guadalupe, daughter of a Republican and girlfriend of the absent Republican Mariano, she is dating a nationalist Alférez.
Nationalist Commander, has to deal with the local aristocrats. Juana, mother of Guadalupe, has to hide her Republican husband. Alférez, a Nationalist officer courting Guadalupe; the marquis is the local aristocrat. He tries to convince the commander to push the front so that all his enormous estate, falls in the Nationalist side, his "inherited" gout forbids him to walk. The film was shot in Sos del Rey Católico with many locals as extras. In 2009 the village homaged the surviving artists. La vaquilla on IMDb
Gijón International Film Festival
The Gijón International Film Festival is an annual film festival held in Gijón, a city in northwest Spain. The Festival's origins date back to 1963. In the beginning it was an initiative of the City Council of Gijón in co-operation with Caja de Ahorros de Asturias. Both entities co-operate with the first as organizer and the second as sponsor; the first year it was held. Between 1964 and 1968 it still kept the same name, only the last part, “children's”, was substituted by “for children”. Between 1969-1976 this last part stopped appearing in the Festival's name. From 1977 till 1978 it received the name Certamen Internacional de Cine para la Infancia y la Juventud. Although in 1986 the Festival began to put the text Gijón International Film Festival in front of its name, it was not until 1988 that it adopted this name; every year the Festival appoints a Young Jury made up of teens between 17–25 years among those, who request it. The present director, Alejandro Díaz Castaño, was elected in 2017 after a public tender to replace Nacho Carballo.
On May 1996 the Entidad Mercantil Artístico-Musical Teatro Municipal Jovellanos de Gijón, S. A. body in charge of the organization of the event together with the City Council, was founded, changed its name into Divertia S. A.. This institution is in charge of the theatre's running, the festivities department and the organization of the Film Festival. Throughout the years, some of the most prestigious professionals in independent filmmaking have attended the festival, such as Abbas Kiarostami, Aki Kaurismäki, Todd Haynes, Pedro Costa, Paul Schrader, João César Monteiro, Seijun Suzuki, Jem Cohen, Kenneth Anger, Ulrich Seidl, Hal Hartley, Lukas Moodysson, Tsai Ming-liang, Claire Denis, Todd Solondz, Bertrand Bonello, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Whit Stillman, Eugène Green or Philippe Garrel. Among the festival's national and international guests, either as members of the International Jury or presenting their films in the various sections of the festival, are John Cale, Maria Schneider, Monte Hellman, Nicolas Winding Refn, Darren Aronofsky, Víctor Erice, Isabel Coixet or Carla Simón.
Gijón International Film Festival comprises a series of events, such as courses, panel discussions, q&a’s and daily concerts, as well as live music parties. Since 2017, it organizes a series of activities for professionals, under the name of FICX Industry Days; the festival awards various prizes in its competitive sections and collaborates in other initiatives with an aim to promote Asturian filmmaking industry. Said awards are decided upon by an International Jury, a Young Jury and, since 2005, a FIPRESCI jury. Official site