Raúl Arévalo Zorzo is a Spanish film actor and director, best known by international audiences for his role in the film Summer Rain, directed by Antonio Banderas. Arévalo began his acting career in 2001 performing the role of Carlos in the Spanish TV series Compañeros for two seasons, until 2002. In 2003 he made his film debut in Los abajo firmantes, starring alongside Javier Cámara and Juan Diego Botto; the following year he appeared in Cosas que hacen que la vida valga la pena, directed by Manuel Gómez Pereira. Between 2003 and 2005 he made appearances in the TV series Hospital Central, Cuéntame cómo pasó, Aída and Motivos personales. In 2006 he made his breakthrough performance as Israel/Sean, the lead character's best friend, in Dark Blue Almost Black, directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, his work in this film earned him several awards. That year he appeared on Antonio Banderas' second directorial effort Summer Rain, in 2007 in the musical/comedy Scandalous and Seven Billiard Tables, with Maribel Verdú.
He worked with Verdú in The Blind Sunflowers in 2008, in 2009 he appeared in Sánchez Arévalo's latest film, Gordos. For his performance in this film, he won a Goya film Award for best supporting actor in 2009's edition. In 2016 he made his directorial debut with the award-winning The Fury of a Patient Man, for which he won a Best New Director Goya film Award, he has appeared in several short films, including Traumalogy, as well as many stage productions. Cosas que Hacen que la Vida Valga la Pena as Seller Azuloscurocasinegro as Israel/Sean Summer Rain as Babirusa Scandalous as Utrera Make a Wish as Fidel Seven Billiard Tables as Fede 8 Dates as Jesús The Blind Sunflowers as Salvador Gordos as Álex The Last Circus Even the Rain Ghost Graduation I'm So Excited Marshland The Fury of a Patient Man Cien años de perdón The Warning Pain and Glory Me estoy quitando, by Juan Alberto Burgos La luz de la primera estrella, by Iñaki Martikorena Traumalogy, by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo La vida nuestra Raúl Arévalo on IMDb
Extraterrestrial (2011 film)
Extraterrestrial is a 2011 Spanish science-fiction romantic comedy directed by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Michelle Jenner, Julián Villagrán and Carlos Areces. It was filmed in Cantabria in northern Spain and premiered in Spain on March 23, 2012; the film was shown worldwide: at the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Film Festival of San Sebastián, the Sitges Film Festival in Sitges and the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Julio wakes up one morning in an apartment, unable to remember, he has a chance to speak to the girl he spent the previous evening with, when it becomes clear there is an alien spacecraft hanging over the city. Before long they discover that the next-door neighbor Ángel and Julia's boyfriend Carlos are both alive. Michelle Jenner as Julia Carlos Areces as Ángel Julián Villagrán as Julio Raúl Cimas as Carlos Miguel Noguera as TV presenter Extraterrestrial on IMDb Extraterrestrial at AllMovie Extraterrestrial at Metacritic Extraterrestrial at Rotten Tomatoes
Juan Diego (actor)
Juan Diego Ruíz Montejo, is a Spanish actor who has appeared on stage, in television and film productions since 1957. Among his leading roles are San Juan de la Cruz in La noche oscura, Cabeza de Vaca in Cabeza de Vaca, Cochero in Déjeme que le cuente, Gildo in La Vida que te espera. Among his awards is the Silver Biznaga for Best Actor for Smoking Room. Juan Diego 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
Province of Cádiz
Cádiz is a province of southern Spain, in the southwestern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is the southernmost part of mainland Spain, as well as the southernmost part of continental Europe, it is bordered by the Spanish provinces of Huelva, Málaga, as well as the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Strait of Gibraltar and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar. Its area is 7,385 square kilometers, its capital is the city of Cádiz, which has a population of more than 128,000. The largest city is Jerez de la Frontera with 208,896 inhabitants, another important city is Algeciras with just over 114,000 inhabitants; the entire province had a population of 1,240,175, of whom about 600,000 live in the Bay of Cádiz area. Its population density is 167.93 per square kilometer. The province encompasses 44 municipalities. According to a roster developed by the Council of Tourism and Sport of Andalusia on 27 March 2003, there are six traditional or touristic comarcas in the Province of Cádiz: Bahía de Cádiz Campiña de Jerez Campo de Gibraltar Bajo Guadalquivir La Janda Sierra de Cádiz This area comprises towns and cities on the shores of the Bay of Cádiz on the west-central coast of the province: Cádiz Chiclana El Puerto de Santa María Puerto Real San Fernando This fertile area only includes two municipalities, both large in area: Jerez de la Frontera San José del Valle The towns that extend into the rural hinterlands north of Gibraltar are: Algeciras Jimena de la Frontera Castellar de la Frontera San Roque La Línea de la Concepción Los Barrios Tarifa The towns of this area called the "Bajo Guadalquivir", are: Chipiona Rota Sanlúcar de Barrameda Trebujena Towns included in La Janda, an area in the southwestern part of the province, are: Alcalá de los Gazules Barbate Benalup-Casas Viejas Conil de la Frontera Medina Sidonia Paterna de Rivera Vejer de la Frontera Towns included in the Cádiz Mountains area, in the northeastern part of the province, include: Alcalá del Valle Algar Algodonales Arcos de la Frontera Benaocaz Bornos El Bosque El Gastor Espera Grazalema Olvera Prado del Rey Puerto Serrano Setenil de las Bodegas Torre Alháquime Ubrique Villaluenga del Rosario Villamartín Zahara de la Sierra The entire province of Cádiz has a Mediterranean climate, but with large differences in summer temperatures between the three official stations in Cádiz and Tarifa depending on position relative to the coastline.
Tarifa is exceptionally cool for such a southerly parallel in Europe, but winter temperatures are mild throughout the province with less difference between localities than in summer. Average yearly rainfall is 521 mm in Cádiz, 573 mm in Jerez, 603 mm in Tarifa; this is comparable to much cloudier climates further north in Europe, in spite of the high number of sunshine hours in the province. The Cádiz region is much wetter than the arid Almería province further east in Andalusia. In 2014 the unemployment rate was the highest in the country; the main industry is tourism from non-coastal Spanish cities and the UK. Its once-important shipbuilding industry is now in crisis due to competition from South Korea and China. There are factories of Delphi, it exports sherry as well as alimentary products. Sherry production John Harvey & Sons in Jerez de la Frontera Gonzalez Byass Olive groves Fishing Ports, as in Cádiz and Algeciras. Cork products from the Alcornocales cork-oak forests Navantia Airbus CASA Delphi Ford Cepsa Lufthansa CityLine Endesa Acerinox The province of Cádiz has many kilometers of beaches and the highest number of Blue Flags of all coastal provinces in Europe.
Some of these beaches are wild and far from big urban areas. One of the attractions of the area is its contrast to the mass tourism on the Mediterranean coast. There are extensive nature reserves in the region and the unspoilt feel of the area is heightened by the presence of wild animals including cows and horses on many stretches of beach; the Costa de la Luz has traditionally been a popular destination for Spaniards wanting to enjoy the beach while avoiding the stifling heat of the Mediterranean Coast, although until this unspoilt Atlantic coastline was little known to foreign visitors. One of the factors that brought the region to the attention of foreign holidaymakers was the growing realisation that its Southern reaches are one of the world's best locations for wind sports. Tarifa, located on the Strait of Gibraltar at the southernmost point of mainland Europe, has become Europe's foremost kitesurfing destination due to the area's unique wind phenomena, reliably sunny summer weather and the variety of beaches at locations such as Los Canos de Meca, Punta Paloma and, most famously, Playa de Los Lances where in the summer months you will see over 1,000 kites in the air.
The local economy has benefited from the wind sport explosion: there are more than 50 kite schools in Tarifa and hundreds of shops and hotels serving the many thousands of kitesurfers who visit every year. Notable beaches: Playa La Barrosa in Chiclana de la Frontera Playa La Victoria in Cádiz Playa de Levante in El Puerto de Santa María Playa de Bolonia in Tarifa Playa de Camposoto in San Fernando Los Canos de Meca Playa de Los Lances in Tarifa Carnival of Cádiz Feria de Jerez Semana Santa in all municipalities of the Province Horse racing in Sanlúcar de Barrameda Circuito Permanente de Jerez White T
Luis López Tosar is a Spanish actor and musician. He is one of the most recognizable and versatile actors in Spain, best known for the movies Cell 211, Take My Eyes, Sleep Tight, Even the Rain and Mondays in the Sun, he has a music group called "Di Elas". Born in Lugo, Spain on 13 October 1971, he began his career playing theater and shorts, but he became famous in Galicia by his performance in 1998 TV Series Mareas Vivas. Critically acclaimed for his supporting role in the unemployment drama Mondays in the Sun, abusive husband in Take My Eyes, an executive producer in Even the Rain, doorman in Sleep Tight, his most acclaimed performance has to be from his 2009 hit Cell 211 which stars Tosar as Malamadre, a prisoner that instigates a riot and befriends an undercover prison guard in the process, his only major role in an American film was Michael Mann's Miami Vice, starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Besides that he has appeared in other English films The Limits of Mr. Nice. In 2012 he dubbed George Washington for the videogame Assassin's Creed III.
On 17 November 2018 he received a star in Almeria Walk of Fame for the films El Toro. 1998 Atilano Presidente by Santiago Aguilar & Luis Guridi 1999 Flores de otro mundo by Icíar Bollaín Celos by Vicente Aranda 2000 El corazón del guerrero by Daniel Monzón Sé quien eres by Patricia Ferreira Leo by José Luis Borau La comunidad by Álex de la Iglesia Besos para todos by Jaime Chávarri El váter susurra by Rafael Calvo 2001 Lena by Gonzalo Tapia Sin noticias de Dios by Agustín Díaz Yanes Un asunto pendiente by José Manuel Quiroga 2002 Semana santa by Pepe Danquart Los lunes al sol by Fernando León de Aranoa Trece campanadas by Xavier Villaverde 2003 El lápiz del carpintero by Antón Reixa El regalo de Silvia by Dionisio Pérez Te doy mis ojos by Icíar Bollaín La flaqueza del bolchevique by Manuel Martín Cuenca La vida que te espera by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón 2004 Inconscientes by Joaquín Oristrell 2005 La noche del Hermano Aupa Etxebeste! by Asier Altuna & Telmo Esnal 2006 Miami Vice by Michael Mann Cargo by Clive Gordon Hotel Tívoli by Antón Reixa 2007 Las vidas de Celia by Antonio Chavarrías.
Casual Day by Max Lemcke 2008 La noche que dejó de llover by Alfonso Zarauza 2009 Celda 211 by Daniel Monzón The Limits of Control by Jim Jarmusch 2010 Even the Rain by Icíar Bollaín 18 Meals 2011 Crebinsky by Enrique Otero Sleep Tight 2012 Galaicus Operation E 2013 Que pena tu Familia A Gun in Each Hand 2014 A Night in Old Mexico El Niño Shrew's Nest by Álex de la Iglesia 2015 Retribution by Dani de la Torre Ma Ma 2016 Cien años de perdón by Daniel Calparsoro 1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines 2018 Yucatán by Daniel Monzón Gun City by Dani de la Torre Luis Tosar has won 3 Goya Awards considered as the Spanish equivalent of the Academy Awards. He has won the Málaga Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 Málaga Spanish Film Festival. 2012 Gaudí Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2010 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain Best Actor 2010 Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor 2010 Goya Awards Best Actor 2010 Premios ACE Cinema - Best Actor 2010 Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor 2010 Spanish Actors Union Lead Performance, Male 2005 Cartagena Film Festival Best Actor 2004 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain Best Actor for: Take My Eyes and The Weakness of the Bolshevik 2004 Copenhagen International Film Festival Best Actor 2004 Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor 2004 Goya Awards Best Actor 2003 San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actor 2004 Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor 2004 Spanish Actors Union Lead Performance, Male 2004 Turia Awards Best Actor 2003 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain Best Supporting Actor 2003 Goya Awards Best Supporting Actor 2003 Sant Jordi Awards Best Spanish Actor 2003 Spanish Actors Union Supporting Performance, Male Luis Tosar on IMDb
Lluís Homar i Toboso is a Spanish actor and theater director from Barcelona. He is best known for his roles in Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education and Broken Embraces, in Emilio Aragón's Paper Birds, for his portrayal of the robot Max in Kike Maíllo's film Eva. Homar was born on 20 April 1957 in Barcelona, he studied primary education at Escuelas Homar in Horta, a neighbourhood of Barcelona, was an altar boy at the church of Sant Joan d’Horta. He studied law in the Autonomous University of Barcelona and took some courses at Institud del Teatre of Barcelona. In 1974, he participated in a production of Othello with director Angel Carmona. A year he joined the theatre group Teatre del Escorpi and appeared in their plays including Terra Baixa and Quiriquibú. In 1976, Homar joined with other actors to fund the cooperative theatre company Teatre Lliure of Barcelona, where he took part in over 30 plays and was artistic director from 1992–1998. During this time, Homar appeared in numerous TV commercials, had minor roles in TV series such as Llibre dels fets del bon rei en Jaume and Lletres catalanes.
Homar appeared on the big screen in the 1981 film based on Mercé Rodoreda's novella The Time of the Doves, where he played the male lead opposite Silvia Munt. This was followed by roles in the films Bad Education and Broken Embraces, both directed by Pedro Almodovar, to the lead role of pope Alejandro VI in Antonio Hernandez's film Los Borgia. Homar's portrayal of the caring household robot Max in the sci-fi film Eva, directed by Kike Maíllo, brought him both the 2011 Goya Award and Gaudi Award for Best Supporting Actor, he received critical acclaim for his performance as King Juan Carlos I in the Spanish TV production 23-F: El dia mas dificil del rey, about the days of the putsch attempt of 1981, was lauded for his portrayals of Roman politician and general Servio Sulpicio Galba in the TV productions Antena 3 Hispania, La leyenda and Imperium. At Gijón International Film Festival in 2016, he received the Nacho Martinez Award. Homar lives in Canet de Mar. Lluís Homar on IMDb