Operation E is a 2012 Spanish-French-Colombian drama film directed by Miguel Courtois. The film was inspired by the story of José Crisanto, a Colombian peasant, sentenced to 33 years in prison after nursing the son of Clara Rojas, kidnapped by the FARC. Operation E on IMDb
Mr Nice is a 2010 British-Spanish crime-drama. Directed by Bernard Rose, Mr Nice is in part a biopic due to it being a loose film adaptation of Mr Nice, the 1997 cult autobiography by Howard Marks; the film features an ensemble cast starring Rhys Ifans as Howard Marks, along with David Thewlis, Omid Djalili and Jack Huston, with Crispin Glover and Chloë Sevigny. Ifans portrays Marks, a real-life Welsh marijuana smuggler who ran one of the biggest global cannabis smuggling operations from the late 1960s to the early 1980s while on the run. Marks associated with some of the more colourful characters of the era even cutting deals with the likes of the FBI, the Mafia, the IRA and MI6. After serving time in Terre Haute, one of the "toughest" prisons in the United States, Marks stopped smuggling and dealing in cannabis, gained wider fame as a pro cannabis campaigner, stand-up comedian, lads mag columnist, television show panelist, music producer, motivational speaker, prospective Member of Parliament.
Like Marks' autobiography on which it is based, the film has polarized critics. The film begins in 2010, with a 65-year-old Howard Marks going onto a stage in front of a packed theatre to great applause. Marks asks if there are any plain-clothes policemen sat in the audience, to which the reply is negative. While lighting up a joint, Marks asks "who here is a dope smoker?", to greater applause. The film diverts into Marks' internal monologue as he recounts his life. Born in the Welsh valleys in 1945, young Howard Marks – nicknamed Mr Nice – excels academically to much higher than the national standard of the United Kingdom; this remarkable aptitude earns him a scholarship to Oxford University at nineteen years old, reading philosophy and physics, but Marks' destiny changes forever one night when dutifully studying alone in his dorm. A beautiful and hedonistic foreign exchange student from Latvia, Ilze Kadegis - breaks into Marks' room, looking for a secret passageway within. Marks follows Kadegis through the secret passageway and into a forgotten storage space used by one of the school's top marijuana dealers, Graham Plinson.
Kadegis seduces Marks, introduces him to cannabis for the first time. For the next few years, Marks becomes an enthusiastic customer of Plinson's, continues his love affairs with both Kadegis and cannabis. Circumstances change for the worse when Plinson introduces the group to LSD; when rich heir Joshua Macmillan, a friend of Marks', dies of an overdose, Marks impales his foot on a spike, Marks vows to never touch drugs again - or at least the harder variety of drugs. The trio of Marks and Plinson promise to each other to turn over a new leaf, they pass their scholarships through some intense last-minute revision, a little cheating, they all move on to teacher training courses at the University of London in 1967, where Marks hastily marries Kadegis. Fractures begin appearing in the early stages of the marriage, with Marks becoming despondent and suspecting Kadegis of having an affair. What is more, Marks gets into trouble at the London University for "having long hair and flashy suits"; when plans to bring a large cache of hashish into England via Germany go wrong with Plinson getting arrested, Marks steps in to help - figuring he has nothing left to lose anyway.
Marks goes to Germany and drives the car with the stash inside across the borders himself driving through customs. The customs officers are on the lookout for Plinson's crew, but do not know Marks, who sails through without incident. Marks says the thrill of getting away with it was like "religious flash and an asexual orgasm"; when selling the hashish back in London to an Arab oil sheik named Saleem Malik, Marks makes a fortune, swiftly becomes addicted to this new but dangerous lifestyle as a big league marijuana trafficker - running a large percentage of the world's cannabis. It is a path that will lead Marks face-to-face with terrorists, government agents, lose him his freedom to one of the toughest prisons in the United States in 1988, through to the present day as a media personality and cult hero. Rhys Ifans as Howard Marks Chloë Sevigny as Judy Marks Jack Huston as Graham Plinson Crispin Glover as Ernie Combs David Thewlis as'Jim' James McCann Omid Djalili as Saleem Malik Elsa Pataky as Ilze Andrew Tiernan as Alan Marcuson Jamie Harris as Patrick Lane Christian McKay as Hamilton McMillan Ken Russell as Russell Miegs After Howard Mark's 1997 autobiography Mr Nice became a best-seller, Marks began to make a name for himself in a number of different media, a film adaptation of the book was petitioned.
In development hell for over a decade, the production of the film was an eventual collaboration between a number of smaller studios, such as Independent Productions, Kanzaman Productions S. L, Séville Pictures, Lipsync Productions LLP and the Wales Creative IP Fund. Howard Marks was himself the main consultant for Ifans; the DVD includes a commentary by Howard Marks, as well as a featurette with Rhys Ifans joining Marks on one of his stand-up shows and impersonating him to the delight of the crowd - with the both of them getting intoxicated to the point of incoherence. Mr Nice was filmed in 2009 in Spain; the film features a 1960s pop-inspired soundtrack by Philip Glass, with original songs reflective of the era such as Deep Purple, Fraternity of Man and John Lennon. Whereas both the b
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
Icíar Bollaín Pérez-Mínguez is a Spanish actress and screenwriter. Icíar Bollaín Pérez-Mínguez was born in 1967 as one of twin girls in Madrid to a father, an aeronautical engineer and a mother, a music teacher, she grew up in a liberal household. Icíar and her twin sister Marina showed an early interest in the arts. At the age of sixteen, Icíar was cast in Víctor Erice's El Sur. Since Icíar Bollaín has acted in fourteen films. At age 18, with her twin sister Marina, she was cast by their uncle Juan Sebastián Bollaín in two films: Las dos orillas. Icíar Bollaín took roles in films directed by Felipe Vega, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón and José Luis Borau, her red hair was what led Ken Loach to choose her for his film and Freedom, about the Spanish Civil War. Her experience working with Loach led her to write the book: Ken Loach: un observador solitario. Bollain at age 23 formed a production company which she named La Iguana, made two short films: Baja Corazón and Los Amigos del muerto. With support from Fernando Colomo, she made her first feature film as director: Hola, ¿estás sola?, a story about two young girls who dream of finding an earthly paradise and undertake a long trip towards the sea.
Her second feature film was Flores de otro mundo. It is the story of three women, her film Te Doy Mis Ojos won seven Goya Awards, including Best Director. Starring Luis Tosar and Laia Marull, the movie is about a man's abuse of his wife during their marriage, their struggles to change the pattern of their lives, her 2010 film Even the Rain was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. In January 2011, the film made the final nine shortlist. A film within a film, it is set in the Bolivian highlands in 2000. A Spanish film company's work on Columbus' arrival in the New World gets caught up in local violence related to current exploitation of peasants, it stars Gael García Bernal as Luis Tosar as the film producer. Carlos Aduviri, an Aymara who plays a native leader in the "film," takes the lead in organizing a resistance to water privatization. Bollaín has won other awards for script-writing, as well as for directing; this movie can be seen as a means of instruction for foreign students.
It shows several key aspects of both the history of Spain and the socio-cultural evolution of the country. It tells the story of three women, from Cuba, from the Dominican Republic and Marirrosi, from Bilbao, they have several existential concerns regarding their future. These problems are similar to those suffered by three young men from Santa Eulalia, a village from the Province of Guadalajara, an unimportant small town without marriageable women. Damian and Carmelo come into contact with the three women at a party organized by single people of the village. There they got to know each other and this gives place to a bittersweet story; this cinematographic work is useful from an academic point of view, not only for its historical value, but because it is presented as an open window that allows the viewer to take the place of the characters, suffering with them the same surprises and impressions, since the point of arrival of the women to Santa Eulalia. Other essential aspects of the film are that it offers the opportunity to understand one of the main points of the novel: the problems of the Spanish countryside.
At the same time, Icíar Bollaín preserves the classic stereotypes of the typical Spanish town, where the bar is the most important forum for meetings and ideological defenses. But Bollaín doesn't leave behind the important issue of the leading sexism of the time, she is concerned to mitigate it by introducing characters like Doña Gregoria, the mother of one of the young men and the reflection of the rural matriarchy. Foreignness is another key point in this story. At the beginning of the film, with the arrival of the three women to the village, the feeling of strangeness and rejection towards the foreigners appears; however it starts disappearing with the development of loving relationships between them and the young men of Santa Eulalia. This is a clear solution to the problem of foreignness. Icíar Bollaín doesn't present a problem without the corresponding solution, introducing an integrative ideology that breaks with cultural and racial barriers, another important pillar of the film, a recognized pedagogical intention.
Bollaín sets the film during the Spanish property bubble to reflect the issues and consequences that today directly affect Spanish society. Flowers from Another World analyses not only the racial issue but the role of women at that time; this can be compared to other similar cases in which women start a movement for social integration, as in the case of the Mexican immigrant women in the United States. Everything is portrayed through the figures of the three women; this film is characterized for introducing a new element: the Painting. The use of pictorial art enriches the staging and the story itself, analyzing the narrative function that the works of this style can have within the Cinematography. While the painting does not carry a major rol
Inconscientes is a 2004 Spanish period comedy directed by Joaquín Oristrell. It stars Luis Tosar; the plot follows the pregnant wife of a renowned Freudian psychiatrist who enlists the help of her admiring brother-in-law to uncover the elaborate mystery of why her husband ran away from home. The more she digs for the truth about her husband, the more she discovers the unexpected lies surrounding her brother-in-law, her father, her sister, herself. In 1913 Barcelona, nine-months pregnant, returns home one day to find her husband, Leon, an eminent psychiatrist, about to flee their home and his practice, he has come back from a session with Dr. Freud in Vienna. Left to have her baby alone, the witty and beautiful Alma enlists the help of her sister’s husband – a psychiatrist - the dispassionate, repressed Salvador, to help her solve the mystery of Leon’s sudden departure. Ignoring his better judgment, Salvador agrees to help her though he sees it could be trouble for him with his prim, frigid wife, Alma’s sister.
There is a sibling rivalry between Alma and Olivia, shared by their husbands. Olivia is jealous of her feminist sister as the favorite of their father, Dr. Mira, the pompous chief of staff in the hospital where both Leon and Salvador have their practice. Helping her father, Alma serves as translator in a lecture by Dr. Alois Alzheimer –, unable to remember anything; the beautiful Alma is as free-spirited. Helping her, Salvador runs into trouble. After an accidental self-hypnosis, he confesses that he is in love with Alma, that he married her sister, the ostensibly sexually inhibited Olivia, only to be near her. Still under hypnosis, traumatized by comments made by his wife regarding the size of his member, he exposes himself in a public place and his father-in-law fires him from his job. A trail of clues indicates that Leon’s disappearance may be connected to the concealment of embarrassing revelations about the sex life of the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII. Hints led them to the back room of a barn that serves as a hide-out for making pornographic films.
They visit a deranged woman in a mad-house, a cross-dressing club and a high-class bordello, led all the while by clues contained in Leon’s thesis: a detailed journal of his psychoanalytic sessions with four women he is treating for “hysteria”: a psychotic woman who tried to murder her husband. Salvador and Alma's investigation reveals a series of outrageous secrets; these include. She plans to leave her husband. Alma’s alcoholic housekeeper, the unsympathetic Senora Mingarro, turns out to be Leo’s biological mother, the result of a torrid affair with Dr. Mira, which makes Alma and Leon's marriage an incestuous union; the sudden reappearance of Leon only complicates things further. They all attend a distinguished gathering in honor of Dr. Freud, who has come to Barcelona to discourse on his new book, “Totem and Taboo.” Since Leon attributes all of his problems to Dr. Freud's theories on sexuality, he plans to kill him. However, the fall of a big chandelier aborts the assassination attempt. Leon and Dr. Mira die as a result of the accident with the chandelier.
Olivia leaves for Paris. Alma gives birth to a baby boy, she realizes that she has fallen in love with Salvador and they become a happy couple. Leonor Watling - Alma Luis Tosar – Salvador Juanjo Puigcorbé - Dr. Mira Núria Prims - Olivia Mercedes Sampietro - Sra. Mingarro Alex Brendemühl - León Ana Rayo - Tórtola Unconscious has been released on DVD in the U. S.. Inconscientes on IMDb
Álex de la Iglesia
Alejandro "Álex" de la Iglesia Mendoza is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and former comic book artist. De la Iglesia's films combines grotesque and dark elements such as death and murder: most of his work is considered dark comedies, but are often considered to have horror and/or drama elements. All his films, with the notable exceptions of The Last Circus and As Luck Would Have It, were written together with Jorge Guerricaechevarría. Álex de la Iglesia was born in Bilbao, Spain, in 1965. He is a philosophy graduate of the University of Deusto who ended up working in the comic book field at a young age, he had a brief stint in television before finding work as production designer on Pablo Berger's Mamá. This little seen short film focuses on a family forced to live in a basement after a nuclear war and features a little boy who wears a Batman costume. Enrique Urbizu came calling for his production designer services in 1991 for Todo por la pasta, a Basque crime thriller, nominated for 4 Goya Awards, won 1.
He met José Guerricaechevarria and together they made the short film, Mirindas Asesinas, in which a boring man, whose mind is degenerating, is on the verge of becoming a psychotic killer. The two men became fast friends and have worked together since, with José writing the screenplays to many of De La Iglesia's films. In 1993 De La Iglesia received a big break when Spain's most famous director, Pedro Almodóvar, produced his debut feature Accion mutante; this tale of a group of crippled and handicapped outcasts in the future taking arms against handsome oppressors, became an independent success globally. The next step he took was El día de la Bestia, it won the Best Director award amongst them. It marked his first collaboration with producer Andrés Vicente Gómez. Wanting to build on the success of The Day Of The Beast, Gómez hired Iglesia to direct Perdita Durango based on novelist Barry Gifford's 59 Degrees and Raining. Barry Gifford helped out on the script also. Isabella Rossellini played Perdita Durango in David Lynch's Wild At Heart based on a Gifford work.
The film did not prove as great a success as hoped. The film was more nasty in its violence, its confrontational style, resulted in cuts and running times around the globe varying from 95 minutes in South Korea to 126 minutes in Spain, it was rumoured Bigas Luna was offered the directors chair for the film. In 1997, Iglesia wrote Payasos en la lavadora, a satirical novel. Back in Spain, in 1999 de la Iglesia had success with Dying of Laughter a dark comedy about a Martin & Lewis style comic duo with no love for each other, nominated for 3 Goyas, winning 2. La Comunidad, a dark comedy/thriller set in an apartment block with a money scamble, got 15 Goya nominations, won 3. 800 Bullets, a homage to spaghetti westerns, got 4 Goya nominations, 1 win. And Crimen ferpecto, a dark comedy thriller with a man aspiring to perfection, winning 6 Goya prizes as a result. All these films have the recipe of dark humour, selfish aspirational characters, sexy situations. De la Iglesia himself provided the voice of The Underminer in the Spanish language dubbing of The Incredibles.
In 2006 he directed an episode of the TV series Películas para no dormir titled The Baby's Room. In 2008, de la Iglesia directed the science-fiction comedy TV series Plutón B. R. B. Nero, he has directed Elijah Wood and John Hurt in The Oxford Murders, his second movie in English, released in Spain in January 2008. His first feature film Accion mutante received two prizes at the Montreal Fantasia Festival, three Goya's. For The Day of the Beast, de la Iglesia won the Goya Award for Best Director; the films El día de la bestia, Muertos de risa, Perdita Durango, The Oxford Murders, La comunidad, 800 balas, Crimen Ferpecto, La Chispa de la Vida, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi and Balada triste de trompeta was part of the Álex de la Iglesia: Dancing with the Devil at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015. On November 17, 2017, Álex de la Iglesia received the star on Almeria Walk of Fame. Acción mutante El día de la Bestia Perdita Durango Muertos de risa La comunidad 800 balas Crimen ferpecto La habitación del niño The Oxford Murders Balada Triste de Trompeta La chispa de la vida Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi Messi Words With Gods Mi gran noche El Bar Perfectos desconocidos Shrew's Nest Los Increíbles Spanish Movie Toy Story 3 Herederos de la bestia Slant Green Cine Daily Boston Globe IFC Village Voice Álex de la Iglesia on IMDb Álex de la Iglesia at AllMovie
Don't Tempt Me
Don't Tempt Me is a 2001 Mexican and Spanish co-production comedy film. The screenplay for the film was written for Penélope Cruz and Victoria Abril by the award-winning Spanish writer and director Agustín Díaz Yanes of Nadie hablará de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto; this film was nominated for the Goya Awards in 2002 in the categories of Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. The film earned Demián Bichir the "Best Bichir in a movie" MTV Movie Awards-Mexico in 2003. Lola, who works as a nightclub singer in Heaven, is sent by her boss Marina on a mission to Earth to save the soul of a Spanish boxer called Manny, his brain damaged in his last bout, with any blow liable to carry him off, he is in debt and suicidal. Lola appears as his former lover, wanting to be with him again, tries to get him to reconcile with his mother. Living with him and his mood swings is hard work however, he being a total chauvinist interested in little beyond boxing and sex. Carmen, who works as a waitress in Hell, is sent by her boss Davenport to get Manny into the ring again.
She takes the spare room in the flat. While Lola plays the meek housewife, Carmen is lesbian. During the day, both she and Lola take jobs in a hypermarket, where they sympathise with the downtrodden staff and despise the corrupt management. Manny, as well as guilt over his breach with his mother, is harassed by a couple of plain-clothes heavies sent by a corrupt police chief he owes money to. While the angelic Lola tries to buy time, the diabolic Carmen tells Manny that he could win the money by fighting again. Hell is getting full and there are serious divisions among the management. In an effort to save his position, Davenport makes a secret deal with Marina, who he admires greatly, his argument is that without Heaven there would be no Hell, vice versa. People on Earth, should have a free choice. So in this one case he is happy to see Manny choose Heaven, getting dangerously empty, tells Carmen to work with rather than against Lola; the two women decide to rob the hypermarket and give the proceeds to Manny, who can pay off the cops with the stolen money and need never fight again.
After lifting the day's takings from the cashier's office at gunpoint, they try to walk out through the crowded store, until two of the management start shooting. The women manage in the end to escape with the money, but on getting back to Manny's flat find the crooked police there with him. After he enables the two to escape the trap, the cops beat him to death. For that last sacrifice, after some debate he is allowed into Heaven, but Lola and Carmen are caught, locked away in a Spanish prison for three years. When released, Carmen gets promotion in Hell far above her waitress status and is granted her wish of becoming a man. Victoria Abril - Lola Nevado Penélope Cruz - Carmen Ramos Demian Bichir - Manny Gemma Jones - Nancy Fanny Ardant - Marina D'Angelo Juan Echanove - Supermarket manager Gael García Bernal - Davenport Emilio Gutiérrez Caba - Police chief Cristina Marcos - Police officer Luis Tosar - Police officer Bruno Bichir - Eduardo Elena Anaya - Pili Peter McDonald - Henry Elsa Pataky - Waitress in Hell Javier Bardem makes an unbilled cameo appearance at the end of the film as Cruz's character's male form.
Review of MTV Awards-Mexico Don't Tempt Me on IMDb Don't Tempt Me at AllMovie Don't Tempt Me at Rotten Tomatoes