Film Countries Archives: Spain

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La Ceremonia [short film]

  Isaac Berrocal

  Spain     6 minutes

Synopsis

A new priest carries out an exorcism that goes off the rails, and he’s forced to deal with a strange, evil power.

This film screens as part of Shorts 3: Things Aren’t What They Seem (After Dark)

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Pacifiction Tourment sur les îles

  Albert Serra

  France, Spain, Germany, Portugal     162 minutes

Synopsis

A mesmerizing, elliptical vision of declining colonial enterprise and imperialist corruption, Pacifiction swelters and sways in the heat of its Tahitian setting. France’s top man in the region, De Roller (Benoît Magimel) is an affable chameleon-like operator, equally adept at schmoozing with the indigenous population and navigating the political machinery of his home country. He’s lately become paranoid, as the mood on the island is shifting amid rumors of military destruction and gentrification. As he drifts through his days, attempting to keep everyone—himself included—on an even keel, tensions continue to rise. A film of mysterious, uncommon power.

 French with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Media

Film Credits

  •   Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Albert Serra, Montse Triola, Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves, Laurent Jacquemin
  •   Albert Serra
  •   Albert Serra, Artur Tort, Ariadna Ribas
  •   Sebastian Vogler
  •   Artur Tort
  •   Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Marc Susini, Matahi Pambrun
  •   Jordi Ribas
  •   Marc Verdaguer, Joe Robinson
  •   Idéale Audience Group, Andergraun Films, Tamtam Film, Rosa Filmes

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The Substitute El suplente

  Diego Lerman

  Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France     110 minutes

Synopsis

In this tense and timely drama, idealistic literature professor Lucio (Juan Minujíin) leaves behind university life to accept a position teaching high school in the working-class community where he grew up. Returning to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Lucio is intent on making a difference in the lives of his students, but just as he begins to connect with his class, a drug smuggling operation is uncovered inside the school. Learning that the local drug cartel threatens one of Lucio’s promising young pupils, the educator must decide how far he’ll go to protect the boy’s life. Celebrated for the nuance and humanism with which he imbues his work, award-winning Argentine filmmaker Diego Lerman (A Sort of Family, Refugiado) returns to the Festival with this powerful piece of social realism.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Actress María Merlino
*Subject to change

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 2:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Actress María Merlino
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman
  •   Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
  •   Alejandro Brodersohn
  •   Wojciech Staron
  •   Juan Minujín, Alfredo Castro, Bárbara Lennie, Rita Cortese, María Merlino, Lucas Arrua, Renata Lerman
  •   José Villalobos
  •   Campo Cine

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La Maternal

  Pilar Palomero

  Spain, France     100 minutes

Synopsis

Rebellious and headstrong, 14-year-old Carla spends her days kicking around with her best friend Efrain, fending for herself, and wreaking havoc – anything to escape her combustive relationship with her mother. But when social services determine that the slight, still girlish Carla is five months pregnant, they send her to La Maternal, a home for young mothers. Taking counsel and support from the other teens at the center, Carla must quickly learn how to be a parent, even as she resists this new, inescapable role. With a singular skill for working with young actors, director Pilar Pilomero (Schoolgirls)’s sensitive if sobering social drama deploys an intimate, documentary-like style to explore the tenuous line between childhood and adulthood, daughter and mother.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Pilar Palomero
*Subject to change

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 1:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Special Guests*: Director Pilar Palomero
*Subject to change

Media

Film Credits

  •   Valérie Delpierre, Álex Lafuente
  •   Pilar Palomero
  •   Sofie Escudé
  •   Monica Bernuy
  •   Julián Elizalde
  •   Carla Quílez, Ángela Cervantes, Rubén Martínez, Pepe Lorente
  •   Amanda Villavieja
  •   Carlos Naya
  •   Inicia Films, BTEAM PRODS, Les Films du Worso
  •   https://www.elledriver.fr/en/movie/la-maternal

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Alcarràs

  Carla Simón

  Spain, Italy     120 minutes

Synopsis

For generations, the Solé family has spent summers harvesting peaches from land bequeathed to them in a handshake agreement dating back decades to the Spanish civil war. But when the estate’s owner dies and his heirs choose to sell the property, the tight-knit clan suddenly faces eviction and the prospect of an uncertain future. Like her stunning and personal feature debut, Summer 1993—which screened at the Festival in 2017—the landscape of Simón’s latest is inspired in part by her own childhood in small-town Catalonia. Alcarràs, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, sees her confidently build on her earlier artistic achievement with a beautifully photographed, sensitively drawn yet unsentimental observational drama that features quietly astonishing performances from its ensemble cast as a fractured family whose sense of place and way of life are under threat.

 Catalan, Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 14 @ 8:15pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 12:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Media

Film Credits

  •   María Zamora, Stefan Schmitz, Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno
  •   Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró
  •   Ana Pfaff
  •   Daniela Cajías
  •   Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otín, Xènia Roset, Albert Bosch, Ainet Jounou, Josep Abad, Montse Oró, Carles Cabós, Joel Rovira, Isaac Rovira, Berta Pipó, Elna Folguera, Antònia Castells, Djibril Casse, Jacob Diarte
  •   Thomas Giorgi, Eva Valiño, Damiano Silva
  •   Andrea Koch
  •   María Zamora, Giovanni Pompili
  •   Avalon PC, Elastica Films, Vilaüt Films, Kino Produzioni, TV3