Film Countries Archives: Spain

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The Beasts As bestas

  Rodrigo Sorogoyen

  Spain, France     137 minutes

Synopsis

In a remote village nestled deep in the lush, mountainous forestland of Galicia, French couple Antoine and Olga live a peaceful life, farming sustainably and rehabilitating old houses. The locals have tolerated the outsiders to a degree, but simmering tensions begin to boil over when Antoine becomes embroiled in local politics. As animosity intensifies, Antoine stands his ground, and the village conflict escalates beyond a point of no return. Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Stockholm, Mother) has crafted a gripping and primal thriller, in which masculinity teeters on savagery, blurring the line between human and beast.

Winner

58th Chicago International Film Festival Silver Hugo: Best Ensemble Cast Performance. Learn more…

 French, Galician, Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 8:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

Media

Film Credits

  •   Ibon Cormenzana, Ignasi Estapé, Sandra Tapia Díaz, Eduardo Villanueva, Nacho Lavilla, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Jean Labadie, Anne-Laure Labadie, Thomas Pibarot
  •   Isabel Peña, Rodrigo Sorogoyen
  •   Alberto del Campo
  •   Jose Tirado
  •   Alejandro de Pablo
  •   Denis Menochet, Marina Foïs, Luis Zahera, Diego Anido, Marie Colomb
  •   Fabiola Ordoyo
  •   Oliver Arson
  •   Sandra Tapia
  •   Arcadia Motion Pictures, Caballo Films, Cronos Entertainment, Le Pacte

Sponsors

International Competition Patron

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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The Good Boss El buen patrón

  Fernando León de Aranoa

  Spain      2021    

Synopsis

In this scorching satire, seemingly benevolent boss Blanco’s (Javier Bardem) industrial scales factory is up for a prestigious award, with one week until the upcoming evaluation. Just as he is feeling assured they will measure up, a disgruntled ex-employee demands his job back and throws everything out of balance. Described by the director as the “reverse angle shot” of his 2002 Mondays in the Sun, this comedy slyly observes the precarious state of the modern workplace.

 Spanish with subtitles 
  120 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Tue, Jun 14 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago History Museum, 1601 N Clark St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting May 30 or available at the door (subject to availability).

Post-Screening Discussion

Post-screening discussion led by Pepe Vargas, director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, and Marius Laurentiu Radoi, Instituto Cervantes.

Post-screening discussion presented by: Logo: Citi 161x100

Sponsors

Film Partners

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Champions Campeones

  Javier Fesser

  Spain      2018    

Synopsis

Marco, an assistant coach in Spain’s top basketball league, has both attitude and anger issues. One night, after a particularly bad game, he finds himself in hot water with the law. In court, the judge sentences him to the worst possible punishment for a man with his oversized ego: coaching a team of young men with disabilities. Through their guilelessness, tenderness, and good humour, they will teach Marco about the things that really matter. This comedy with enormous heart is a celebration of the true champions of life.

 Spanish with subtitles 
  123 minutes

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Sponsors

Film Partners

Logo: Instituto Cervantes (wide) 820x75
Logo: Instituto Cervantes (30 years) 154x100Logo: Consulate General of Spain 296x100

Schoolgirls Las Niñas

  Pilar Palomero

  Spain 97 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Pilar Palomero

Synopsis

Growing up in small-town Spain in the early ’90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist. Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, and soon Celia is swept up in a rebellious clique that breaks all the rules and flaunts authority. Her eyes newly opened to the world, Celia starts to raise questions about her own family background, including her absent father. This astute drama—in which the young character’s coming of age mirrors the post-Franco restless social energy around her—is anchored by salient performances from its young cast, who effortlessly convey the tensions and anxieties of adolescence.

“It’s this clear-eyed dissection of how the times condition the lives of those condemned to live through them that elevates the film above any number of similar coming-of-age dramas.” –Hollywood Reporter

 Spanish with subtitles 

Media

Sponsors

Women in Cinema Program Sponsor

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Cultural Partners

Logo: The Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute (Spain) 404x100Logo: Spain Arts & Culture 149x150

Transoceánicas

  Meritxell Colell & Lucia Vassallo

  Spain, Argentina 116 minutes

Watch Info

  Virtual SOLD OUT

Available to stream Oct 14-25 in the United States.

Virtual Events

Livestream Filmmaker Q&A:

With director Meritxell Colell and filmmaker Jennifer Reeder

Synopsis

A years-long correspondence between two filmmakers, this poetic, intimate work finds two friends separated by geography yet bound by their strong emotional connection and the art of the moving image. Meritxell Colell (Facing the Wind), who lives in Barcelona, and Buenos Aires-based Lucía Vassallo (Línea 137), share moments from their lives both beautiful and banal as they craft an achingly personal dialogue about memory, their current environs, and past and present. Beautifully edited and elegantly structured, Transoceánicas is a vivid, layered film about enduring friendship, fierce femininity, and cinema’s capacity to transcend gulfs of space and time.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Media

Sponsors

Program Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Cultural Partner

Logo: Spain Arts & Culture 149x150