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What is ¡España Hoy!

Contemporary Spanish Film in All Its Breadth and Range

 

We founded the ¡España Hoy! series at La Nacional in 2018 in gratitude for helping us become what we are today. It screens contemporary arthouse cinema in all genres by young and emerging Spanish and Spanish-descended filmmakers or by non-Spaniards on Spanish themes living anywhere in the world. It is designed to provide a platform for the genius and breadth range of film by Spain’s new generation of filmmakers.

This year we have a return of the Tarragona-based dance film masters Marta Arjona and Mei Casabona following their first New York restropective last season. Once again, we have the honor of screening a world premiere of their latest short, Elle.  This year also brings us new voices working in documentaries anmd , drama

¡España Hoy! Spanish Film Series

La Nacional - 239 West 14th St.., 2nd Fl,

New York City

Friday January 10th - Sunday January 12th, 2020

Program 1: Friday Jan. 10 @ 7 pm

Program 2: Friday Jan. 10 @ 8:30 pm

Program 3 Saturday Jan. 10 @ 12 pm

Program 4 Saturday Jan. 10 @ 1 pm

Program 5: Sunday Jan. 10 @ 5 pm

Program 6: Sunday Jan. 10 @ 7 pm

Program 7: Sunday Jan. 10 @ 8:30 pm

BACK TO SAHARA
(Documentary)

Sat. Jan 11 @ 1 pm

Sun Jan 12 @ 5 pm

(SCR/DIR Paco Millán, SPAIN/MEXICO, 2014, color, 84:00.) This documentary road movie tells the story of reunions, passions, intrigues and conspiracies around a land desired by all, which implies a journey through time, a history of friendship between peoples and some hidden pages of our recent history. IN SPANISH ONLY. NO SUBTITLES.

(New York City Premiere:)



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EVE’S APPLE
(Documentary)

Sat. Jan 10 @ 8:30 pm

Sun Jan 12 @ 8:30 pm

SCR/DIR José Manuel Colón, SPAIN, 2017, color,  90:00. Eve’s apple is a documentary film shot in 4K reporting the barbarity of Female Genital Mutilation, showing how international agencies and private and public entities fight and look for alternative measures to end this reprehensible practice. There are many injustices, atrocities and infamies that are inflicted on individuals and groups, but few immoralities and shameful acts reach the level of female ablation. We are talking about the right to one’s body. A right taken away from millions of girls every year, sometimes following the orders of their own mothers or grandmothers, in a society ruled by men with an iron fist. (In Spanish with Engish subtitles)

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ELLE
(Dance Film)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

 

(SCR/DIR Anita Astrid/Marta Arjona. SPAIN, 2019, color, 05:00.) Elle is a busy woman. She has a croissant and a coffee for breakfast everyday in the same coffee shop. Her phone is stuck to her. She works in a fashion magazine as she has always desired, but lives stressed for the time and crazy for her image. One night, while she is getting ready for a party, she looses control. She makes up and dresses her hair until these quotidinanity transforms in a crazy repetition. The perfection of her beauty makes her get mad. She dances on the floor, looking for freedom. Then, she gets face to face with Gaia. Gaia, so lovely, touches Elle's face and with her fingers gets into Elle's breasts. Slowly we begin to see a whet field, with a brighten light that fulls all the space.

(World Premiere)

ANOD

(Dance Film)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

SCR/DIR Marta Arjona/Mei Casabona. SPAIN, 2013-14, color, 9:15 min.) Ca Batistó hosts the Museum of Alcover, now the setting for ANOD, a short dance film that aims to unite feelings, experiences and secrets in the house. Thus, the rooms are shown in the most intimate way, retrieving the memory of the woman who lived between its walls. Museography and dance merge into a single story to give prominence to women. The indoctrination to which they have been subjected and the role they have been relegated to over time, apart from the new modernity demeanors inherent in the rise of the bourgeoisie to power, are the argument of this artist creation, which embodied a cry to break stereotypes and seek deserved equality and no class differences. We‘re talking about the woman who worked in the kitchen day and night, and the housewife, prisoner and slave to men’s thoughts. Women for centuries have struggled for freedom but at that time, were shackled by society.

(US Premiere)

THE SCENT OF THE WET GROUND SEEMS SWEETER THAN EVER FOR HER
(Dance Film)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

 

(DIR Alexa Pascual. SPAIN, 2019, color, 04:57. The scent of the wet ground seems sweeter than ever for her
Something has changed in her inner self…
She is not who she used to be...
She follows her path, but at every step she feels lighter... lighter of memories.

(New York Premiere)



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LEVIATHAN ON DREAMS EMPIRE
(Web series)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

Nigra (SCR/DIR Sergio Colastra Milán, USA, 2015-2019, black and white 40 min. ).The lives of various Hispanic individuals crisscross through the odd threads deployed by the City that Never Sleeps

(World Premiere)

 

INEXORABLE
(Comedy)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sat Jan 11 @ 12:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm

(SCR/DIR. Carmen Perona, SPAIN, 2019, color, 7:56.) Ambrosio lives alone, he has no one. The only person he had was his grandmother but she died.  He is not aware of it and lives in a state of permanent ecstasy. He has a series of dreams in which he sees his grandmother. He confuses reality with the dream.

 

(US Premiere)

THE PIRATE CAPTAIN TOLEDANO
(Pirate adventure)

Sat Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm

(SCR/DIR. Arnon Shorr, USA 2017, color, 10:00.) Pirate Captain Toledano interrogates a stowaway, a refugee from the Spanish Inquisition.The lad wants to become a pirate to plunder Spanish ships. The Captain must decide whether to make the stowaway a pirate, or to make him walk the plank.

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DEATH OR LIFE
(Drama)

Fri. Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm

Sun. Jan 12 @ 5:00 pm

(SCR/DIR. Gabriel Medialdea, SPAIN 2017, color, 8:00.) Two underground fighters who ply their trade in the lairs where the underworld moves great sums of money know their fate is to fight to the death. They train under blackmail, but their revenge is close.

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