Special guests include directors Dunia Ayaso and Félix Sabroso, producer Javier Merino and actress Mar Flores (Rated-R), directors Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza ([REC]), director F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall), director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), and actor Javier Cámara (Chef’s Special).
Spanish Cinema Now is one of the Walter Reade Theater’s longest-running series, first presented in October 1992. Since then, annual film production in Spain has moved from about 40 movies per year into the triple digits.
Audiences in Spain are not only growing, they are considerably younger nowadays, while the links between Spanish and Latin American cinema are stronger than ever. Latin American actors, directors and technicians are enriching the Spanish industry and co-productions are at an all-time high.
All the while, contemporary Spanish directors have led the way in exploring new approaches to traditional film genres, powerfully illustrated by this year’s selections for Spanish Cinema Now. Works such as Before the Fall and Timecrimes offer a distinctive brand of science fiction that favors suggestion and speculation over the special effects that have come to dominate the genre elsewhere. [REC] is a proud, if offbeat, addition to the tradition of Spanish horror films, prominent since the ’70s. Superb examples of Spain’s socially engaged cinema are also on display in works such as My Father’s House, Everyone’s Invited and Night Flowers.
Selected by Jose Maria Prado, the director of the Filmoteca Española, Avant-Garde Shorts and The Sixth Sense offer a glimpse into the little-know strand of Experimental Cinema in Spain.
Finally, this year, the series spotlights one of Spain’s most talented actors, Javier Cámara, in seven unforgettable films, past - like Almodóvar’s Talk to Her — and present, like our Opening Night feature, Chef’s Special.
Click HERE for a schedule of the films in the series.
Click HERE for a schedule of the films in the Spotlight on Javier Cámara .
Click HERE for a schedule of the
Experimental Cinema in Spain programs.
HERE to view the daily schedule and purchase tickets online. Admission: $11 public; $8 senior (62+); $7 Film Society member & student (with ID) and child (6-12, accompanied by an adult). Please note: $1.25 service charge per ticket ordered online and cash only transactions at the box office.
Series Pass ($40 public/$30 Film Society member) admits one person to five titles in a series. Available only at the Walter Reade Theater box office (cash only transactions); may not be combined with any other ticket offer. Individual screening tickets subject to availability.
Spanish Cinema Now is presented in collaboration with the Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Instituto Cervantes of New York. Promotional support from the New York Latin Media and Entertainment Commission.