Viva 2013
After Lucía After Lucía
After Lucía and Chocó
30 Years Of Darkness (30 años de oscuridad) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Manuel H Martín; Writer: Jorge Laplace; Stars: Juan Diego, Ana Fernández)
This documentary portrays the eventful life of Manuel Cortés, known as "the mole of Mijas", a victim of political persecution who remained in hiding for thirty years, a ghost of the Civil War.
UK premiere
Attack Of The Werewolves (Lobos De Arga, Wolves Of Arga, Game Of Werewolves) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Juan Martínez Moreno; Writer: Juan Martínez Moreno; Stars: Gorka Otxoa, Carlos Areces, Secun de la Rosa, Mabel Rivera, Manuel Manquiña, Luis Zahera, Coté Soter, Marcos Ruiz, Ramses)
A writer returns to his Galician village expecting to receive an award, but the villagers have very different plans for him.
After Lucía (Después de Lucía) (Country: Mexico, France; Year: 2012; Director: Michel Franco; Writer: Michel Franco; Stars: Tessa Ia, Gonzalo Vega Jr., Tamara Yazbek, Hernán Mendoza)
The story of a bullied teenager.
Ali (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Paco R Baños; Stars: Verónica Forqué, Nadia de Santiago, Julián Villagrán)
Coming-of-age tale sees a rebellious Spanish teenager coping with her mother’s delicate mental health.
UK premiere
As Luck Would Have It (La chispa de la vida) (Country: Spain, France; Year: 2011; Director: Álex de la Iglesia; Writer: Randy Feldman; Stars: Salma Hayek, José Mota, Fernando Tejero, Blanca Portillo, Juan Luis Galiardo)
Can a freak accident help a washed-up ad executive help to care for his family?
Violeta Went To Heaven Violeta Went To Heaven
Violeta Went To Heaven and Attack Of The Werewolves
Atraco! (Country: Spain, Argentina; Year: 2012; Director: Eduard Cortés; Writer: Eduard Cortés, Pedro Costa, Piti Español, Marcelo Figueras; Stars: Óscar Jaenada, Amaia Salamanca, Guillermo Francella, Francesc Albiol, Daniel Fanego, Nicolás Cabré, Bárbara de Lema, Félix Cubero, Felipe Vélez, Jorge Suquet, Jordi Martínez, Juan Codina, Simona Ferrar, Chechu Moltó)
Agents for Eva Peron plan a robbery after she pawns her jewellery.
UK premiere
Chocó (Choco) (Country: Colombia; Year: 2011; Director: Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza; Stars: Karent Hinestroza, Esteban Copete, Fabio García, Daniela Mosquera, Ivan Restrepo)
The story of a woman struggling on the thin line between hope and despair in a small Columbian village.
Clandestine Childhood (Infancia clandestina) (Country: Argentina, Spain, Brazil; Year: 2011; Director: Benjamín Ávila; Writer: Marcelo Müller, Benjamín Ávila; Stars: Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio, César Troncoso, Cristina Banegas, Benjamín Ávila, Mayana Neiva, Violeta Palukas, Douglas Simon, Teo Gutiérrez Romero, Marcelo Mininno)
The story of a boy who learns how to live in hiding and to survive.
UK premiere
Cold Case (Puerta Fria) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Xavi Puebla; Writer: Jesús Gil Vilda, Xavi Puebla; Stars: Sergio Caballero, Héctor Colomé, Antonio Dechent, José Ángel Egido, Cesáreo Estébanez, José Luis García Pérez, Nick Nolte, Alex O'Dogherty, María Valverde)
A salesman facing financial ruin, takes desperate measures.
The Delay (La demora) (Country: Uruguay, Mexico, France; Year: 2012; Director: Rodrigo Plá; Writer: Laura Santullo; Stars: Carlos Vallarino, Roxana Blanco)
An overworked and underpaid, a forty-something mother of three is driven to abandon her senile father so she can take better care of her children.
The World Is Ours The World Is Ours
The World Is Ours and Thursday Till Sunday
The Good Herbs (Country: Mexico; Year: 2010; Director: María Novaro; Writer: María Novaro; Stars: Úrsula Pruneda, Ofelia Medina, Ana Ofelia Murguía, Cosmo González Muñoz, Gabino Rodríguez, Miriam Balderas, Alberto Estrella, Luisa Pardo, Rodrigo Solis)
A mother and daughter confront the tragedy of early onset Alzheimer's.
UK premiere
Life Begins Today (Country: Spain; Year: 2010; Director: Laura Mañá; Writer: Alicia Luna, Alicia Luna, Laura Mañá; Stars: Blanca Apilánez, Pilar Bardem, María Barranco, Sonsoles Benedicto, Eduardo Blanco, Mariana Cordero, Tilda Espluga, Francesc Garrido, Teresa Manresa, Lluís Marco, Marc Martínez, Laura Mañá, Carlos Olalla, Isabel Osca, Jaume Pla)
A light-hearted approach to sex lives in the third age.
UK premiere
A Life Without Words (Una vida sin palabras) (Country: Turkey, Nicaragua; Year: 2011; Director: Adam Isenberg)
Documentary about young deaf adults in rural Nicaragua who gain their first experience of communication through sign language thanks to the determination of their teacher Tomasa.
UK premiere
The Long Holidays of 1936 (Las Largas vacaciones del 36) (Country: Spain; Year: 1976; Director: Jaime Camino; Stars: Concha Velasco, José Sacristán, Francisco Rabal, Angela Molina)
Set in a middle-class holiday resort near Barcelona at the time of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the film tells the story of a bourgeois family caught up in the drama of the conflict.
Medianeras (Country: Argentina, Germany, Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Gustavo Taretto; Writer: Gustavo Taretto; Stars: Pilar Lpez de Ayala, Javier Drolas, Ins Efrn, Rafa Ferro, Carla Peterson)
A romantic comedy with a nod to Woody Allen's Manhattan where boy fails to meet girl across the crowded cityscape of twenty-first century Buenos Aires.
30 Years Of Darkness 30 Years Of Darkness
30 Years Of Darkness and Pescador
Pescador (Year: 2011; Director: Sebastián Cordero; Writer: Juan Fernando Andrade, Sebastián Cordero; Stars: Andrés Crespo, María Cecilia Sánchez)
A fisherman stumbles on a load of cocaine, prompting him to turn drug dealer.
UK premiere
The Sleeping Voice (La voz dormida) (Country: Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Benito Zambrano; Writer: Dulce Chacón, Carmen López-Areal, Ignacio del Moral, Benito Zambrano; Stars: Javier Godino, Inma Cuesta, Ana Wagener, Marc Clotet, Miryam Gallego, María Garralón, Berta Ojea, Susi Sánchez, Emilio Linder, Antonio Dechent, Ángela Cremonte, Ana Gracia, María León, Amaia Lizarralde, Jesús Noguero)
Set in the terrible years immediately following the end of the Spanish civil war, the film narrates the moving relations between two sisters, one of them in jail, and the two men they love, who become two guerrilla fighters.
The Summer Side (Del Lado Del Verano) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Antonia San Juan; Stars: Eduardo Casanova, Secun de la Rosa, Sara Guerra, Macarena Gómez, Mariam Hernández, Petite Lorena, Isabel Prinz, Blanca Rodríguez, Antonia San Juan, Luis Miguel Seguí)
The trials and tribulations of a dysfunctional family, as they navigate the choppy waters of family feuds, love, betrayal, friendship and burgeoning sexuality.
Thursday Till Sunday (De Jueves A Domingo) (Country: Chile, Netherlands; Year: 2012; Director: Dominga Sotomayor; Writer: Dominga Sotomayor; Stars: Santi Ahumada, Emiliano Freifeld, Paola Giannini, Francisco Pérez-Bannen, Jorge Becker, Axel Dupré)
A ten-year-old becomes aware of the strains on her parents' marriage over the course of long car journey.
Violeta Went To Heaven (Violeta Se Fue A Los Cielos) (Country: Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain; Year: 2011; Director: Andrés Wood; Writer: Eliseo Altunaga, Rodrigo Bazaes, Guillermo Calderón, Andrés Wood; Stars: Francisca Gavilán, Thomas Durand, Luis Machín, Gabriela Aguilera, Roberto Farías), Official Site
A biopic of the Chilean folk singer, composer, ethnomusicologist and painter Violeta Parra.
Life Begins Today Life Begins Today
Life Begins Today and The Long Holidays of 1936
The Wild Ones (Els nens salvatges) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Patricia Ferreira; Writer: Patricia Ferreira, Virginia Yagüe; Stars: Marina Comas, Àlex Monner, Albert Baró, Aina Clotet, Ana Fernández, José Luis García Pérez, Montse Germán, Francesc Orella, Marisol Membrillo, Clara Segura, Emma Vilarasau, Lluís Villanueva, Eduardo Velasco, Mercè Pons, Xavier Ripoll)
A film which focuses on the world of teenagers, on their challenges and the lack of communication between them and their elders.
UK premiere
The World Is Ours (El Mundo Es Nuestro) (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Alfonso Sánchez; Writer: Alfonso Sánchez; Stars: María Cabrera, Estrella Corrientes, Antonio Dechent, Sergio Domínguez, Pepa Díaz Meco, Antonia Gómez, Joserra Leza, Alberto López, Olga Martínez, Javier Mora, Javier Mora, Daniel Morilla, Elías Pelayo, José Manuel Poga, Pepe Quero)
To boys from the hood try to rob a bank... but things don't go according to plan.
UK premiere
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