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Spanish Language Films

Films

All About My Mother (1999)
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Manuela is the perfect mother. A hard-working nurse, she's built a comfortable life for herself and her teenage son. But when tragedy strikes and her son is killed in a car accident, her world crumbles. This movie by Pedro Almodóvar received an Oscar and a Golden Blobe for the best foreign language film.
 
The Crime of Padre Amaro (2002)
El Crimen del Padre Amaro
A recently ordained priest is sent to a small parish church in rural Mexico to help an aging priest. Upon arriving at his new post, he meets a beautiful young woman with a religious passion that borders on obsession. Quickly her passion for her faith becomes entangled in a growing attraction to the new priest. When the priest crosses the line that seperates temptation from sin, he finds himself torn between the devine and the carnal, the righteous and the unjust.
 
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
El Espinazo del Diablo
During the Spanish Civil War, young Carlos is abandoned at a completely isolated orphanage. The tensions therein have been building for years, exacerbated by the unexploded bomb resting menacingly in the courtyard. Bullies scheme, tempers flare, and a ghost that visits Carlos's bed seems to be the key to it all. Directed by Guillermo del Toro.
 
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Diarios de Motocicleta
An inspirational adventure, based on the true story of Ernesto (Che) Guevara whose thrilling and dangerous road trip across Latin America becomes a life-changing journey of self-discovery.
 
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
El ángel exterminador
After a lavish dinner party in a stately mansion, the guests believe themselves unable to leave the premises. As the days pass, the elaborate facades of their social positions collapse and they are forced to live like animals. A classic Luis Buñuel movie.
 
Open Your Eyes (1997)
Abre los Ojos
In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller by director Alejandro Amenábar, the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred. César tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured. After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn't remember committing, César's only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams. It was later made into an American version (Vanilla Sky) with Tom Cruise.
 
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
El Laberinto del Fauno
Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. A young girl goes to live with her mother and her new stepfather on a rural military outpost. Following her discovery of a labyrinth and the local group of resistance fighters, she is involved in a series of strange encounters. You can preview this movie directed by Guillermo del Toro at its website.
 
The Sea Inside (2004)
Mar Adentro
Tells the story of Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a quadriplegic who fought a 30-year battle for the right to end his life. It won the Academy Award (USA) for Best Foreign Language Film, 2004 and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film, 2004.
 
The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
Secreto de sus ojos
A crime-thriller about judicial cover-ups and corruption in Argentina, told through flashbacks. Learn more in these New York Times Reviews: Cold Case, Warm Hearts: Death Leads to Romance and Argentine Film: Action, History, Love ... and an Oscar
 
Viridiana (1961)
Viridiana, who is about to become a nun, does her utmost to maintain her Catholic principles, but her lecherous uncle and a motley assemblage of paupers force her to confront the limits of her idealism. A Luis Buñuel film.
 
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Two teens set off on a wild cross-country trip across Mexico with seductive, 28-year-old Luisa. Lisa schools them in the finer points of passion, but will their mutual desire for her destroy their friendship forever?
 
 

Selected Books

100 Years of Spanish Cinema
100 Years of Spanish Cinema provides an in-depth look at the most important movements, films, and directors of twentieth-century Spain from the silent era to the present day
 
 

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