In the middle of the drought of large productions due to the pandemic, the premiere of “Mank”, movie by David Fincher for Netflix on tribute to “Citizen Kane” and the golden HollywoodIt is quite an event, although it reaches in a limited way to a score of theaters in as many Spanish cities.
The long-awaited second film by Víctor García León (“Selfie”), “Los Europeo”, is also released with great performances by Raúl Arévalo and Juan Diego Botto; a candidate for best film European of the year such as “Ondina” by Christian Petzold and documentaries that break with the conventional like “Dear Werner” and “Anatomy of a dandy”.
David Fincher delves into the creation of Citizen Kane
David Fincher looks at the process of creating one of the great masterpieces in the history of cinema, “Citizen Kane”, and puts the focus on the initial creator of the script, Herman Mankiewicz and “Mank”, a film with which Netflix is once again a favorite in the career of the oscars.
Shot in black and white, with the aesthetic codes of classic Hollywood, the film has a choral cast led by Gary Oldman y Amanda Seyfried and addresses issues such as the abuses of the big Hollywood studios, the manipulation of the media and the turbulence of the creative process.
Raúl Arévalo and Juan Diego Botto, in the Ibiza of the 50s
Víctor García León (“Selfie”) recovers a novel by Rafael Azcona in his second feature film “Europeans”, the story of two friends who spend the summer in search of foreign tourists in the Ibiza of the late 50s.
Raúl Arévalo is Miguel Alonso, who makes his living as a draftsman, and Juan Diego Botto, Antonio, the stupid son of his boss, that links parties and nights out while Miguel prefers to stay on the sidelines, until he meets the French Odette (Stéphane Caillard).
A contemporary fairy tale
The director German Christian Petzold brings the classical myth of Ondina, an aquatic nymph doomed to betrayal of men, to contemporary Berlin in this film candidate for best film in the Film Awards European and that has just won the awards for best direction and best editing at the Seville Festival.
Starring Paula Beer and Fran Rogowski, “Ondina” opens a new romantic trilogy from the director of “Barbara” (2012), “Phoenix” (2014) and “In transit” (2018).
De Gaulle, from resistance hero to president
In May 1940, when France faces the German invasion, Prime Minister Pétain is ready to surrender and negotiate with Hitler, while General de Gaulle bets to continue the fight and resist, a goal that will endanger the lives of many French families.
Directed by Gabriel Le Bomin and starring Lambert Wilson, “De Gaulle” premiered in France to coincide with the 130th anniversary of the birth of the French general and statesman, 80 years of the historic London speech and 50 years of his passing.
Declaration of love for cinema and adventure
In the middle of winter, in January 2020, the Madrid filmmaker Pablo Maqueda undertook a journey on foot that took him to travel in 32 days the more than 750 kilometers between Munich and Paris following in the footsteps of his admired Werner Herzog.
“Dear Werner” gives an account of that trip while searching make the viewer participate in everything what’s behind the long process of making a movie.
A portrait of Francisco Umbral
Charlie Arnaiz and Alberto Ortega direct this documentary that traces an in-depth portrait of one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language, Francisco Umbral (1932-2007), beyond the character of “quinqui dressed as Pierre Cardin” that he himself took pains to cultivate.
“Anatomy of a dandy” has recordings of intimate and unpublished interviews of Umbral and with the testimonies of his widow, María España, friends and colleagues, such as Raúl del Pozo, Juan Cruz, Manuel Jabois, Pedro J. Ramírez, Ángel Antonio Herrera, Antonio Lucas or David Gistau.
Adventures for a family audience
From Poland and directed by Tomasz Szafranski comes this action-adventure comedy aimed at family audiences, in the tradition of the 80s entertainment cinema.
By launching a mysterious gramophone, Franek and Izka They accidentally bring Eddie, an escaped rocker from Oblivio’s country, to the Earth dimension and thereby attract the ire of the Headhunters, who will try to capture the fugitive.
A thriller from the Basque Country
The second feature film of Imanol Rayo (“Two brothers”, 2011) it is a mysterious story of old and new corpses, hatred between brothers, conflicts between generations, crimes with impunity and revenge.
Itziar Ituño, Eneko Sagardoy and Yon González head the cast of “Campanadas a muerto” (“Dead bells”).
A unique take shot on Super8
Starring Bruna Cusí (“Summer 1993”) and Javier Botet (“Rec”), “The Queen of the Lizards” is a story that mixes romance, science fiction, absurd comedy and manners in just 63 minutes.
Directors and scriptwriters Juan González and Fernando Martínez (Burnin ‘Barnacles) They have shot it entirely in Super8 in a single shot, with a very small production team and in just 10 days, a technical, artistic and budgetary challenge.
The open wound in Chile
“Matar a Pinochet”, the first fiction feature film by Juan Ignacio Sabatini, narrates the attempted assassination of the dictator Augusto Pinochet that occurred in 1986 by the Manuel Rodríguez Patriotic Front.
Daniela Ramírez, Cristián Carvajal, Gabriel Cañas and Juan Martín Gravina make up the cast of this film that its director has just presented at the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival, where he recalled that Pinochet’s death continues to be a “taboo subject” and “an open wound for Chileans.”
Host families in Turkey
Reyhan, Nurhan and Havva are three sisters who live with their father in a remote village in central Anatolia in the 1980s. One after another they are sent to the city to work as maids in adoptive families. settled in the hope of getting them a better life, but all three are forced to return.
Screened in the official sections of the Berlinale and Seminci, “A tale of three sisters is a story of sisterhood directed by the Turkish filmmaker Emin Alper.
Review of a kitsch icon
“The mystery of the pink flamingo” is a documentary film that revolves around the quintessential ‘kitch’ icon: the pink flamingo. Director Javier Polo investigates this sociocultural phenomenon through the eccentric journey undertaken by Rigo Pex, who seeks answers by dialoguing with figures such as Eduardo Casanova, Antonyo Marest, John Waters, Allee Willis or Kero Kero Bonito.
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