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2003. 51st Edition
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Discusión14 (Tània Ballo, Nora B. González, Núria Campabadal, Ricard Carbonell, Roger Comella, Aymar del Amo, Marco Iglesias, David Linares, Oscar M. Chamorro, Elisa Martínez, Itati Moyano, Cristina Pérez, Sandra Ruesga, Ruth Somalo)
 
A documentary narrating the march made in 2003 by the workers of Sintel, a telecommunications firm which closed down leaving its workers in the street. Starting out from six different parts of Spain, the workers and their families walk hundreds of miles to their rendezvous in Madrid on May 1, Labour Day, to demand a solution to their working situation, given the non-fulfilment ...
A documentary narrating the march made in 2003 by the workers of Sintel, a telecommunications firm which closed down leaving its workers in the street. Starting out from six different parts of Spain, the workers and their families walk hundreds of miles to their rendezvous in Madrid on May 1, Labour Day, to demand a solution to their working situation, given the non-fulfilment of the agreements reached.
El efecto Iguazú / The Iguazu Effect
Pere Joan Ventura
Spain 
The Iguazu Effect stars a group of workers fired en masse from the job market. One thousand eight hundred men proud of belonging to Sintel, a modern and well organized telecommunications company which had landed the contract to renew the phone lines throughout Spain. With tremendously high union membership, its leaders were used to negotiating and to taking action when necessar...
The Iguazu Effect stars a group of workers fired en masse from the job market. One thousand eight hundred men proud of belonging to Sintel, a modern and well organized telecommunications company which had landed the contract to renew the phone lines throughout Spain. With tremendously high union membership, its leaders were used to negotiating and to taking action when necessary to reach specific agreements. The next thing they were out on the street. The fraudulent sale of the company led them to take unprecedented action: they exchanged life in their homes for the more extreme option of tents and shacks which they erected right on central Madrid's Paseo de la Castellana. The resistance of the Sintel workers made them a reference within the antiglobalization movement.
El oro de Moscú / Moscow Gold
Jesús Bonilla
 
By a strange coincidence of destiny, someone receives extraconfidential information from an old man in the last seconds of his life: the best kept secret in History. The person who receives the information, a hospital worker, passes it on to a ?friend?. Both set off on a helter-skelter mystery-filled adventure. Given their failed attempts and their great despair, they have to e...
By a strange coincidence of destiny, someone receives extraconfidential information from an old man in the last seconds of his life: the best kept secret in History. The person who receives the information, a hospital worker, passes it on to a ?friend?. Both set off on a helter-skelter mystery-filled adventure. Given their failed attempts and their great despair, they have to engage the help of others who also sink into the bottomless pit that comes with decoding the enigma. The new arrivals fall into the same trap and try to find others whom, moved by need and greed, gradually join the adventure. They are all caught up in obligatory exaggerated situations as a result of their obstination, to the extent that, while completely absurd, the mental blindness caused by their obsessive interest makes them seem totally normal.
Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova Gala
Sílvia Munt
 
The journey through the life of this peculiar woman begins in Kazán (Russia), where she was born, and takes us to Davos, where she met Paul Éluard, continuing on to Paris, New York, and ending in Cadaqués, where she died and lies alone at the Castillo de Púbol alongside an empty tomb where her beloved Salvador Dalí should be. All this will be discovered in the film through...
The journey through the life of this peculiar woman begins in Kazán (Russia), where she was born, and takes us to Davos, where she met Paul Éluard, continuing on to Paris, New York, and ending in Cadaqués, where she died and lies alone at the Castillo de Púbol alongside an empty tomb where her beloved Salvador Dalí should be. All this will be discovered in the film through texts written by herself, by her friend Anastasia Tsvetaieva, and by her famous husbands Éluard and Dalí, as well as through numerous interviews with people who knew her. Gala, the mystic Gala, the sensual and enigmatic Gala, the sinister Gala, Gala absorbed by men, men absorbed by Gala, who cares... She did what she wanted, what she believed she ought to do. How many people can say the same about themselves?
Eres mi héroe / You're My Hero
Antonio Cuadri
 
They say that adolescence is the toughest time in life, and it certainly was for Ramón. They say that adolescence is a time of discovery, but for Ramón, like for most people, it was a time of confusion: the future, studies, sex, hormonal change, the generation gap. They say that adolescence is the most important part of life, and it was for Ramón. The events which took place...
They say that adolescence is the toughest time in life, and it certainly was for Ramón. They say that adolescence is a time of discovery, but for Ramón, like for most people, it was a time of confusion: the future, studies, sex, hormonal change, the generation gap. They say that adolescence is the most important part of life, and it was for Ramón. The events which took place on the verge of his 13 years-of-age in the Seville of 1976 brought out the fighter in him. Those who surrounded him and loved him helped him to deal with these crucial changes. They say that adolescence changes you forever... and that's exactly how it was for Ramón.
It's for you!
Bruno Lázaro Pacheco
Spain-Canada 
A student in Toronto, Julian is fresh back from a trip to Barcelona and an affair with a girl called Sundra in the same city. He decides to send her ?video-letters?. Calling her early one morning, he is answered by a man. Sundra admits to having another lover, and advises him to do the same given the distance separating them. She also convinces Julian to secretly film his sexua...
A student in Toronto, Julian is fresh back from a trip to Barcelona and an affair with a girl called Sundra in the same city. He decides to send her ?video-letters?. Calling her early one morning, he is answered by a man. Sundra admits to having another lover, and advises him to do the same given the distance separating them. She also convinces Julian to secretly film his sexual encounters and send them to her.
La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón / Mortadelo & Filemon-The Big Adventure
Javier Fesser
 
Someone has stolen Professor Bacterio's most dangerous invention, an artifact that ends in the hands of a very short, wacky dictator who is ready to use it for criminal purposes. The Superintendent is firm in his resolve: if he wants to recover the invention, he must not count on his agents Mortadelo and Filemon. But when the duo discover that the TIA has engaged a cocky and sl...
Someone has stolen Professor Bacterio's most dangerous invention, an artifact that ends in the hands of a very short, wacky dictator who is ready to use it for criminal purposes. The Superintendent is firm in his resolve: if he wants to recover the invention, he must not count on his agents Mortadelo and Filemon. But when the duo discover that the TIA has engaged a cocky and slimy detective from outside the agency, they decide to act at their own risk, even if the bills are paid by the Super and the risk involves all of humanity. Will they save the world or end it?
La luz prodigiosa / The End of a Mistery
Miguel Hermoso
 
August 1936, start of the Spanish Civil War. A young Andalusian shepherd helps a man believed dead by his excutioners and finds a place for him in an asylum given that his bullet injuries have left him in semi-vegetable condition. In 1980, the shepherd hears news of him: now an old man, he wanders the streets of Granada begging for a living. A sudden event jogs his dead memory,...
August 1936, start of the Spanish Civil War. A young Andalusian shepherd helps a man believed dead by his excutioners and finds a place for him in an asylum given that his bullet injuries have left him in semi-vegetable condition. In 1980, the shepherd hears news of him: now an old man, he wanders the streets of Granada begging for a living. A sudden event jogs his dead memory, and the old shepherd decides to discover the man's true identity. Gradually the investigation comes to a head in the credible possibility that the man is Federico García Lorca.
La vida mancha / Life Marks
Enrique Urbizu
Spain 
Fito hasn't seen his older brother Pedro for years; since childhood. Now he's married to Juana and has a son, Jon. And a lorry. And red numbers at the bank. And a bad habit that stops him from enjoying what he's got: Fito gambles everything away. One day, Pedro returns. To spend a few days. Alone. And this visit, apparently short and banal, will change their lives, leaving them...
Fito hasn't seen his older brother Pedro for years; since childhood. Now he's married to Juana and has a son, Jon. And a lorry. And red numbers at the bank. And a bad habit that stops him from enjoying what he's got: Fito gambles everything away. One day, Pedro returns. To spend a few days. Alone. And this visit, apparently short and banal, will change their lives, leaving them with an irreparable mark on their hearts.
Las horas del día / The Hours of the Day
Jaime Rosales
 
Abel lives with his mother in a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona. His whole life revolves around their small family business, his mother's house, his girlfriend's bed, the corner newsstand, and the neighbourhood bars and cafés. It's always more of the same: the same old problems, the same faces, and the same old conversations. However, beneath his pleasant, calm exteri...
Abel lives with his mother in a small town on the outskirts of Barcelona. His whole life revolves around their small family business, his mother's house, his girlfriend's bed, the corner newsstand, and the neighbourhood bars and cafés. It's always more of the same: the same old problems, the same faces, and the same old conversations. However, beneath his pleasant, calm exterior, a crack opens. A crack with no explanation, but which repeats itself irremediably.
Les mans buides / Where Is Madam Catherine?
Marc Recha
Spain-France 
The story could be told from the point of view of Perroquet, an irritating domestic bird that witnessed the death of its owner, old Madame Catherine, as a result of her excesses and her burial on the sly by Eric the mechanic. It could also be told by stopping on the trains making their way through this hamlet not far from the border, with tickets controlled by dreaming collecto...
The story could be told from the point of view of Perroquet, an irritating domestic bird that witnessed the death of its owner, old Madame Catherine, as a result of her excesses and her burial on the sly by Eric the mechanic. It could also be told by stopping on the trains making their way through this hamlet not far from the border, with tickets controlled by dreaming collectors, lost like Sophie, who everyday dispatch their batch of passengers, including the handsome Gérard. But it could also be followed through the bottles of wine served by Yann, the publican, as he gleefully shares them with his friends Eric and Jean-Claude the gendarme. Or we could follow the sinuous trail marked out by a box of biscuits containing Madame Catherine's savings, money which will unexpectedly end up in the pocket of a pair of trousers at the bottom of an unfortunate washing machine...
Los novios búlgaros / Bulgarian Lovers
Eloy de la Iglesia
Spain 
At 40, Daniel is a relatively well-off homosexual from a good family who spends his free time in the Madrid gay zone with his mates, occasionally landing handsome boys, lately all foreign and particularly Slavs. Meeting Kyril, an attractive 23-year-old Bulgarian, he falls hopelessly in love. The perfect companion for a vital interior voyage, an encounter with his real needs, an...
At 40, Daniel is a relatively well-off homosexual from a good family who spends his free time in the Madrid gay zone with his mates, occasionally landing handsome boys, lately all foreign and particularly Slavs. Meeting Kyril, an attractive 23-year-old Bulgarian, he falls hopelessly in love. The perfect companion for a vital interior voyage, an encounter with his real needs, an uprooted, adventurous alter ego who moreover leads him to the verge of losing his safe, middle-class social status. Daniel is faced with increasingly greater dangers: he acts as guarantor with an important sum of money for his lover's suspicious activities, arranges papers for a stolen car and risks his life to get him out of jail, delivering dangerous radioactive material to the Bulgarian mafias.
My Life Without Me/Mi vida sin mí / My Life Without Me
Isabel Coixet
 
Annek hogeita hiru urte ditu, bi alaba, lanean baino gehiago langabezian egon ohi den senarra, mundua gorrotatzen duen ama, hamar urte kartzelan daramatzan aita, gauez garbitzaile gisa lan egiten du sekula egunez joaterik izango ez duen unibertsitate batean... Bere amaren lorategian karabana batean bizi da, Vancouverreko kanpoaldean. Bizimodu grix hori erabat aldatuko zaio azte...
Annek hogeita hiru urte ditu, bi alaba, lanean baino gehiago langabezian egon ohi den senarra, mundua gorrotatzen duen ama, hamar urte kartzelan daramatzan aita, gauez garbitzaile gisa lan egiten du sekula egunez joaterik izango ez duen unibertsitate batean... Bere amaren lorategian karabana batean bizi da, Vancouverreko kanpoaldean. Bizimodu grix hori erabat aldatuko zaio azterketa mediko baten ondorioz. Egun horretatik aurrera, kontraesana badirudi ere, Annek bizitzearen gozamena aurkituko du.
Polígono Sur (El arte de Las Tres Mil) / Seville Southside
Dominique Abel
 
The star of Polígono Sur is the Sevillian neighbourhood of Las Tres Mil Viviendas, home to over 40,000 people, mostly gypsies expelled from the central districts (especially Triana) with the start of land speculation in the late 60s. The result was the most problematic neighbourhood in the city, a mixture of rootlessness, rejection, drugs and the highest crime rate in Seville....
The star of Polígono Sur is the Sevillian neighbourhood of Las Tres Mil Viviendas, home to over 40,000 people, mostly gypsies expelled from the central districts (especially Triana) with the start of land speculation in the late 60s. The result was the most problematic neighbourhood in the city, a mixture of rootlessness, rejection, drugs and the highest crime rate in Seville. But it also holds another, very different record: the greatest number of artists per square metre in the city, i.e. the greatest concentration of flamenco artists, whether of traditional or new flamenco trend. This was the cradle of extremely important musicians like Raimundo and Rafael Amador (Pata Negra), Juana la del Revuelo, Martín Revuelo, etc., whom, in addition to demonstrating their art, tell us of everyday life in Las Tres Mil.
Soldados de Salamina / Soldiers of Salamina
David Trueba
 
A novelist who has abandoned her career as a writer is on the trail of a real story which took place during the last days of the Spanish Civil War: the writer and phalangist Rafael Sánchez Mazas was shot down together with another fifty prisoners, but succeeded in escaping into the forest and hiding beneath the rain. It would seem that a soldier combing the area came across hi...
A novelist who has abandoned her career as a writer is on the trail of a real story which took place during the last days of the Spanish Civil War: the writer and phalangist Rafael Sánchez Mazas was shot down together with another fifty prisoners, but succeeded in escaping into the forest and hiding beneath the rain. It would seem that a soldier combing the area came across him, but let him escape. The writer recomposes the pieces of this story full of contradictions and enigmatic characters. Her search, unwittingly, is not only for the truth, but also for herself.
Tiempo de tormenta / Stormy Time
Pedro Olea
 
Two couples occupy neighbouring tables in a fashionable restaurant. Elena and Chus are dining with a group of friends, which doesn't stop them from arguing. Very close by, Sara and Oscar are trying to save their sinking marriage. Although they still don't know each other, both couples find a passing solution to their difficulties. A few years later they run into each other agai...
Two couples occupy neighbouring tables in a fashionable restaurant. Elena and Chus are dining with a group of friends, which doesn't stop them from arguing. Very close by, Sara and Oscar are trying to save their sinking marriage. Although they still don't know each other, both couples find a passing solution to their difficulties. A few years later they run into each other again, this time at a hospital emergency department. Elena and Chus, while they share a child, have gone their different ways. Sara and Oscar have suffered a serious misfortune and have been talking different languages for some time. Their lives will change forever from this night on. Tiempo de tormenta is a contemporary drama on love and its problems; on the most serious of addictions: sentimental relationships.
Torremolinos 73
Pablo Berger
 
One day in the early 70s, an encyclopaedia salesman Alfredo López and his lovely wife Carmen receive a proposition from Alfredo's boss that will change their lives forever. He asks them to make their own amateur erotic movies for exclusive distribution in Scandinavia. Alfredo discovers his passion for filmmaking and launches into a successful directing career with Carmen as th...
One day in the early 70s, an encyclopaedia salesman Alfredo López and his lovely wife Carmen receive a proposition from Alfredo's boss that will change their lives forever. He asks them to make their own amateur erotic movies for exclusive distribution in Scandinavia. Alfredo discovers his passion for filmmaking and launches into a successful directing career with Carmen as the star and muse of his movies. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman, Alfredo decides to become a ?serious? director and ends up filming with a Danish crew what he believes will be the movie of his life: Torremolinos 73.
Una preciosa puesta de sol / A Beautiful Sunset
Álvaro del Amo
 
A grandmother, Rosario, her daughter Elena and her grandaughter Beatriz leave the city for a weekend together in a mountain hotel. They all have intentions the others ignore. Rosario has discovered that she suffers from a painful incurable illness. Elena has to convey her husband's message to her mother that she can no longer stay with them at the family home. Her unpleasant mi...
A grandmother, Rosario, her daughter Elena and her grandaughter Beatriz leave the city for a weekend together in a mountain hotel. They all have intentions the others ignore. Rosario has discovered that she suffers from a painful incurable illness. Elena has to convey her husband's message to her mother that she can no longer stay with them at the family home. Her unpleasant mission becomes more complicated with the appearance at the hotel of Fernando, her lover. Beatriz wants away from her boyfriend. The weekend creates a dramatic confrontation between the three, during which they will come to know each other better and learn the difficult lesson of freedom. Elena, the only one of them all to return to the city, announces to her husband and her daughter's boyfriend, who are waiting at the station, that she has a lot to tell them.
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