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Made in Spain
2004. 52nd Edition
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Made in Spain
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Incautos / Unwary
Miguel Bardem
 
Ever since he has been able to think for himself, Ernesto has done only one thing in life: cheat. He learned the in?s and out?s of swindling from an old trickster called ?El Manco?. His victims are careless middle or low-class people and his booty is never more than 200,000 pesetas. After a time, El Manco puts Ernesto in touch with the person considered to be the best swindler ...
Ever since he has been able to think for himself, Ernesto has done only one thing in life: cheat. He learned the in?s and out?s of swindling from an old trickster called ?El Manco?. His victims are careless middle or low-class people and his booty is never more than 200,000 pesetas. After a time, El Manco puts Ernesto in touch with the person considered to be the best swindler ever, Federico, an elegant, sharp and methodological imposter. While most citizens borrow money from the bank and have to pay extortionate taxes, Ernesto cheats bankers, politicians, generals... and never pays a bill, never mind taxes. Life couldn?t be better, ?til the appearance of Pilar, his former lover and sidekick, who left him years ago, having taken off with the loot from a sting. Pilar offers Federico what?s known among swindlers as the flawless heist, the big one before his retirement: a gullible, mean person rotten with illegal cash.
El 7º día / The 7th Day
Carlos Saura
Spain-France 
Two families have been fighting for years over the boundaries of their land, located in a small town in the interior of the Spanish peninsula. These quarrels have already led to much bloodshed when Isabel, a teenager and eldest daughter of one of the families, tries to discover the true origin of the horrible conflict. Isabel finds out, with the help of her first boyfriend, Chi...
Two families have been fighting for years over the boundaries of their land, located in a small town in the interior of the Spanish peninsula. These quarrels have already led to much bloodshed when Isabel, a teenager and eldest daughter of one of the families, tries to discover the true origin of the horrible conflict. Isabel finds out, with the help of her first boyfriend, Chino, that it all started because of an unrequited love. The bitter memory of this experience still poisons the heart of Luciana who not only cannot forget, but also demands that her brothers avenge her, because as a woman she cannot do it herself. The entire town will pay the cost of this vengeance with their blood.
El abrazo partido / Lost Embrace
Daniel Burman
Argentina-Spain-France-Italy 
?I?ve only got this shot of my father. It?s a home video, but you can see it quite well. He?s next to uncle Eduardo and behind the rabbi. They are happy and proud to be circumcising me. The sound isn?t very good, but you can hear me crying behind the guests? cheers. The other day Dad went to Israel to fight a war. The war ended straight away, but he didn?t come home. We get let...
?I?ve only got this shot of my father. It?s a home video, but you can see it quite well. He?s next to uncle Eduardo and behind the rabbi. They are happy and proud to be circumcising me. The sound isn?t very good, but you can hear me crying behind the guests? cheers. The other day Dad went to Israel to fight a war. The war ended straight away, but he didn?t come home. We get letters, the odd call. Mum thinks that?s normal and my brother Joseph doesn?t even mention the subject. I don?t understand them. You don?t slit your son?s penis and disappear for thirty years just like that. It?s not fair. I work with my mum in a shopping mall in the Once district. The mall is my world, my world in extinction. Businesses change, my friends do too, some get married and most of them seek the salvation of a European passport. Aarón is already French, Pedro Spanish and I?ll soon be Polish.? (Ariel, star of the movie)
Astronautas / Astronauts
Santi Amodeo
Spain 
Daniel is nearing forty. Laura is fifteen, going on sixteen. They say that he should be a poet, or a cartoonist, or both. He?s just over a long addiction and, home at last, tries to reorganize his life according to a strategy of basically doing exactly what?s expected of a ?normal? person. Everything that happens to him is more or less predictable, because that?s what it?s all ...
Daniel is nearing forty. Laura is fifteen, going on sixteen. They say that he should be a poet, or a cartoonist, or both. He?s just over a long addiction and, home at last, tries to reorganize his life according to a strategy of basically doing exactly what?s expected of a ?normal? person. Everything that happens to him is more or less predictable, because that?s what it?s all about: he has to keep himself clean, pay attention to detail, submerge himself in the real world... and so on and so forth until he has accomplished the ten little achievements on the decalogue drawn up by an insipid national health psychiatrist. And, in the middle of all this, an unexpected event: Laura arrives in town looking for her brother Andrés, Daniel?s neighbour. But the brother isn?t at home and she decides to wait for him while she organizes around Daniel what could be a perfect world.
Atún y chocolate / Tuna and Chocolate
Pablo Carbonell
Spain 
Manuel, El Perra and El Cherif, three fishermen from Barbate, get by as they can despite the fishing crisis assailing the coast of Cadiz. The next thing one of their sons, Manolín, comes home with yet another problem: he wants to take his first communion. Given that his parents, Manuel and María, aren?t married, and that the boy has never been christened, they have to serious...
Manuel, El Perra and El Cherif, three fishermen from Barbate, get by as they can despite the fishing crisis assailing the coast of Cadiz. The next thing one of their sons, Manolín, comes home with yet another problem: he wants to take his first communion. Given that his parents, Manuel and María, aren?t married, and that the boy has never been christened, they have to seriously think about ?organizing their lives? and getting hitched. Infected by her son?s excitement, María arranges everything, although there is obviously no wedding without guests. And that costs money. What to do? But Manuel?s going to handle that side of things: he?ll ?wangle? a tuna intended for the Japanese (the kilo of tuna is so expensive that not even the fishermen can afford it), aided in his almost impossible mission by El Perra. Their local friends all chip in to help the couple in their act of love.
Cachorro / Bear Cub
Miguel Albaladejo
Spain 
Pedro, an attractive homosexual dentist with no feeling of responsibility for anyone but himself, offers to take care for two weeks of his 9 year-old nephew, Bernardo, with whom he has had very little previous contact. The boy?s mother is Pedro?s sister Violeta, an outdated hippie who goes off to India. Pedro initially modifies his behaviour, not wanting his nephew to see what ...
Pedro, an attractive homosexual dentist with no feeling of responsibility for anyone but himself, offers to take care for two weeks of his 9 year-old nephew, Bernardo, with whom he has had very little previous contact. The boy?s mother is Pedro?s sister Violeta, an outdated hippie who goes off to India. Pedro initially modifies his behaviour, not wanting his nephew to see what he?s really like, nor the type of life he normally leads, finding himself having to rise to a series of unexpected challenges (school, child upbringing, etc.). The relationship between uncle and nephew gradually becomes tighter and more solid, through real love, friendship and affection, until Doña Teresa, Bernardo?s paternal grandmother, appears on the scene, taking advantage of Violeta?s absence to see her grandson and commit emotional blackmail. In her opinion, a homosexual cannot be entrusted with a child?s upbringing.
Hay motivo / There’s Good Cause
Joaquín Oristrell, Pere Portabella, Álvaro del Amo, David Trueba, Gracia Querejeta, Isabel Coixet, José Ángel Rebolledo, Sigfrid Monleón, Icíar Bollaín, Chus Gutiérrez, Víctor Manuel, Pedro Olea, Yolanda García Serrano, Víctor García León, Ana Díez y Bern
Spain 
Hay motivo is a feature puzzle consisting of small parts all lasting for around three minutes. Each of these pieces is directed by a different author and has the purpose of denouncing an aspect of the Spanish social and political reality which deteriorated so badly during the last period of office. The authors took encouragement from the legitimate right to the freedom of expre...
Hay motivo is a feature puzzle consisting of small parts all lasting for around three minutes. Each of these pieces is directed by a different author and has the purpose of denouncing an aspect of the Spanish social and political reality which deteriorated so badly during the last period of office. The authors took encouragement from the legitimate right to the freedom of expression. They wanted to open the citizens? eyes and show some of the problems that the Government of recent years had neglected, manipulated, avoided or quite simply hidden from public opinion.
Héctor / Hector
Gracia Querejeta
Spain 
16-year-old Hector has lost his mother. His Aunt Tere looks after him. From living in a house near the centre with a garden, he finds himself in a small suburban Madrid flat. Hector tries to understand the new reality before his eyes. An extremely different kind of life from his own but towards which he will gradually start to feel very close. Everything changes with the arriva...
16-year-old Hector has lost his mother. His Aunt Tere looks after him. From living in a house near the centre with a garden, he finds himself in a small suburban Madrid flat. Hector tries to understand the new reality before his eyes. An extremely different kind of life from his own but towards which he will gradually start to feel very close. Everything changes with the arrival of Martin, Hector?s father, who has crossed the ocean to be with his son. Although the boy knew of his father?s existence, he had never wanted to meet him. Martin follows him around in the endeavour to explain the reason for his long absence, gain his son?s heart and offer him a new life in Mexico. Hector will have to decide between his recently discovered family and adventure on the other side of the sea. Perhaps because of his character, perhaps because of his feelings, Hector makes his decision.
La mala educación / Bad Education
Pedro Almodóvar
Spain 
Two kids, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, cinema and fear in a religious school at the start of the 60s. Father Manolo, the school principal and their literature teacher, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three characters meet twice again, at the end of the 70s and in the 80s. The re-encounter will mark the life and death of some of them.
Two kids, Ignacio and Enrique, discover love, cinema and fear in a religious school at the start of the 60s. Father Manolo, the school principal and their literature teacher, is witness to and part of these discoveries. The three characters meet twice again, at the end of the 70s and in the 80s. The re-encounter will mark the life and death of some of them.
Nubes de verano / Summer Clouds
Felipe Vega
Spain 
Summer. A tourist town on the Costa Brava. Although Ana, Daniel and their son Manuel come from Madrid, they have been spending their holidays here for the last four years. Ana?s family lends them a fabulous farmhouse near the beach for a month. Marta works in the only stationer?s shop in town. She?s got a boyfriend, Tomás, a baker, and a cousin, Robert, owner of an antique sho...
Summer. A tourist town on the Costa Brava. Although Ana, Daniel and their son Manuel come from Madrid, they have been spending their holidays here for the last four years. Ana?s family lends them a fabulous farmhouse near the beach for a month. Marta works in the only stationer?s shop in town. She?s got a boyfriend, Tomás, a baker, and a cousin, Robert, owner of an antique shop. All five are caught up in a game of truth and lies that will change their lives. Because this summer won?t be like the others. Ana and Daniel?s happy, routine life does an about-turn with the arrival of Robert and his determination to seduce Ana at any cost.
El principio de Arquímedes / The Archimedes Principle
Gerardo Herrero
Spain 
High-flying fashion executive Sonia barely has time for her son and husband. Rocío, also married with a daughter, is Sonia?s neighbour and friend. Despite her excellent professional qualifications, she?s never had much luck, only landing temporary jobs. Each of them wants what the other one?s got, convinced that life would be better if she had it. Sonia seeks time and peace to...
High-flying fashion executive Sonia barely has time for her son and husband. Rocío, also married with a daughter, is Sonia?s neighbour and friend. Despite her excellent professional qualifications, she?s never had much luck, only landing temporary jobs. Each of them wants what the other one?s got, convinced that life would be better if she had it. Sonia seeks time and peace to spend with the son she lately only sees in his pyjamas, while Rocío wants power, social recognition and financial independence. But it won?t be easy to achieve because, like the Archimedes Principle, floating or sinking doesn?t only depend on what you?re made of, but on the job and affective liquid in which you try to swim.
La vida que te espera / Your Next Life
Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
Spain 
In the idyllic hills and valleys of a region in Northern Spain, a fight to the death ensues: Gildo kills his neighbour Severo. The motive is an argument over a splendid, fat milk cow. But there are more than just cows in the deep Pas valley. Girls like Genia long for a good pair of hiking boots and learn belly dancing. Val and Genia are Gildo?s daughters; one works round the cl...
In the idyllic hills and valleys of a region in Northern Spain, a fight to the death ensues: Gildo kills his neighbour Severo. The motive is an argument over a splendid, fat milk cow. But there are more than just cows in the deep Pas valley. Girls like Genia long for a good pair of hiking boots and learn belly dancing. Val and Genia are Gildo?s daughters; one works round the clock, while the other goes to school. Val starts dating Rai, giving in to his romantic impulses, as instructed by her father, who wants to find out how much Rai knows about the homicide and who committed it. Rai also hopes to learn something about his father?s death from Val. Little by little, their investigative intentions turn into real love, a love that causes a threat to everyone.
Las voces de la noche / The Voices of the Night
Salvador García Ruíz
 
Spain, the 50s. Youngsters Elisa and Jorge live in a small industrial village set around a fabrics factory. Jorge is the founder?s son and Elisa the accountant?s daughter. Together they try to bear the monotony of their lives thanks to their secret meetings. They spend their Wednesday and Saturday afternoons together in a room in the city. There they?ve created their own world,...
Spain, the 50s. Youngsters Elisa and Jorge live in a small industrial village set around a fabrics factory. Jorge is the founder?s son and Elisa the accountant?s daughter. Together they try to bear the monotony of their lives thanks to their secret meetings. They spend their Wednesday and Saturday afternoons together in a room in the city. There they?ve created their own world, cut off from the outside, in which they can feel free. Both are aware of the relationship they have created and expect nothing more of one another. Until Elisa decides to break the rules.
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