Archivo de la categoría: Spanish cinema

Icíar Bollaín goes to L.A.

Today, the Spanish director Icíar Bollaín has flown to L.A. to show her wonderful movie También la lluvia to the Academic members, to convince them that the Spanish movie is a great product to be one of the five (or more, who knows) movies to get the foreign language film Oscar. I met Icíar some years ago and she was really, really tired, because it was ten o’clock in the evening. I asked her for an interview but she wasn’t  in the mood, so I knelt in front of her and beg. She thought a) that I was totally crazy and b) that I was funny, so I got my interview. I hope in some days she is to go back again to L.A. to pick up the Oscar. The movie deserves it. By the way, this is the good Spanish movie of the year, and we have found it when 2011 is only five days long. A new record.


Spanish cinema is different, definitely

Today we have known the movie Spain has chosen to fight for the Oscar, También la lluvia, and it’s a film that hasn’t been released on cinemas, and it’s not to be until January, so practically nobody knows if the movie it’s nice, good, brutal, funny…

Apart from that, those days we can see a Spanish movie based on comics, El Gran Vázquez, but instead on characters it’s based on the writer of those comics, Manuel Vázquez. The movie it’s really nice to be seen, but I guess it’s only for the internal market.


How deeply can you be involved when making a documentary?

I have watched today a Spanish documentary, directed by Helena Taberna and titled Nagore (that is to be released soon, at least in Spain). It’s the real story of a trial. A young man has killed a young woman and the story is told from the point of view of the people involved in the story: the family, the lawyers, the politicians of Navarra, the victim’s friends… It is an interesting movie, because we go inside a real trial to see how the justice works and we also see some unique scenes, like the reconstruction of the killing, with the killer, the lawyer, some policemen and even a woman who plays the victim (I don’t envy that job). When I see movies like this one, I always wonder how deeply can someone be involved when making a documentary. You are in front of the family, listening to a terrible story and you must be professional enough to mantain the camera and don’t push it away the hug the victim’s family. The polish director Kieslowski started filming documentaries, but one day he decided it was to hard to get into another people’s life. It was like being in hell, so he decided to change his style and started filming fiction who looked like real life but it wasn’t. I am not hard enough to do this kind of movies (in case I’ll film some kind), but  I still recommend Nagore.


Where is the good Spanish movie of this year (2010)?

Spanish cinematography is peculiar. Every year hundred of movies are shot in Spain and a huge amount of them are released on cinemas. In spite of that, every year there is, as much, a couple of good movies. The problem now is that distributors are already showing to the medias the movies that are to be released on october and no good movie has still appeared. Is it 2010 to be a blank year? I hope not.

Here is a list of last years good Spanish movies (always according to my own criteria, of course).

2010: ?

2009: Celda 211 (also, Agora)

2008: Camino

2007: Bajo las estrellas (also Caótica Ana, a movie that everybody -except me- hates)

2006: Un franco, catorce pesetas