This fascinating documentary from Argentina screened during SFLFF 2010. Directed by Xavier Villaverde and Regina Alvarez. You can view it in its entirety here:
A special treat for cinephiles- a tribute to Bigas Luna! Cine+Mas is happy to be a community partner. Get your tickets in advance. Use the promo code: LUNA25 for a discount.
March 6, 7:00pm Jamon Jamón “Ham, Ham”
A modern classic of Spanish cinema starring Javier Bardem, Jordi Mollà and, in her debut film, Penélope Cruz, Jamón Jamón is seared into cinema history as much for its image of Cruz taking shelter from a storm under a testicle she has ripped from a giant billboard bull, as for rival lovers Bardem and Mollà squaring off, each armed with legs cured ham. An allegory for Spain itself, Luna engages in intricate word play while rhapsodically juxtaposing the new and the old and food and erotic desire. Directed by Bigas Luna, 95min., 1992, Spain
March 7, 7:00pm Huevos de Oro “Golden Balls”
Benito González works construction in Melilla and dreams big – of building the tallest building in Benidorm, a great phallic symbol of power, González Towers. Over several years, we see Benito’s rise and fall, much like the construction of his tower. Through force of personality, he puts the financing together, taking advantage of women who love him – Claudia, a model who wants to be a star, and Marta, the US educated daughter of a banker whose loan Beni- to needs. Can his force of personality – his huevos de oro – compensate for shoddy building materials, no permits, and undercapitalization? Nature may have her own power and surpri- ses in store for Benito. Directed by Bigas Luna, 95mins, Spain, 1993.
March 7, 9:30pm La Teta y la Luna “The Tit and the Moon”
Beautiful, playful, innocent, funny, endearing. Nine-year-old Tete (Duran) has a problem any older brother can relate to; the family’s new arrival has replaced him at his mother’s breast. He must invoke the moon for a new tit to call his own. Cue the entrance of Estrellita, an imposing Gallic cabaret performer. However, adolescent Miquel already has his eyes on Estrellita, while the lady herself seems sweet on her stage partner, Maurice, never mind his impotence. The director sets up symbolic oppositions between the relative youth and sexual experience of the various males, and even the French, Spanish and Catalan speaking participants in the drama – the whole affair being unified by the image of the breast suckling one and all. It is a paean to a Mediterranean culture. Directed by Bigas Luna, 90min., Spain, 1994
March 8, 7:00pm Angustia “Anguish”
After being hypnotized by his bizarre mother, a man goes on a brutal killing spree complete with telepathic commands from mom to carve the eyeballs from his victims. But just when you think you’ve seen it all, comes the most shocking twist imaginable.
Zelda Rubinstein (POLTERGEIST, SOUTHLAND TALES) and Oscar nominee Michael Ler- ner (BARTON FINK, MANIAC COP 2) star in one of the most acclaimed and unconventional horror films of the ‘80s. You won’t believe your eyes as controversial Spanish writer/direc- tor Bigas Luna, known primarily for his ‘art house films’ like JAMON, JAMON, creates an otherworldly twist of reality in the William Castle tradition. Directed by Bigas Luna, 89min., Spain, 1987.
*All titles are Original Spanish version with English subtitles.
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“…Alien Hunter is a project very dear to my heart. It reveals a part of immigration that for years I was unsure on how to express but knew needed to be heard. Now, as an adult with these experiences that have humbled me, I hope to bring these children out of the darkness: to create compassion and to challenge people to educate themselves about WHY these children cross our borders…” – Alex Meraz, Executive Producer