Part of what makes the Castro Theater such a treasure is the programming. This month for example there were three days of a sing-a-long screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beastthen drag performer Miss Coco Peru the next day followed by Django Unchained. I’m happy to see that in that eclectic mix of films and performances that classic films, Oscar winners, film festivals and foreign films all have a grand film palace for people to see them as they’re meant to be seen: on the big screen.
This month they’ll be screening a couple of Pedro Almodóvar films. You can catch All About My Mother at 4:55PM & 9:10PM and Talk To Her at 2:45 and 7PM, Thursday April 11th.
Talk to Her: 2002 Spain Comedy/Drama
Two men share an odd friendship while they care for their girlfriends who are both in deep comas.
All About My Mother: France/Spain 1999 Comedy/Drama
Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela. Won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Stars Marisa Paredes, Cecilia Roth, Penélope Cruz, Antonia San Juan
The UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives (BFA/PFA) in Berkeley will present the series The Spanish Mirth: the Comedic Films of Luis Garcia Berlangafrom March 29 through April. Visit the BAM/PFA website for the series details.
Luis Garcia Berlanga (1921-2010) was a Spanish filmmaker who wrote and directed some of Spain’s most important films during the Francisco Franco dictatorship. Using satire and irony, Berlanga evaded censors to deliver his barbs against the regimeand a style of film that helped shape Spanish cinema thereafter. Berlanga received many honors and accolades from the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy, and Montreal; served as the head of the jury at Berlin; was nominated for an Oscar for Placido ; won a Goya Award for Everyone to Jail! in 1980.
Here are notes about three of the seven films:
Friday, March 29, 2013
7:00 p.m. ¡Bienvenido, Mr. Marshall!
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1953). A tiny Spanish backwater pulls out all the stops to reinvent itself as a postcard-perfect Andalusian village—complete with flamenco dancing, bullfights, and more—in order to impress delegates doling out financial rewards in Berlanga’s satirical jab at Spanish national values. (86 mins)
Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. Plácido
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1961). A charity campaign suggests “Sit a Poor Person at Your Table” in Berlanga’s frantic, gag-riddled romp. Filled with hilarious barbs, impious prattle, and high society comeuppance, you’ll revel in a surplus of black humor. (85 mins)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
7:00 p.m. La escopeta nacional
Luis García Berlanga (Spain, 1978). Archival print! An oily manufacturer sponsors a hunt on the estate of a nobleman who has fallen on hard times. Berlanga’s madcap Escopeta (Shotgun) stays on target with a load of high-impact and hilarious shot. (95 mins)