Bigas Luna Tribute at the Roxie March 6-8

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”

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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”

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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”

The Tit and the Moon_BigasLunaBeautiful, 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”

Anguish_BigasLunaAfter 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.
CMSF Latino Film Fest followers can enter promo code LUNA25 for a discount.

Get your Almodovar Fix at the Castro April 11

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 Beast then 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.

PedroAlmodovar_2011_cannesFFThis 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


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