Last updated April 19, 2021
In this provocative film-within-a-film, a director heads to Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a movie about the trespasses of Christopher Columbus in the New World, only to find the locals protesting present-day exploitation of the poor.
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Director Fernando Trueba and artist Javier Mariscal collaborate on this animated celebration of Cuban music that features pianist Bebo Valdés and other jazz greats in an epic story of romance, ambition and glamour set in the 1940s.
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At the onset of the Spanish Civil War, a sheltered boy (Manuel Lozano) in rural northern Spain forms an indelible bond with his kindly leftist teacher (Fernando Fernán Gómez), who imparts his love for nature to the young student. Director Jose Luis Cuerda gentle and nostalgic drama, based on the short stories of Manuel Rivas, was nominated for 13 Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscar), winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Javier Bardem stars in this moving film based on a true story as Ramon Sampedro, a Spaniard who's condemned to life as a quadriplegic. Determined to die with dignity, Sampedro leads a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life. His extraordinary example even inspires his lawyer, Julia (Belen Rueda), and a local woman (Lola Duenas) to reach for the heavens, with both women achieving far beyond their wildest dreams.
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Filmed over the course of one year, this appetizing documentary about the creation of Michelin-rated three-star cuisine shadows world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià as he plans and perfects a new menu from the privacy of his Barcelona cooking lab.
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Using interviews, archival footage and clips from old movies, director Edmon Roch tells the fascinating tale of Juan Pujol, a Spaniard who, under the codename Garbo, worked as a double agent during World War II and helped the Allies win the war.
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When enigmatic Rai saves young dancer Bruno from a mugging, an intimate and adventurous friendship soon develops between the two men. Throw Bruno's girlfriend, Carla, into the mix, however, and emotions suddenly become more complicated.
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To get over losing her boyfriend, Lucía retreats to a quiet Mediterranean island to examine the passionate beginning and darker details of their relationship. Fact blends with fiction and time bends in unexpected ways as Lucía's memories unfold.
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Although she's the product of an average, middle-class Spanish family, Caye (Candela Pena) works as a prostitute, spending her days hanging out at a hair salon, dreaming of a better life and complaining about her low-class, immigrant competition. That is, until she meets Zulema (Micaela Nevarez), a recent arrival from the Dominican Republic who prompts Caye to reconsider her attitude toward her sister streetwalkers.
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This lyrical drama follows poverty-stricken Marcela, who finds a seemingly perfect job caring for bedridden senior Amador -- but their unlikely friendship comes to an end when Amador suddenly dies, forcing Marcela to concoct a unique plan to survive.
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Buenos Aires in the 1970s was a hotbed of dictatorial political unrest marked by a rash of disappearances (read: abductions and murders). Theatre director Carlos Rueda (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Cecilia (Emma Thompson), get caught up in the flux when she writes an inflammatory editorial. When Cecilia's jailed, Carlos develops the supernatural ability to see the future -- a future where he imagines his wife dying during an escape attempt.
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This documentary produced by Javier Bardem follows the plight of the Sahrawi, refugees living in the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara who have suffered countless human rights abuses.
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After accidentally traveling to the past, Héctor (Karra Elejalde) meets himself and triggers a series of mysterious events that lead to a shocking crime. The gripping time-travel story -- at once deeply intricate and easy to follow -- also stars Candela Fernández. Oscar-nominated short-film director Nacho Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this finely crafted sci-fi thriller.
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This unconventional comedy tracks the individual journeys of three far-flung groups of soccer fans. Overcome with a desire to watch the 2002 World Cup, these unlikely soccer buffs make a 500-kilometer trek to find a town with a working TV set.
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In this raw drama, battered wife Pilar finally flees her violent husband with her son in tow, taking asylum at her sister Ana's home. Free from the clutches of her abusive husband, Pilar struggles to start a new life but she still loves him.
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Preparing for their dream wedding, Alberto and Susana patiently endure the dramas of their best friends, Lea and Ernesto -- until Ernesto is misdiagnosed with a fatal disease and his dying wish is to sleep with Susana. The couple now wavers between their natural instincts to deny the indecent proposal and their desire to fulfill the unexpected hopes and dreams of their fated friend in this fast-paced comedy of errors from Spain.
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This zany comedy in Meet the Parents fashion is a cautionary tale of bringing home that special someone. Leni's family is a handful: there's her blind grandfather, the belly dancer sister with a 5-year-old daughter, the brother with a newfound relationship with religion, the pre-menopausal mother and the estranged father. Leni brings her fiancé, Rafi, to meet the family, but all chaos ensues when the Jewish clan discovers he's Palestinian.
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When a disturbed young man (Antonio Banderas) kidnaps and ties up a porn queen (Victoria Abril), a psychological power play ensues, with both serious sex and offbeat laughs in director Pedro Almodóvar's typically bizarre look at relationships. As the woman is held captive, she becomes torn by her growing bond with her abductor. The film was nominated for 14 Goya Awards -- the Spanish version of the Oscar -- including Best Picture.
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After losing his wife and home during a catastrophic hurricane, an English professor from Honduras immigrates with his daughter to California, where he begins working in the fields. But sometimes trouble follows a man, and tragedy soon strikes again.
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The third chapter in the blood-chilling REC franchise begins with protagonists Koldo and Clara about to be wed, when several guests begin falling ill. The scene quickly turns ghoulish as those infected by a demonic virus begin to go lethally mad.
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The arrival of a foreigner causes a stir in a small Mediterranean village when it's rumored that he will be reopening an old shop. The stranger's arrival brings hope to the locals, but the language barrier obscures his intentions for being there.
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After landing a gig as a sad circus clown, timid Javier (Carlos Areces) falls for beguiling but masochistic trapeze artist Natalia (Carolina Bang) and begins battling for the beauty's affections with her brutally abusive boyfriend, Sergio (Antonio de la Torre). Written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia, this darkly humorous commentary on Spain's fascist past features an abundance of blood-splattered violence and gruesome gore.
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