NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and PRAGDA present "Spanish Cinema Days", a film festival showcasing the best of contemporary Spanish cinema from 2016-2018 (free and open to the public).

Still from Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas: los niños olvidados)

NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and PRAGDA present Spanish Cinema Days, a film festival showcasing the best of contemporary Spanish cinema from 2016-2018 (free and open to the public).

Five outstanding films—including the award-winning thriller The Fury of a Patient Man—have been curated to strike a balance between emerging talent and established filmmakers, commercial and independent productions, and different genres.

“Contemporary cinema from Spanish-speaking countries is stronger than ever. Spain has produced an exciting and eclectic mix of new talent and we’re excited to celebrate this vital and vibrant cinema,” said Laura Turégano, associate director of NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center.

The showcase will be held December 7-9 at NYU’s King Juan Carlos Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012. For more information and updates about Spanish Cinema Days, please visit https://pragda.com/events/spanish-cinema-days-recent-films-from-spain-2016-2018/.

Schedule:
Friday, December 7

7:00 p.m.:
The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira). Winning Best Picture, Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 2017 Goya© Awards, this film is Raúl Arévalo’s breathtaking directorial debut, a thriller about a man who has waited years to avenge a crime everyone else has forgotten.

Saturday, December 8
5:00 p.m.:
The Motive (El autor) by Manuel Martin Cuenta takes us to the odd world of art creation and twisted manipulation. Performed by a superb Javier Gutiérrez, it is one of the most awarded films of the year and received the Fipresci Critic’s Award at the Toronto Film Festival.

8:00 p.m.: Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo), an award-winning comedy by Gustavo Salmerón, reveals a portrait of the filmmaker’s extraordinary mother, Julita, and the family search for the vertebra of his murdered great-grandmother.

Sunday, December 9, 2018
4:00 p.m.:
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Psiconautas: los niños olvidados) by Alberto Vázquez y Pedro Rivero is based on Vázquez’s legendary graphic novel. This haunting and darkly comic animated tale tells a coming-of-age story in a world gone to ruin.

6:00 p.m.: Giant (Handia) by Jon Garaño and Aitor Arregi—the winner of ten Goya Awards—is based on true events and tells the story of one of the greatest myths in Basque history: Miguel Joaquin, the Giant of Altzo. Convinced that everyone will pay to see the tallest man on Earth, Miguel and his brother travel all over Europe—a trip in which ambition, money and fame forever changes the family’s fate.

Spanish Cinema Days is curated by Marta Sánchez, Director, PRAGDA, and Laura Turégano, Associate Director, NYU KJCC and is produced by NYU KJCC and PRAGDA. Co-sponsored by NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Photo ID is required for entrance to NYU buildings.  

About NYU’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
Since 1997, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of New York University has centered on increasing awareness of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world at NYU and fostering cultural and intellectual exchange. Having established itself with numerous well-received programs, it offers a wide array of lectures, conferences, readings, screenings, exhibitions, among different special events, with the aim of reaching a growing audience while deepening its commitment to its current constituency. For more, please visit www.kjcc.org.

About PRAGDA
PRAGDA is a film distribution company specialized in the educational market, selling and renting Ibero American films to universities as well as organizing public exhibitions in cinematheques, museums, and local theaters. PRAGDA was created to promote, disseminate, and maintain the legacy of Spanish and Latin American cinema. www.pragda.com

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