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Almodóvar’s low-cost comedy fails to raise a laugh

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The Spanish director’s latest, an up-in-the-air farce, is overlong and self-indulgent and relies on his stock-in-trade characters.

March 18th, 2013 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, IberoArts | Read More »

Goya 2012: no joy for Almodóvar

Enrique Urbizu’s 'No Rest for the Wicked' carried off Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

The Skin I Live In looked set to sweep the board at this year’s Spanish Film Academy Awards on February 19, instead Enrique Urbizu’s gritty cop thriller ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ took the top prizes.

February 21st, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, IberoArts, Spain News | Read More »

It’s gonna be a love fest at the Goya awards

Salma Hayek is nominated for a best actress award in the Goyas.

Expect few surprises when Spain’s film community gather to celebrate the best and the brightest. The main event will be a very public reconciliation between Pedro Almodóvar and the Spanish Film Academy.

January 18th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, IberoArts, Spain News | Read More »

Balagueró hits top horror form with ‘Mientras duermes’

Luis Tosar plays a psychopath in 'Mientras duermes'.

The director of ‘Rec’ takes a leaf out of the masters’ book with a psycho-killer thriller that won’t let you sleep.

October 21st, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, Spain News | Read More »

‘The Skin I Live In’: another Almodóvar masterpiece?

Antonio Banderas teams up with Pedro Almodóvar for the first time in two decades in 'The Skin I live In'.

The Manchegan maestro has produced a tour de force, if you believe many reviewers. But they are ignoring the director’s failure to create genuine tension and his reliance on cinematic gimmicks.

September 8th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Films, IberoArts | Read More »

Industry infighting spices up Spanish cinema awards

The Goya awards are being overshadowed by the illegal downloading issue.

Spats, walk-outs, and mystery over who is going to present the ceremony: this year’s Goyas have more than their fair share of baggage.

February 8th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Films | Read More »

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