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Instituto Cervantes Invites To Discover the Works of Four Contemporary Spanish Filmmakers

Del corto al largo

MANILA, Philippines — Instituto Cervantes de Manila will screen the works of four contemporary Spanish filmmakers in April. The film series “Del corto al largo” will be streaming two works (a short and a feature film) by each of the selected filmmakers: directors Álex Montoya, Belén Macía, and Juanjo Giménez and the producer María del Puy Alvarado. 

The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. 

The series, which comprises of eight films, will kick off on Wednesday, April 7 at 2 a.m. with the online screening of “Lucas,” directed by Alex Montoya in 2016. Available anytime for 48 hours, the short film can be watched for free and with English subtitles through this link.

Enjoy the weekend watching the comedy “Asamblea,” directed by Alex Montoya in 2018. It is an interesting work of adaptation of the play “La gente”, by Juli Disla and Jaume Pérez, also screenwriters of the film. The emergence of assembly groups after the political movements after 2011 served their authors to cast a comic look at decision-making processes and the capacity for dialogue of the human being. The movie will be available on April 10 and 11 and will be accessible through this link.

The film cycle will continue Wednesday, April 14 with “Mala espina” (2001), a short film by Belén Macías, which tells the story of a teenage girl who has a huge conflict with her elders. “Mala espina” can be seen free on April 14 and 15 by clicking this link.

The same week, on April 17 and 18, Belén Macías’ feature film “Marsella” (2013) shows a dramatic duel between its two protagonists, Goya Toledo and María León, both in a true state of acting grace. 

The third filmmaker on focus will be Juanjo Giménez. Starting Wednesday, April 21 and 22, Instituto Cervantes will offer free online screening of “Rodilla” (2009), a short film about the world of soccer, the passions it arouses and the emotional universe that it means for many people. 

It will be followed on April 24 and 25 by Juanjo Giménez’s feature film “Nos hacemos falta” (2001), a peculiar road-movie that tells the encounter between different antiheroes.  

Finally, the series will close with two samples of producer María del Puy Alvarado’s work. Her trajectory has touched almost every gender. A fine proof is given by the short film “Pulse” (2013), a thriller set in Ukraine but shot in Madrid, which tackles one of the many crimes that are unfortunately perpetrated around the world against adolescents. 

The closing movie of the cycle, Antonio Muñoz Molina, “El oficio de escritor” (2014), will be streamed on May 1 and 2. With it, María del Puy Alvarado faced the proposal to produce a documentary about the writer Antonio Muñoz Molina, to give an account of the main creators of Spanish culture. 

The films, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with ALCINE, the Alcalá de Henares Film Festival (Spain) and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information on this film series, please check out the event page on Instituto Cervantes de Manila Facebook site.

For further information about the cultural program of Instituto Cervantes, please log on to Instituto Cervantes’ website or Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page.

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