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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Recent Spanish Cinema 2018 Begins with Spain's Oscar Entry: Champions

The Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), The American Cinematheque and EGEDA US cordially invite you to the 24th annual series of Meet The Faces of Recent Spanish Cinema presented by the American Cinematheque. Recent Spanish Cinema XXIV runs October 11-14 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

For more than two decades, the American Cinematheque, in association with the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and EGEDA US has been importing the best and brightest of Spanish cinema to Hollywood with its “Recent Spanish Cinema” series. The annual festival has exposed countless Angelenos to Spanish culture, from art and music to food, fashion and more.

Over the course of four days, this year’s series showcases a variety of Spanish movies that includes seven Los Angeles premieres, ranging from comedies to award-winning dramas and a documentary, as well as a short film program and a roundtable discussion with actors and filmmakers in attendance. This year’s series opens with the Los Angeles premiere of Champions (Campeones), Spain’s official Academy Award submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film. The feel-good hit from director Javier Fesser stars Javier Gutiérrez as a man who finds a second chance in life by coaching a basketball team of men with disabilities. Other films included are The Giant, Sunday's Illness, The Tribe, Holy Camp, Lots of Kids, A Monkey and a Castle, and Carmen Y Lola. All of which makes fr a very impressive program indeed.

All films are presented in Spanish with English subtitles unless noted. The series is presented and produced by the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts of Spain (ICAA) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport; the American Cinematheque and EGEDA US (US-based Spanish producers association). THe program also benefits from the support of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, Spain Arts and Culture, Spain USA Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Tourist Office of Spain in Los Angeles, USC Dornsife, Villanueva Centro Universitario, Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, Marca España, Filmotech and Casa de España in Los Angeles. Sponsored by Palacios, Estrella Damm, Tequila Honor and CVNE.

Wow. That's a lot of cultural support. With that kind of a pedigree there's no doubt you'll be seeing some of the finest films of the world. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience cinema created beyond the borders of Hollywood. It will open your eyes and broaden your horizons.

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