Brava will be screened throughout the cycle. (Photo via Los Interrogantes)

When was the last time you went to the cinema? If you’re younger than 65, probably a while ago. Tickets are not cheap here in BA, and international movies have been known to arrive a few months after the initial release date, by which point we have either found them online or are already too engrossed in a Netflix series to really care.

But going to the movies is actually a nice activity, so what is one to do? Lo and behold, we come here to provide you with the perfect opportunity to see a newly released, critically acclaimed Spanish film for around AR $30, a price not to be missed when you think most theaters charge upwards of AR $200 per ticket.

Spanish Film Festival “Espanoramas” is presenting 14 recently released Spanish films at the Gaumont Movie Theatre (Av. Rivadavia 1637) between February 22nd and 28th. Run by CCEBA (Buenos Aires’ Center for Spanish Culture) and INCAA (Argentina’s Association for Audiovisual Aarts), the festival promotes award-winning, Spanish-language feature films.

 

 

All 14 films have been selected by Fran Gayo, a former curator of Argentina’s BAFICI film festival as well as one of the current curators of Galician film festival “Ourense.” While obviously showcasing contemporary Spanish cinema, the festival isn’t trying to offer a complete representation of the Spanish movie scene right now. Instead, each of the movies that will be accessible during the seven day cycle has been selected based on their progressive themes, relevance to today, and their ability to provoke. In conclusion: expect to leave the movie theater with a few of your thoughts challenged.

Speaking with Argentine newspaper Página 12, Gayo talked about Spanish cinema being at a pivotal moment right now. With so many directors pushing their creative limits, and with the ever-growing number of female directors, groundbreaking productions are being released even though Spanish film funding is limited.

It should be noted that all the showcased movies are actual award nominees/winners, with many of them being Goya nominees (the Goya Award is Spain’s highest acclaimed award for film).

Both documentaries and full length feature films will be shown throughout the week, so there will be something available for all tastes.

Among them, one can find “No Sé Decir Adiós,” a dark comedy starring Nathalie Poza which looks at the heartache and struggle of losing a loved one and not knowing how to say goodbye. Finding out her father is terminally ill leads Carla to make the risky decision to take him to Barcelona to get him treated him while both try to escape the unavoidable end.

Taking a different direction, coming of age Catalan drama “Júlia 1” takes place both in Catalonia and Germany. Alternating between the two languages, “Júlia 1” explores the process of moving abroad as a young student as well as the mixed feelings of happiness and loneliness that she cannot comprehend. Written, directed and played by Elena Martín, the movie is an can’t-miss coming of age story.

Double meaning “Converso” (referring to both conversion and conversation) explores complicated themes of religion and faith within the family home. Inspired by the director’s experiences with family members turning to Catholicism, the documentary is produced in a classic interview style, with the director encouraging interview subjects to use the provided chair as a confessional.

What else do you need to know? Hit up your group chat and make plans for the week; you’ll emerge as a newly minted Spanish cinema buff.

See the full movie schedule here.