La Película presents Spanish films

The festival with have show recent films plus two retrospectives

La Pelicula festival will present films from Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries from Feb. 19 to 24 at Prague’s kino Světozor. Most films will be presented with English and Czech subtitles. While the main focus is Spain, special attention will be given to Peru.

A highlight of the festival is the thriller Everybody Knows (Všichni to vědí / Todos lo saben), starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. The tale of a kidnapping at a wedding in a small town was directed by Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for the 2012 film A Separation. The film will soon go into Czech theaters, but with just Czech subtitles save for exceptional screenings.

There will also be an English-subtitled screening of the Oscar-nominated Roma on Feb. 24, the day before this year’s Oscars are announced. (Note that an earlier screening of Roma in the festival does not have English subtitles.)

The festival will open with Champions (Šampióni / Campeones), a sports comedy-drama about a coach who is ordered to do community service by training a team of disabled people. It was the highest-grossing film in Spain in 2018 and won three Goya Awards including Best Picture.

Another Goya Award-winning film in the festival is The Realm (Království / El reino), which earned Best Director as well as awards for the script and acting. A Spanish politician who secretly gets his money from illegal business threatens to destroy his entire party after a newspaper exposes him.

Animation fans can check out Black is Beltza (Black se řekne Beltza), about a 1965 parade in New York, where two giant puppets were not allowed in because they were black. This film is partly in English with Spanish and Czech subtitles.

A special section will focus on Pilar Miró with six films from 1980 up to 1996, the year before her passing at age 57. The thriller Your Names Poisons My Dreams (Tvé jméno mi zamořilo sny / Tu nombre envenena mis sueños), traces from the 1990s back to an incident in the Spanish Civil War. Her film The Dog in the Manger (Zahradníkův pes / El perro del hortelano) is based on a 17th century play by Lope de Vega. Her 1993 film The Bird of Happiness (Pták štěstí / El pájaro de la felicidad) sees a woman whose life is turned upside down by a violent assault.

The section devoted to Peru has five films made between 2012 and ’18. Topics range from a real life story of terrorism in A Knife in Heaven (Nože v nebi / Cuchillos en el cielo) to Climas (Tři ženy – tři osudy), about three women and their different lives.
The festival is organized by the Embassy of Spain in Prague, Instituto Cervantes and kino Světozor

with support from the Embassy of the Republic of Peru in the Czech Republic.

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