Spanish Film Showcase

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BC MOMA (Broadway Cinematheque) (当代MOMA百老汇电影中心) , 1 Xiangheyuan Lu Thu 20 Oct - Sun 30 Oct

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Ten days of Spanish cinema, ranging from Pedro Almodóvar’s bittersweet comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown to Miguelanxo Prado’s dreamy fairytale From the Sea. Visit for further information.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Pedro Almodovar, 1988, 90 min
Audio: Spanish – original version. Subtitles: Chinese

Pepa and Ivan are both voice-over actors. The voice he uses to sweet-talk Pepa (and many other women) is the same one he uses in his work. He is about to leave on a trip, and asks Pepa to pack his things in a suitcase that he picks up later after breaking up with her through the answering machine. Pepa feels shattered and decides to rent out the apartment that reminds her of him. While she is waiting, the apartment crowds with people who let her think about the solitude and the madness, and who also reveal to her some secrets about her ex-lover.

Showing: Friday 21 at 7pm
Showing: Sunday 30 at 4pm

Born to Suffer

Miguel Albaldejo, 2009, 110 min
Audio: Spanish – original version.Subtitles: Chinese
Aunt Flora is a 70-year-old woman who has always had to care for others. She never married because she was never really interested in men, but that meant all her relatives turned to her when they needed someone to take care of them. First it was her parents, then her three nieces…When the girls grew up and left the village, she had to look after her Aunt Virtudes, also single and very long-lived. Flora uncomplainingly agreed to look after her but felt indignant that none of her nieces would consider moving back to town to lend a hand. Her nieces do what they think is sensible: they look for another woman to help Flora, paying her to live with Flora and Aunt Virtudes. This woman is Purita, an absolute saint, hard-working, submissive, obedient and quite…almost like a slave.

Showing: Saturday 22 at 2pm
Showing: Wednesday 26 at 8.30pm

The Zone

Rodrigo Pla, 2007, 96 min
Audio: Spanish – original version. Subtitles: Chinese
Alejandro is an adolescent who lives in a closed, self-sufficient residential zone that has plenty of private security. Increasing delinquency, fears of violence and lawlessness have forced both the family and the rest of the residents to choose this place as their last haven of peace. One day in the early morning three intruders manage to enter the area but two of the thieves are gunned down by the private security guards. The third thief manages to escape and is at large in the interior of the zone. After an acrimonious discussion and aware of the prevailing corruption and inefficiency, the majority of the neighbours in the Zone decide to take justice into their own hands.

Showing: Monday 24 at 8.40pm
Showing: Saturday 29 at 2pm
Woman Without Piano

Javier Rebollo, 2009, 93 min
Audio: Spanish – original version. Subtitles: Chinese
Woman Without Piano is the portrait of an anonymous housewife at the turn of the 21st century in Madrid. The main character is a married woman. For her, nothing compares to the intimate satisfaction of watching a piping hot dish served, on time, for lunch. The movie shows 24 hours in her domestic, professional and sexual everyday life - a life she flees from one night. The film is the tale of what happens during that night. Some might say this movie reflects the alienation of a housewife, but the story is really about a woman on the brink of menopause, a woman with no friends and no social life. She has devoted her life to her family, she doesn’t think she is pretty, she hates her hair... and just slips into the strangeness of the night. Because when night falls, a fun, dark and absurd new world rises.

Showing: Monday 24 at 7pm
Showing: Friday 28 at 9.20pm
De Profundis

Miguelanxo Prado, 2006, 71 min
Audio: No dialogue. Subtitles: No dialogue.
Once upon a time there was a house in the middle of the sea where a woman waited while she played a melancholy violoncello… She was waiting for her beloved, a painter who had always wanted to be a sailor so that he could navigate amongst the jellyfish, the sea stars and the thousand coloured fishes that he dreamt of in his paintings… His fascination led him to undertake a trip with the purpose of discovering the exciting beauty and mysteries of the deep sea, but one that meant that neither of them knew if they would ever meet again… A trip to the depths of the sea. A dream come true. A love story. A poem in motion...

Showing: Sunday 23 at 2pm
Showing: Tuesday 25 at 7pm, followed by a Q&A session with director Miguelanxo Prado.


Adrian Garcia Victor Maldonado, 2007, 80 min
Audio: Spanish – original version. Subtitles: Chinese
In the ageing orphanage the days pass very uneventfully, but the nights are something quite different; at least for Tim they are. The light reflected from the stars is the only cure for his fear of the dark. One night this fear leads him to the orphanage rooftop. Where he discovers that his favourite star has disappeared, and unfortunately it’s not going to be the last one. Tim also discovers the Cat Shepherd and his faithful cat Tobermory, that will become Tim's personal guardians. Tim convinces the Shepherd to take him to see Moka, the guardian of the night, and pleads for him to return the stars to the night sky.

Showing: Wednesday 26 at 7pm
Showing: Sunday 30 at 2pm

Alejandro Amenabar, 2009, 129 min
Audio: English – original version. Subtitles: Chinese
Fourth century AD, Egypt under the Roman Empire. Violent religious upheaval in the streets of Alexandria spills over into the city's famous library. Trapped inside its walls, the brilliant astronomer Hypatia and her disciples fight to save the wisdom of the Ancient World. Among them, the two men competing for her heart: the witty, privileged Orestes and Davus, Hypatia's young slave, who is torn between his secret love for her and the freedom he knows can be his if he chooses to join the unstoppable surge of the Christians.

Showing: Saturday 22  at 4pm
Showing: Thursday 27 at 8.40pm

Rodgrigo Cortes, 2010, 95 min
Audio: English – original version. Subtitles: Chinese
Paul Conroy, a family man and civilian contract worker in Iraq, wakes to find himself buried alive inside a coffin. With no idea why he's been put there and far less so why, the only chance of escape from his agonising nightmare is a mobile phone. Poor cover, a low battery and lack of oxygen are the major obstacles in a life and death race against time: Paul has only got 90 minutes to get out of there.

Showing: Sunday 23 at 4pm
Showing: Tuesday 25 at 9pm
Showing: Friday 28 at 7pm


Daniel Benmayor, 2010, 97 min
Audio: Spanish  French– original version. Subtitles: Chinese
Spain. 1808. The 6th of June, 1808, the Napoleonic Army suffers its first defeat at the hands of a single man: a drummer boy who used the Montserrat mountains to echo his drums and send the French troops into a panicked retreat. When the news reaches Napoleon, he orders the captain of the imperial guard, Alain Maraval, to bring back the head of the young man responsible for his defeat. The captain gathers together a band of his best men and begins to hunt down the drummer known as Bruc.

Showing: Thursday 27 at 7pm
Showing: Saturday 29 at 4pm
Date: Thu 20 Oct - Sun 30 Oct
Time: tbc-tbc
Venue name: BC MOMA (Broadway Cinematheque) (当代MOMA百老汇电影中心)
English address: North area of Dongzhimen MOMA, 1 Xiangheyuan Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区东直门香河园路1号, 万国城北区(二环路东北角)
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