Tag: spain

THE COFFEE TABLE Review: Wallowing in Its Own Original Mess

New parents Jesus and Maria, still in the nesting phase after moving into a new apartment, need a new coffee table. Engaging with, or rather enduring, one of the oiliest, least competent, salesmen imaginable, it quickly becomes clear that the...

SOCIETY OF THE SNOW Review: Properly Solemn

J.A. Bayona's real-life drama tells a story of survival against all odds.

Friday One Sheet: SITGES #56

It cannot pass without mentioning how much the design team for the Sitges Film Festival, or rather, Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, simply aced the key art this year. On a creamy white field (the similar colour of an...

BURNING BODY Review: Tangled Up in Love

Úrsula Corberó, Quim Gutiérrez, and José Manuel Poga star in a Netflix limited series, based on a true story.

Friday One Sheet: CREATURA

The 'polaroid' style one-sheet is a particular favourite of mine. As you can see below for Elena Martín's Cannes fêted Creatura, it allows room for pull quotes at the top, a well-kerned title below the image, and an ample credit block that...

Cannes 2023 Review: CREATURA, Frightening Female Sexuality

Director Elena Martîn Gimeno gives a committed, bracing performance in her film, without sensationalizing its subject.

Cannes 2023: Exclusive CREATURA Poster Premiere, Spanish Drama Confronts Female Sexual Repression

Spanish filmmaker Elena Martín Gimeno will world premiere her sophomore feature in the upcoming Cannes competition Quinzaine des cinéastes.

IndieLisboa 2023 Review: SAMSARA Delves Into Mysteries of Life

Directed by Lois Patino, the docu-fiction hybrid explores life, death, and what lies beyond.

DANIELA FOREVER: Beatrice Grannò Joins Henry Golding in Nacho Vigalondo's Sci-Fi Romance

Beatrice Grannò, who exquisitely captured her character's journey in Mike White's The White Lotus, Season 2, will star opposite Henry Golding in a new film by Nacho Vigalondo, Daniela Forever. Per the official description: "Struggling to come to terms with...

Berlinale 2023 Review: 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES, Coming of Identity, Told With Deep Empathy

Sofía Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain, Itziar Lazkano, Martxelo Rubio and Miguel Garcés star in Spanish director Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren's feature debut.

PACIFICTION Review: Party All Night With the Devil in Tahiti

Directed by Albert Serra, the film stars Benoît Magimel, Sergi López, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Cécile Guilbert, and Matahi Pambrun.

PACIFICTION Interview: Director Albert Serra Talks Creating Fascinating Images

"I put myself in the position that I don't have anything to say. I am here to create the most fascinating images possible."

Friday One Sheet: MANTICORE

The manticore is a creature from Persian mythology with the head of a lion and the tail of a scorpion. It is capable of shooting poisonous spines at its enemies and prey. I like this minimalist and old school poster...

Friday One Sheet: TIN & TINA

There is a lot going on in this key art for Tin & Tina by Spanish artist and designer Pedro Cabañas: the classic book frame, the children's prayer, the costumes, masks, feathers, finger-of-god lighting, sharp implements, and the bleeding heart on...

Friday One Sheet: EDEN

This is the second time Villuti Creative Studio (the studio that did the exceptional key art for Dennis Villeneuve's Enemy) has been featured for Spanish eco-spa horror picture Edén. While the first one featured the vastness of the wilderness, the...

Review: PIGGY, Bullies, Brutality, Revenge, Consequences

Director Carlota Pereda makes a bold solo debut feature in the shocker Piggy (Cerdita). A bullied girl participates in a brutal revenge through apathy in this Spanish genre highlight, delivering a complex and evocative character study that is sure to spark...

Expanding This Week: THE GOOD BOSS, Javier Bardem and The Slap

In this case, as an exception, maybe he deserves it. To be clear, I am definitely not advocating that anyone should slap their boss. (Side-eye to my wonderful boss.) The titular character, played by Javier Bardem in The Good Boss,...

Friday One Sheet: EDEN

Such glorious use of negative space. The key art for Estefanía Cortes's spa-trauma (thriller? horror? drama?) in the forest, Edén, places the human scale against the implacability of nature to great effect. Designed by Villuti Creative Studio, the same team...

Friday One Sheet: EL SEMBLANTE

The poster for Raúl Cerezo and Carlos Moriana's short film, El Semblante, has the character of an unearthed Renaissance-era tome.  With its distressed Arabesque border design, it also feels like a moveable-type printed document, stamped with a red-inked Spanish Inquisition...

Review: THE TALE OF KING CRAB, Delicious Cinematic Derring-Do

Gabriele Silli's recurring craggy face and his smooth, clear voice guides us through the most unlikely places in an odd sort of Western adventure, directed by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis.