Ambiente: New Spanish Cinema at SIFF
North America’s leading showcase presents the best in contemporary Spanish film with nine films at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Now in its 40th year, the Festival brings the world’s greatest films to Seattle, showcases every genre imaginable, and provides experiences like no other.
With filmmaker in attendance. Spain, 2014, 99 minutes.
Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet. Is long distance the wrong distance? Even the most passionate relationships can succumb to the stress of physical separation. The steamy bond between Alex and Sergio is enacted through video-chats, texts, status updates and phone calls, as Alex leaves Barcelona for LA.
- On May 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm, at Lincoln Square Cinemas.
- On June 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm, at Harvard Exit.
- On June 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
Spain, 2013, 117 minutes. Directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca.
In this seductive slow-burning thriller, a Granada tailor with a hidden fondness for the taste of human flesh is shocked to find that he may have fallen in love with his next potential victim.
- On May 31, 2014 at 9:30 pm, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
- On June 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Spain, 2013, 95 minutes. Directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo.
In this Spanish comedy, a wedding gathering coincides with the 2010 soccer World Cup final. The family must deal with secrets, infidelity, and a comic range of misunderstandings before the game ends and the knot is tied.
- On May 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm, at Kirkland Performance Center.
- On June 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm, at Egyptian Theatre.
- On June 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
Spain, 2013, 85 minutes. Directed by Ventura Pons.
Join Ignasi Millet, larger-than-life Catalan connoisseur, museum expert, father of two, gay, HIV-positive, and ebullient conversationalist, as he shares provocative and inspirational thoughts on art, religion, sex, and politics.
- On May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
- On May 24, 2014 at 11:00 am, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
Living is Easy With Eyes Closed
Spain, 2013, 108 minutes. Directed by David Trueba.
It’s 1966 and Antonio is using Beatles’ songs to teach English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming in Almería he rushes to meet his idol, with two young misfits along for the ride, in this captivatingly lyrical road movie. Best Film, Best Director, 2014 Goya Awards.
- On May 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm, at Lincoln Square Cinemas.
- On May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm, at Egyptian Theatre.
- On May 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Story of My Death
Spain, 2013, 148 minutes. Directed by Albert Serra.
In his dying days, Casanova lives solemnly with his servant in rainy, moody 18th century Europe. Before he dies he meets a dark force in the form of Dracula, and together they discuss life’s greatest pleasures.
- On May 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
- On May 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
- On June 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Get a taste of this year’s best and boldest batch of Spanish short films.
- On May 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm, at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Witching and Bitching
Spain, 2013, 110 minutes. Directed by Álex de la Iglesia.
Divorced dad Jose and his pals are on the run after a botched burglary, carrying 25,000 cursed golden rings into Basque country, where a coven of bloodthirsty witches exact revenge on behalf of all women.
- On May 17, 2014 at 11:55 pm, at Egyptian Theatre.
- On May 20, 2014 at 9:30 pm, at Egyptian Theatre.
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
Spain, 2013, 92 minutes. Directed by Óskar Santos.
Spain’s most beloved mischief-makers are Zip and Zap, two brothers sent to a strict summer boarding school in this Goonies-esque caper.
- On May 17, 2014 at 10:30 am, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
- On May 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm, at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.
- On May 31, 2014 at 10:30 am, at AMC Pacific Place 11.
Get $2 off any of the following Spanish films screening at their Ambiente: New Spanish Cinema section by using promo code SPLA2014 when ordering tickets online, over the phone, or at the box office.