5 Spanish films you should watch

February 21, 2012

Movies

The most important awards in the Spanish cinema industry, Premios Goya, just took place a couple of days ago so I thought it would be nice to show you some Spanish films that you should watch. Besides I’m a little homesick and I want to prove that not everything is ‘paella’ and ‘fiesta’, well sometimes it actually is…

1. Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) by Alejandro Amenabar

Have you watched Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz? That’s actually a remake of Abre Los Ojos. The funny thing is that Penelope Cruz plays the same role in both movies!

To be honest, I haven’t seen Vanilla Sky, but everyone says is pretty bad so let’s stick to the original version. This is the story of Cesar, a 25-year-old who suffers an accident and is horribly disfigured. After this event he begins to have several disorienting experiences that will make him wonder whether everything around him is real or not.

2. Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother) by Pedro Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar probably became famous around the world after this movie, or maybe after Penelope Cruz screamed his name when he won the award for the Best Foreign Movie at the 1999 Oscars.

This is definitely a good movie to start getting familiarized with Almodovar’s  work. All About My Mother follows the life of Manuela, a mother who loses her son and undertakes a journey to find his father. Along the way she develops relationships with some curious characters.

3. El Dia de la Bestia  (The Day of the Beast) by Alex de la Iglesia

This one is for the horror geeks out there, The Day of the Beast has become a cult film over the years. Really don’t know how to start defining it, it might be definitely shocking for someone not used to Spanish customs and traditions.

The film tells the story of a priest, a heavy-metal fan and a host of a TV show who believe that the anti-Christ is going to be born on Christmas day in Madrid, do I have to say more?

4. Los Lunes al Sol (Mondays in the Sun) by Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Los Lunes al Sol

Los Lunes al Sol via 39Escalones

Javier Barden probably plays one of his best roles in this film. The story takes place in Vigo, a port city on the north west of Spain, a shipyard closes and several men are left with no jobs. Half drama and half comedy, the film is a realistic portrait of working-class Spain.

5. Los Amantes del Circulo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle) by Julio Medem

The director of Sex and Lucia portrays here the love story between Otto and Ana, two step-siblings who meet when they are still kids. The film is circular in plot and deals with subjects like love, death, destiny or the circle of life.

Have you watched any Spanish film recently? What are our favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!

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