The lineup for this years International Film Festival is looking cracking – and add to that Val Kilmer being here on the jury its looking great. Films will all be at the newly renovated Santa Eulalia Cinema “Teatro España”.
11.30am – Las Vegas 500 Millones (1968) (They Came to Rob Las Vegas) Esp
Casino dealer Tony Vincenzo knows how to figure the odds, and he figures the job he’s planned is close to a sure thing. He knows about the route and the security measures taken to protect an armored car hauling cash from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. He knows no one will find the car after he’s detoured it off the road and into a specially constructed subterranean desert vault. And yet he doesn’t know enough. Gary Lockwood, Elke Sommer, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Palance and classic caper star Jean Servais (Rififi) are the marquee lights in this tale of a heist as improbable in execution as it is fun to watch. Grab “a thriller equivalent to Leone’s Westerns, reworking old formulas and paying tribute to them at the same time” (Adrian Turner, Time Out Film Guide).
6pm – Les rideaux rouges (2011) Esp – Subtitled Eng/fra
An Oedipus without a complex: Jose, a young man and an orphan, and Pablo, a boy of 13, flee the city, under threat and condemned to drift. Jose, who has to solve the mystery of his identity – Who am I? Who is my mother? is going to have to enter the adult world and set off to find his destiny through a long, solitary dialogue with nature and the rhythms of the world. A film that provides a contemporary vision of an ancestral myth.
8pm – La Rafle (2010) Fra – Subtitled Esp
1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sewn on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they’ve taken shelter. At least that’s what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over. From the Vélodrome D’Hiver, where 13 000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners. Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them. Every character in this film has existed. Every event, even the most extreme, transpired on that summer of 1942.
7pm – Festival of Lights (2010) Eng – Subtitled Esp
Separated from her father when their family immigrates from Guayana, a young girl comes of age in New York City. Battling through a troubled youth and a broken relationship with her mother, she struggles to find peace and discover the secret of what happened to her father.
9.30pm – Cash Crop – Eng
Picture yourself in a forest . . . of weed.
Each “tree” soaring to heights of 20 feet or more, your skin and clothes are getting sticky from the buds you’re brushing as you walk through. And, the smell (mmm, the smell!).
Growers ahead of you are talking about how their friends got raided last week, and how planes keep flying over their property several times a day.
Thinking about the lives of the people who contribute to this $45 billion/year industry, it sinks in that roughly 800,000 people are arrested for marijuana in the U.S. every year.
It seems so hard to fathom any criminal intent as you stand in awe of these magnificent, serene gardens and the loving, caring, down-to-earth people who cultivate them.
Cash Crop is an intimate look into the realities of these peoples’ lives and the communities who depend on them.
11.30 – Magic City Memoirs (2011) – Eng Subtitled Esp
Miami filmmaker Aaron Salgado captures the texture and energy of this pulse-pounding tropical paradise as only a true insider could. Three Miami private high school friends, Mikey, Eric and Angel, revel in their world of privilege and loose parental oversight, to live large on the hip-hop lifestyle — parties, fast cars, fast boats and easy sex — but the upcoming pressures of a life after graduation bear down on them. Mikey, a star baseball player must decide what path to take on his promising future, while Angel must deal with the chip on his shoulder that comes with being the son of the mayor of Coral Gables. As many a Miamian can tell you, life here can get a little too fast, and the boys face a night of trouble that brings them face-to-face with a sobering reality. Rarely has a hometown production made Miami look as beautiful and epic as Salgado and his talented crew have here; the dreamy sheen reminds us of all the magic that is possible from within.
12am – Mercenaries (2011) – Eng Subtitled Esp
Andy Marlow is an ex-British S.A.S serviceman turned mercenary who is working covertly at an observation post in the Balkans after a military coup has resulted in the assassination of the Serbian Prime Minister. The coup has been instigated by Olodan Cracovic, the ex-commander of the Croat Army and wanted war criminal. During the unrest, Olodan’s army raided the U.S. Embassy and has taken the U.S Ambassador and his aide captives. The decision is taken to send in Mercenaries to carry out the top secret rescue. Marlow and his team are sent into Srebrenica under the cover of darkness. US Military personnel posing as United Nations peacekeepers are playing a support role, but cannot take part in active operations. Covertly, Andy and his team infiltrate Olodan’s headquarters, taking him captive and releasing the Ambassador and his aide. However the rescue is far from over. Now they are faced with transporting them back to a safe area twenty five miles south where US troops are waiting. With Olodan’s right hand man in pursuit, their mission takes an unexpected turn. They find themselves outnumbered, outgunned and fighting what could easily be a losing battle.
7pm – Small Town Murder Songs (2010) Eng Subtitled Esp
A modern, gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life.
9pm – The Pink Wall (El Muro Rosa) 2011 – Esp
We couldnt find anything in english on this so here’s a google translation:
Look back on many occasions, it’s hard. And within the homosexual lifestyle, it is especially painful. But to learn to appreciate what we have today, how we have evolved and what we have to improve no choice but to look into the past. My professor said he could not know about a subject if it was not known about their evolution, and that is precisely what gives us the documentary “The Wall Pink ‘by Enrique del Pozo.
In the fifty minute-long documentary, Del Pozo and other LGBT persons life and we have the shadows of times not so distant with Franco and the first years of democracy today. Testimonials accompanying pictures and witnesses to the brutality with which politicians and security forces were attacking gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals.
11pm – I Want to Be a Soldier (2010) – Eng Subtitled Esp
I Want To Be A Soldier” is the story of Alex, an average eight year old kid who seems to grow a morbid fascination for images portraying violence. He begins to develop a communication problem with his parents and other kids at school, and closes in on himself, inventing two imaginary friends.
11.30am – Balearic Spirit
A set of 7 short films:
Mario is about to start his last day as a taxi driver. Things are not going very well, but on his final journey with a mysterious guest he will find the solution to his problems.
Dalt i Baix
Told in four minutes, a couple of tourists take a trip to Dalt Vila and feel that something magical happened just by crossing the Portal de Ses Taules.
Los Remedios de la Abuela
Spanish > English
Peter has been caught … in your own kitchen. To the rescue, there are a host of characters that seem taken from a comic Ibañez
Emilio José, a guy.
You have always heard that voice from within that speaks to you, whispering. It´s there through difficult and easier times. A voice that asks us to believe, to try hard, to do it.
Even though we try to stop it, it will never cease. From childhood it has accompanied us on life´s path. Those whispers are nothing but our dreams, feel them, pay attention to them, fight for them. They don’t have to be a whisper forever, life is a great opportunity. Make them real, they are waiting for you. Join the protagonist on a journey around the world to make your dreams come true, with determination and desire to succeed as your compass. To show you how everything is possible when you commit.
Juan Mateo has been made bigger, but he is still a child inside. He lives in Santa Eugenia, a village where amazing things happen. Juan Mateo is a simple poet and adventurer, but when he looks to the horizon and up to the clouds he is sometimes overcome by nostalgia. But he has a secret gift…
Sara wakes up one morning and realizes that it no longer controls its reality. The day to day routine, his boss, are leading the edge of madness. An idyllic place where you feel that heavenly peace is beginning to take it over. What once was is not what it seems.
7pm – Ne Skazhu (I’m Not Telling) (2010) – Russian Subtitled Eng & Esp
Set in present day Russia, the film’s protagonists Ivan and Anna playfully mock and tease each other as their love oscillates from drunken, fiery passion to chilling, tragic consequences.
10pm – Bollywood Dream (2010) – Esp Subtitled Esp & Eng
Three Brazilian actresses decide to go to Índia to break into the Bollywood film industry. However, once they are inside the heart of Indian Culture and Mythology, their dreams and wills start to change on the contrast between the East and the West, the ancient and the contemporary values, between the individual the the collective yearnings.
10pm – The Doors (1991) – Eng Subtitled Esp
The film also doubles as a biography of the group’s late singer, the “Electric Poet” Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris in 1971, at the age of 27.
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