Instituto Cervantes highlights works of women this March

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Mar 2, 2007
Director and co-screenwriter Icíar Bollaín's approach to Te doy mis ojos is excellent, giving the topic of spousal abuse the respect and importance that it deserves.

Instituto Cervantes, Spain's cultural organization in the Philippines, screens free Spanish movies with English subtitles every Saturday (6 p.m.) at the Instituto Cervantes Salón de Actos in Ermita, Manila.

In the last few years, cinema done by Spanish women has grown notably, following a general trend in Spanish society. In order to celebrate Women's Month this March, Instituto Cervantes of Manila, with the collaboration of Filmoteca MAE, presents the works of five young Spanish female directors.

Unless indicated, the films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

This month's schedule features:

March 3: Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes)

Directed by Icíar Bollaín

For Adults Only

Catch the movie that swept the Goya Awards (Spain's equivalent of the Oscars) of 2004. This is an award-winning tale of domestic abuse. Pilar is a terrified housewife on the run from husband Antonio and his regular outbursts of violent rage. Taking refuge with her sister Ana, she tries to build a new life—but she's still in love with the man who beat her. Te doy mis ojos is a powerful and moving look at the image of spousal abuse.

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March 10: El tren de la memoria (The Memory Train)

Directed by Marta Arribas, Ana Pérez

In Spanish with NO subtitles

Spain, 1960. Two million Spaniards leave the country forced by need. Destination: France, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Half of them are illegal immigrants who travel without a contract of employment. 80% of them are illiterate. They have to face the wall of different languages and habits. Spain, at present: other people in need knock on the doors of a prosperous nation. Almost nobody remembers the story. Josefina does. She keeps memory alive by her travel in the memory train. Destination: Nuremberg, Germany.

March 17: Cosas que nunca te dije (Things I Never Told You)

Directed by Isabel Coixet

Ann, a saleslady of a photography shop has moved to an unfamiliar city because she wants to be near her boyfriend Bob. One day he calls her to suddenly break-up with her. Ann, who is devastated, searches for a hotline desperate people and meets Don, a volunteer who sells houses and seems unable to understand her problems.

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March 24: El alquimista impaciente (The Impatient Alchemist)

Directed by Patricia Ferreira

A cadaver of a man is found naked and tied to a bed in a drive-by motel. Vila, a disillusioned psychologist-turned-cop, accompanied by his female partner Chamorro, receives orders to investigate the death. The case is closed fairly quickly and ruled as an accident. It is re-opened however when the detectives discover the body of a woman who had been partially devoured by wolves and is believed to be connected to the man's murder.

March 31: El cielo gira (The Sky Turns)

Directed by Mercedes Alvarez

This film tells of one year in the life of a tiny village in northern Spain depicting the ordinary lives of the elderly residents. This is the first feature film documentary by Mercedes Alvarez, a promising Spanish female director who was born in the village where the picture is shot.

For inquiries, call Instituto Cervantes at 5261282 - 85.

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Free admission.

Venue: Instituto Cervantes, 855 Kalaw St., 1000 Ermita, Manila

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