The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesne University will present their fall Spanish Film Club series, which is entitled Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema. See schedule and details below:
The hand-drawn animated feature from GKIDS opens with former bank manager Emilio being dispatched to a retirement home by his family. His new roommate is a wily wheeler-dealer named Miguel, who cheerfully swindles small amounts of cash from the more befuddled residents but is also full of handy insider tips that are crucial to survival. Like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in an old-folks home, we are introduced to daily pill regimens, electric gates, and nighttime joyrides, as the reality of Emilio’s future life begins to sink in. Featuring the voice work of Martin Sheen (The West Wing), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises) and George Coe (Archer).
Guarani (The People’s Language)
Pequenas Mentiras Piadosas (The Travel Agent)
From her office overlooking the US Interests Section, Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a travel visa for the US. She coaches them on how to answer the trick questions, so they have better chances to succeed. Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able to visit her mother, son and other 22 relatives in Florida. After a long wait, Lourdes’ time has finally come: her interview is set. Her dream to visit her dying mother was never so close. Will she able to travel and overturn her destiny of forced separation?
Todos se van (Everybody Leaves)
Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian
Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country.
Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.
Each screening will take place at 7:05 p.m. in Room 105 of Duquesne’s College Hall. The series is free and open to the public.