LA OLA NEW YORK EDITION 2018
INDEPENDENT FILMS FROM SPAIN
June 15 - 17 , 2018 | Anthology Film Archives | 32 Second Avenue (at 2nd St.) New York, NY 10003 USA
Spain Fresh partners again with LA OLA, a showcase of the best independent contemporary films from Spain. The showcase celebrates its fourth edition, creating a bridge between Spain and the Americas to bring groundbreaking cinema to New York, Los Angeles, and, now, Mexico City. LA OLA offers a curated selection of critically-acclaimed films, selected and awarded at the most remarkable European film festivals. Despite their critical success, these films have struggled to gain access to the traditional distribution channels. LA OLA aims to create a bridge between Spain and the U.S. to address this problem, giving exposure to all these extraordinary works on this side of the Atlantic.
LA OLA is organized by La Panda Productions, Playtime Audiovisuales, and Rocío Mesa, in partnership with Spain Fresh; with the principal support of Acción cultural Española AC/E and SPAIN Arts & Culture; co-presented in partnership with MUBI and Curtocircuito; and with the collaboration of the Consulate General of Spain in New York and Embassy of Spain in the United States. LA OLA New York Edition, is sponsored by Cervezas Alhambra.
Please visit www.laolashowcase.com for the complete program in the 3 cities and the past editions.
2017, 72 min, digital.
In Spanish with English subtitles,
Opening Night. Followed by Q&A with the director Adrián Orr.
*Reception to follow sponsored by Cervezas Alhambra.
David, aka “Niñato,” a young, unemployed single father and occasional rapper, lives with his parents, his child, his sister, and his niece. In the midst of this rather peculiar family life, he tries to preserve a few minutes for himself and his passion for rhyme and music. In the intimacy of his daily life, which NIÑATO depicts with a tender and immersive focus on habitual gestures and silences, the importance of the family unit becomes apparent. David’s dedication to keeping his dream alive reinforces his concern with the education of the children, especially the youngest, Oro. Little by little, Oro’s growing confidence and his father’s passion seem to reinforce each other in mutual harmony, and we sense that David has succeeded in passing on the lesson that Oro needs to find his own way in life.
ALIENS by Luis López Carrasco
2017, 23 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.
2017, 90 min, digital.
In German and Catalan with English subtitles.
Followed by Q&A with the director Elena Martín, producer and co-writer Marta Curañas and DP and producer Pol Rebaque.
Julia decides to do an Erasmus in Berlin. She will leave home for the first time, without thinking about it too much, prepared for adventure. The city, cold and gray, gives her an icier welcome than she expected, and confronts her expectations with harsh reality: Julia’s new life seems to be far from the one she imagined in the classrooms of Barcelona.
SANTA ANA by César Pesquera
2017, 8 min, digital. In English.
2017, 86 min, digital.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Manolo, who leads a simple life in Southern Spain, loves two things: his animals, in particular his donkey Gorrión (“Sparrow”), and wandering through nature. Against the advice of his doctor, he decides to plan one last trek in the U.S., the brutal 2,200-mile Trail of Tears. But not without his donkey. Overcoming the small obstacles of shipping a donkey, Manolo’s chronic arthritis, a history of heart attacks, and Gorrión’s fear of water are just a few matters of concern. As their adventure continues, Manolo’s wondrous friendship with his animal finds a beautiful equilibrium. Will they find the American West? More importantly, will they be able to see life as it is, and not as it should be?
THE DISINHERITED / LOS DESHEREDADOS by Laura Ferrés
2017, 18 min, digital. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.
2017, 92 min, digital.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Followed by Q&A with the director Manuel Muñoz.
According to legend, an ancient and forgotten civilization lies buried beneath a large expanse of dunes. For more than a century, certain travelers have reached this remote and desolate territory looking for the traces of ancient inhabitants, the ruins of a city, or perhaps a sort of lost utopia. Ignorant of these myths and the romantic delusions of archaeologists and adventurers, a few men, barely visible among the sands, today inhabit in solitude that place facing the sea.
QUIASMA by Tono Mejuto
2018, 12 min, digital, b&w.