The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.  Spain, 2016.  Atresmedia Cine, Atresmedia, Crea SGR, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, Movistar+, The Queen Picture.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba.  Cinematography by José Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Anne Deluz, Mercedes Gamero, Cristina Huete, Mikel Lejarza.  Music by Zbigniew Preisner.  Production Design by Juan Pedro de Gaspar.  … More The Queen of Spain (La reina de España) (2016)

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Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

FERNANDO TRUEBA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Spain/France/United Kingdom, 2002.  Antena 3 Televisión, Eurimages, Lolafilms, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Pyramide-Orsans Productions, Shanghai Spell, TeleMadrid, Vía Digital.  Screenplay by Fernando Trueba, based on the novel by Juan Marse.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Lopez-Linares.  Produced by Andrés Vicente Gómez, Cristina Huete.  Music by Antoine Duhamel.  Production Design by Salvador Perra.  Costume Design by … More Shanghai Spell (El Embrujo De Shanghai)

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Caresses (Caricies)

BBBB (out of 5) Excellent human drama from Spanish director Ventura Pons has a Ronde-like plot that only helps make the drama richer. The film is a circular collection of two-character scenes, where the player from the previous scene moves on to interact with a new figure in the next scene, then that new person … More Caresses (Caricies)

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Anita Takes A Chance (Anita No Perd El Tren)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Breezy, enjoyable little tale about a fifty-something widow (Rosa Maria Sardà) who is abruptly laid off from her job as a cinema box-office clerk, after decades on the job and a life devoted to the passion of movies. Unable to tear herself away from her accustomed habit, she becomes a fixture … More Anita Takes A Chance (Anita No Perd El Tren)

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