A very important part of Instituto Cervantes in London is our library and the movies available to borrow in DVD. We introduce in this post a selection of the most popular ones among our users:
All About My Mother is a film by Pedro Almodóvar. A Greek saying states that only women who have washed their eyes with tears can see clearly. This saying does not hold true for Manuela. The night a car ran over her son Esteban, Manuela cried until her eyes ran completely dry. Far from seeing clearly, the present and the future become mixed up in darkness.
Havana Blues is a 2005 Spanish and Cuban film by Benito Zambrano, which tells the story of two young musicians in Cuba. The film revolves around their music and contains criticism of problems in Cuba such as poverty and electricity outages.
To Hell With The Ugly is a film by Nacho Garcia Velilla. Eliseo (Javier Cámara) is ugly, lame and single. He still hasn’t found the woman of his dreams and he doesn’t really know what love is. Nati (Carmen Machi) is similarly ugly and is currently separated. She’s just met the man of her dreams but she doesn’t know what real love is either. Eliseo, on the other hand, fears that the worst is just around the corner, whilst Nati fantasises that the best is yet to come.
The Queen of Spain is a film by Fernando Trueba. Eighteen years after fleeing Nazi Germany, Spanish film actress Macarena Granada becomes a major Hollywood star. She returns to Spain to play Isabella I of Castille, surrounded by showbiz hype.
Selfie is a movie by Víctor García León. A privileged young man in Madrid gets a reality check when his father is arrested on corruption charges and all of the family’s assets are seized.
Skins is a film by Eduardo Casanova. Deformed, disfigured characters must find a way to deal with society shunning their differences.
Butterfly’s Tongue is a film by José Luis Cuerda. The heartwarming story of the relationship that develops between a shy young boy and his kind teacher in 1936 Spain. The boy, Moncho, is frightened about starting school, and it is up to the gentle, compassionate Don Gregorio to set the boy’s mind at ease. When the Spanish Civil War erupts, both individuals’ lives are changed forever.