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Julio Medem: Chance Encounters of The Third Kind

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Mostly known internationally for the critically-acclaimed Sex and Lucía, Julio Medem has been one of the most singular figures of Spanish cinema for more than two decades. This double bill pairs his most emblematic film of the 90s, Lovers of The Arctic Circle with one of his most controversial efforts of the naughties, the erotic drama Room in Rome, in an attempt to connect the dots drawn by his signature preoccupations: love, fate and the unfathomable ways in which chance can bring us closer or pull us apart.

Room in Rome

Julio Medem Spain, 2010

Delving deeper into Medem’s exploration of fate and identity, Room in Rome dissects a transformative one night encounter between two strangers. The complexities of female desire come to the fore in this gorgeous erotic fantasy—a high-voltage, life-changing emotional and sexual adventure.

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

Julio Medem Spain, 1998

With its elliptical narrative structure and its depiction of a sinuous love affair marked by chance, Lovers of the Arctic Circle became a defining film for an entire generation. Now heralded as an iconic work in Spanish cinema, it’s arguably Julio Medem’s (Sex and Lucía) most emblematic triumph.

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