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New Spanish Cinema

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We are excited to partner for the second year with LA OLA, a showcase of the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain. Despite their critical success, these groundbreaking Spanish films have struggled to gain access to the traditional distribution circuit. With events in both Los Angeles (May 31 – June 3), Mexico City (June 8 – 10), and New York (June 15 – 17), LA.OLA aims to create a bridge between Spain and the U.S. to address this problem, giving exposure to all these extraordinary films in the cultural capitals at this side of the Atlantic.

The Sea Stares at Us from Afar

Manuel Muñoz Rivas Spain, 2017

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We conclude our series of new independent cinema from Spain—shown in partnership with the multi-city LA OLA showcase—with Manuel Muñoz Rivas’s richly evocative documentary devoted to an isolated expanse of Spanish seaside, its dwindling ways of life, wayward tourism and profoundly sensual textures.

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Elena Martín Spain, 2017


Next in our selection of highlights from LA OLA’s showcase of new Spanish independent cinema is the first film from Elena Martín, who acted in last year’s LA OLA highlight Agata’s Friends. She stars here, too, as an entrancing embodiment of a millennial student wayward between romance and longing.


Adrián Orr Spain, 2017


We’re excited to partner for a second year with LA OLA to highlight its showcase of the best independent contemporary films from Spain. We begin with Adrián Orr’s award-winning debut, an impressively detailed documentary portrait of a new generation in Spain—and an example of a new cinematic voice.

Agata’s Friends

Laia Alabart, Alba Cros, Laura Rius, Marta Verheyen Spain, 2015


Our final Spanish independent from the L.A. OLA showcase is a remarkable collaboration made by four debutante filmmakers. These four then gathered another group of young women to inspire, energize and capture an up-to-the-moment portrait of Spanish youth. The freshness is palpable.

No Cow On the Ice

Eloy Domínguez Serén Spain, 2015


New Spanish cinema from…Sweden? Yes! Our next film from L.A. OLA’s independent showcase follows filmmaker Eloy Domínguez Serén on his journey to a completely different land, inspiring a personal exploration of national, cultural and family identity.

Esa sensación

Juan Cavestany, Julián Génisson, Pablo Hernando Spain, 2016


We’re excited to begin a new collaboration with L.A. OLA, a showcase for the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain. Appropriately, we begin with a portmanteau made by three directors given free reign to film absurd stories on the theme of “feelings.” The result? Bizarre and adventurous.

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