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Jaime Rosales, The Extraordinary Ordinary

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Spanish director Jaime Rosales’ irruption into his country’s cinema at the beginning of the 2000s was not only a breath of fresh air, but also a much needed injection of confidence in the possibilities of language. His cinema is one of profound and sharp observation of the every day battles, able to find beauty in casual small talk and tragedy in a fortuitous exchange of looks. With highly sophisticated formal ambitions, and an interest in exploring the limits of experimentation within the codes of storytelling, his films forcefully respond to reality’s multiple faces and the unexpected that awaits around every corner.

The Dream and The Silence

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2012


We conclude our close-up on Spanish auteur Jaime Rosales with this Directors’ Fortnight selection, whose exquisite black and white cinematography and impeccable use of sound are reminiscent of Bresson. Drawing on naturalism to navigate loss and hope, this is a minimalist film of transcendent beauty.

Bullet in the Head

Jaime Rosales France, 2008


This second part of our Jaime Rosales series boldly reframes Spanish political cinema by tackling an endemic terrorist conflict with striking formal rigor and urgency. Shot in its entirety from a distance, this chilling exercise in voyeurism dissects the act of looking and the act of killing.

Solitary Fragments

Jaime Rosales Spain, 2007


The films of Jaime Rosales, which we are exploring in a triple bill, are sharply observed and audaciously experimental. In this Goya Awards winner, the Spanish auteur splits the screen to remarkable effect, illuminating the limits and contradictions of human communication and cinematic storytelling.

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