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Spanish and Portuguese Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

Aquarius (Portuguese)
"Clara, a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with."

Belle epoque (Spsnish)
"Spain, 1931 is a politically divided nation and on the brink of war. With allegiances torn between Republican and Traditionalist factions, Fernandoa disillusioned soldier, has chosen a third option, going AWOL. Fate intervenes during his escape when he meets Manolo, an admiring land owner who sees himself mirrored in the young man and welcomes him into his home, a home inhabited by Manolo's four visiting daughters, each more beautiful than the other."

La calle de la amargura (Spanish)
"..is the latest provocation from Mexican master Arturo Ripstein, a surreally entertaining neo-noir based on a true crime that shocked Mexico. This tracks the nocturnal adventures and ill fated encounter between two desperate old prostitutes and twin mini luchadores."

Carpinteros (Spanish)
"Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic's Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language and without the knowledge of dozens of guards."

Cavalo dinheiro = Horse Money (Portuguese)
"The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces, and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim."

Endless Poetry (Spanish)
"Narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile."

Heli (Spanish)
"When Heli's 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves him in Mexico's brutal drug world, Heli must do everything it takes to protect his family. As he descends further into inescapable and nightmarish corruption and violence, it threatens to tear his life apart"

Neruda (Spanish)
"An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party."

O fantasma (Portuguese)
"A cautionary tale about a marginalized young man, a trash collector living and working in the seedy north of Lisbon, exploring his sexuality. Rodrigues and Meneses, in a rigorous, risky portrayal, chart the young man's odyssey, with its potential for self-discovery as well as self-obliteration, with psychological insight and visual power."

The Red Squirrel (Spanish)
"Jota, a musician with a career in decline and a romantic life in shambles, is on the verge of ending his life by jumping from a bridge when a mysterious figure on a motorcycle comes roaring into his life. Rushing to aid the injured cyclist, Jota discovers the driver is a beautiful young woman who's lost her memory in the crash. Seeing an opportunity to start a new life, Jota creates a fictional backstory for Sofia, the amnesia victim whom he now calls Lisa, claiming that they are a couple."

Santa & Andreas (Spanish)
"In 1983, in the rural mountain region of Eastern Cuba, Andrés - a noncompliant gay writer - resides after being blacklisted by the government for having 'ideological problem'. After a major event occurs, the government decides someone reliable must be appointed to watch over him, to make sure he does not get out and make any public political statements. Santa a country girl who works on a farm - is assigned to the task. For three days in a row, Santa will sit in front of Andrés' hut and keep watch over him. Santa and Andrés are as close as it gets to being true opposites, and are not meant to like each other. However, they soon find that they have more things in common than they expected."

El 7° Día (Spanish)
"In an isolated village in Extremadura (Spain), the Jiménez and Fuentes families have a violent history of land disputes, jealousy, envy, and violence. The matriarch of one of two feuding clans presses her family to avenge real and imagined injustices. Based on events which took place in Puerto Hurraco, a village in Benquerencia de la Serena municipality in the Province of Badajoz, Spain on August 26, 1990."

Tierra (Spanish)
"Angel is a pest control specialist (and recently released mental patient) working the soil in Spanish wine country to rid the terrain of destructive grubs. Unexpectedly, Angel finds romance and adventure beyond his wildest imagination when he falls for two of the locals: the earthy and soulful farmer's wife, Angela; and the sensuous, amorous (and much too young) Mari."

El último traje = The Last Suit (Spanish)
"Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. After seven decades without any contact, Abraham will try to find his old friend and keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, it approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story."

Vacas (Spanish)
"Set in Spain's Basque Country, the story of a bitter rivalry and a decades-old feud between three generations of the Mendiluze and Iriguibel families, stretching from the Third
Carlist War through the Spanish Civil War."

Zama (Spanish)
"Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit."