Weekend to choose between calm premieres, friendly and fun cinema, animation or horror, and even some movie “of those to think”, such as ‘Sundown’, by the Mexican Michael Francoor ‘El comensal’, the return to the cinema of Angeles Gonzalez-Sindeabout the aftermath of an ETA assassination.
‘Top Gun: Maverick’
‘Top Gun: Maverick’, sequel to the film by Tony Scott from 1986, brings its premiere forward to Thursday, after Tom Cruise received a tribute this week at the Cannes Film Festival, where he presented the continuation of the film that catapulted him to fame 36 years ago.
Michel Franco returns to Spanish theaters after the impressive and multi-awarded ‘New Order‘ with another rags-to-riches story, this time centered on a full-fledged vacation for the wealthy Bennett family at an Acapulco resort that is interrupted by a phone call announcing the death of a relative.
Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who is there with his teenage children, decides to cut the trip short while Neil (Tim Roth) he pretends to have lost his passport and stays in Mexico, indifferent to such tragic news.
Winner of two Goyas and a silver Biznaga as screenwriter and director, apart from former Minister of Culture and current president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Reina Sofía, Ángeles González-Sinde recovers her facet as a screenwriter and director fourteen years after “A word of yours” (2008), to adapt the novel ‘El comensal’, by Gabriela Ybarra.
The film, whose cast includes Susana Abaitua, Ginés García Millán, Adriana Ozores, David Luque and Fernando Oyagüezis an autobiography in which Ybarra recounts the consequences for his family of the murder at the hands of ETA of his paternal grandfather, businessman and politician Javier de Ybarra, in the summer of 1977.
Jesús Cerro, director of television series such as ‘Médico de Familia’ or ‘Un Paso Adelante’ directs this friendly comedy that brings together two “old” acquaintances of the director, Miguel Angel Munoz and Pablo Puyol, who play uncle and nephew on the hunt for an inheritance that will help them in their struggling economy, even if it comes from a grandfather they haven’t even heard of.
With the participation of the Mexican Esmeralda Pimentel, Cerro composes a rural story, whose Santanderian landscapes are another character, where the characters are crossed by supernatural situations that help them understand their destinies.
Patrice Leconte (Paris, 1947) directs and adapts Georges Simenon’s novel ‘Maigret and the dead girl’, one of the cases solved by the veteran sheriff thanks to his patience, his ability to observe and his bonhomie, without presupposing anything in advance.
Played by a huge (in every way) Gerard Depardieu, Leconte manages to convey the old and dank atmosphere of the Paris of the 50’s when one night, after a party, a young woman appears dead with nothing to identify her. When Maigret crosses paths with Betty, a girl very similar to the victim, he begins to unravel the skein.
Written and directed by Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes for ‘Uncle Boonmee remembers his past lives’ (2010), “‘Memoria’ is a co-production between Colombia, Thailand, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Germany that has been shot in two languages, English and Spanish.
The story follows Jessica (tilda swinton), a British botanist based in Colombia who wakes up one night to a sound from another world. The protagonist embarks on a journey to the heart of the jungle in search of the origin of this noise that only she seems to hear.
‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’
Second feature film by the Lebanese director, based in New York, Mounia Akl, who writes the script for ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’ jointly with the Barcelonan Clara Rochet (‘Freedom’).
A social drama in which a couple decides to leave the toxic pollution of their hometown, Beirut, in hopes of building a utopian existence in a pristine home in the moutainswith an exceptional protagonist, the Lebanese director, producer and screenwriter Nadine Labaki.
‘The MIF (the family)’
From the French director (and former basketball player) Fred Baillif “La MIF (la familia)” arrives in Spanish theaters, an almost documentary fiction about a group of teenage girls who enter a foster home together with social workers. This experience creates unexpected tensions and intimacies.
Agustín Rubio Alcover (Valencia, 1978) makes his directorial debut with ‘La desvida’, a film by terror starring Julio Perillán, Tábata Cerezo and Telmo Yago, based on an original story by the director.
The film follows a couple of children’s literature authors who return to the house where they tragically lost their son to collect their things and go their separate ways, but everything changes when they find a message from the boy inviting them to participate in a clue game.
Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman direct this animated comedy for the whole family produced by 20th Century Studios Y Fox Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.
A burst pipe creates a sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance to the Burger and ruining the plans of its owners, the Belchers; While the adults struggle to keep their business, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the family restaurant.
‘Jujutsu Kaisen 0’
Sunghoo Park directs this manga with a script by Hiroshi Seko, a prequel to the series anime ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’.
Yuta Okkotsu, a nervous high school boy, has a serious problem: his friend Rika has turned into a “courseand doesn’t leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary Curse, she catches the attention of Satoru Gojo, a teacher at the “Jujutsu” Institute, where exorcists learn to fight Curse.
Alvaro Gurrea writes and directs this ethnofictional film that explores alterity and questions the myth of progress in the neocolonial reality of the South Seas islands.
Yono, or Mbah Jhiwo (Old Soul), is one of the miners who daily carry large sulfur rocks down the side of the crater of the Kawa Ijen. One morning, unexpectedly, his wife leaves the family home, disrupting a routine in which time seemed suspended.
Pau Durà premieres his second feature film after the intimate ‘Formentera Lady’, a comedy entitled ‘Toscana’ starring Edu Soto, Malena Alterio, Francesc Orella and Dura himself.
Santi goes to an assisted reproduction clinic, where his wife is waiting for him, with a bottle of sperm in his pocket; his Vespa crashes into a vehicle whose driver is on the run. Looking for help, he gets trapped in the Toscana restaurant where, at gunpoint, an ex-chef demands compensation from his owner.
‘skin on fire’
‘The skin on fire’ is the third feature film by the director from Salamanca David Martin Porraswho has also written the script, of this drama starring Oscar Jaenada Y She Kweku.
Frederick Solomon (Jaenada), a war photojournalist who achieved international fame by capturing the image of a girl flying through the air as a result of an explosion, returns twenty years later to the country where he took the photograph to collect an award. But a local journalist wants to kill him for a reason that only Sálomon knows.
The German Toti Potholes writes and directs ‘Red Cunt’, an animated documentary about menstruation and the taboos around it, where the female period is located “where it deserves to be: in the middle of society and not discriminated against and hidden in a corner”.
The film tries to answer questions such as who benefits from this discrimination or what would happen if the men had the periodwith the help of Mensi, a blood being who accompanies Isabel a couple of days a month for many years.
‘The heart of Europe’
Juan Pinzás, Galician screenwriter, producer and film director, the only Spaniard to adopt the artistic postulates of Dogma 95, premieres ‘El corazón de Europa’, with which he closes a new trilogy.
Here, the filmmaker Julián Pintos and his alter ego are confined to their home isolated in the countryside during the pandemic that is devastating Europe in the 21st century and they undertake a strange journey of initiation, in which they will coincide with the mysterious Silver Mask.