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Spanish Thrillers at FDCP

(Spanish Thrillers) Mientras duermes

On June 18 and 25; Cinematheque of FDCP, at 855 T. M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila; For more information, call (02) 526-1482 or visit www.manila.cervantes.es


Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain, in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), present the film cycle “Spanish Thrillers,” a series of Spanish movies to be shown every Saturday in June at the FDCP Cinematheque.

With the arrival of the democracy to Spain in 1976, these thrillers reflect a fresh outlook brought about by a new generation of filmmakers. Thanks to their intriguing storyline, out-of-the-box concepts combined with clever acting and direction as well as a perfect execution, Spanish thrillers have won popularity worldwide. This film cycle is an opportunity to enjoy four gems of a genre that is booming in Spanish cinema.

Directed by Enrique Urbizu, who has become a master of the genre, is No habrá paz para los malvados (No Rest for the Wicked). This film will be shown on June 18, at 4 p.m. The film tells the story of Santos Trinidad (played by José Coronado), a cop with an outstanding record, but was relegated after an obscure incident that ruined his career and turned him into an alcoholic and angry loner. One night Santos finds himself implicated in a triple homicide in an after-hours club. José Coronado’s monumental performance rewarded him several acting awards, as did Urbizu’s fine directing win him two Goyas as the Best Director and Best Screenplay.


Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Mientras duermes (Sleep Tight) will close the film series on June 25. César works as a doorman in an apartment building in Barcelona. He goes about his day-to-day work mainly unnoticed by the residents of the building, yet he pays close attention to them. He knows all the intimate details of their lives, everything about them and one in particular—Clara, a happy-go-lucky young woman, who always looks on the positive side of things, and whose cheery attitude to life makes Cesar’ skin crawl. In Clara he has found the perfect target, and he will go to extreme lengths to make her life miserable. An artistic and commercial success, Mientras duermes enjoyed quite a success in film festivals worldwide, receiving more than 30 awards and nominations.

All films will be shown in original version in Spanish with English subtitles. The screenings will take place at 4 p.m. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.