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March 22, 2012, 10:05 p.m. | Movies — by Alyona Zhuk

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Alyona Zhuk

Even if you’re short of cash or time to visit Spain this spring, you can have a glimpse of what it’s like over there, with “A Week of Spanish Movies” film festival on Kyiv screens. For a complete schedule check the Kyiv Post Going Out Guide and CHICO AND RITA (CHICO Y RITA)

Animated Musical
Spain 2010, 94’
Language: Spanish with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba
March 23 at 3 p.m., March 26 at 7 p.m., March 27 at 3 p.m.

A hot Cuban night club, filled with sounds of jazz and clinking of glasses filled with rum, seems like a place where passion flames up.
Such clubs were home to a good-looking and talented jazzman Chico, an ambitious musician and hopeless womanizer.

His life changed completely though, when he met Rita, a beautiful singer with an unforgettable voice.
This is an animated love story of Bebo Valdes, who rocked the Cuban jazz scene in the 1940s.


Spain 2011, 98’
Language: Spanish with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo
March 24 at 3 p.m., March 25 at 7 p.m., March 26 at 3 p.m.

When Diego’s fiancee Yolanda elopes from the altar, he doesn’t have much time to remain heartbroken, as his cousins talk him into a trip to the place, where they’ve stayed as kids.

Diego soon forgets about his unfortunate marriage plans – he falls for Martina, his first love, who is now a single mother.

However, Yolanda finds him and makes him go down the memory lane, dragging the trio into an emotional love triangle.


Criminal comedy
Spain 2010, 112’
Language: Spanish with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Paco Cabezas
March 23 at 7 p.m., March 27 at 7 p.m., March 28 at 3 p.m.

Each of us wants our parents to be proud of us and our achievements. For most people it might mean trying to get a prestigious job or raising smart children. But Ricky, whose mother abandoned him when he was 12, has found his own way.

To honor his prostitute mom, who’s just about to be released from prison, the young hustler-turned-businessman decides to open a brothel. His junkie girlfriend, a transsexual and a pimp step in to help Ricky.


Spain 2010, 112’
Language: Spanish with Ukrainian subtitles
Directed by Fernando León de Aranoa
March 24 at 7 p.m., March 25 at 3 p.m., March 28 at 7 p.m.

When Nelson asked his girlfriend Marcela to move with him to Madrid from Bolivia, he promises her they will run a flower shop of their own together.

What they really end up doing is selling flowers reclaimed from dumps, after washing and refrigerating them, and spraying with a perfume.

When the fridge breaks, Marcela finally realizes she needs to find a real job and agrees to become a nurse for an old man called Amador, who hardly ever leaves his bed and whose only fun is making giant jigsaw puzzles.
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