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Starring Candela Peña, Sergi López, Nathalie Poza, Ramón Barea, Paula Usero, María Maroto, María José Hipólito, Lucín Poveda, Xavo Giménez and Eric Francés. Directed by Icíar Bollaín.

About to turn 45, seamstress Rosa works in the wardrobe department of a film production company in Valencia. Besides the pressure of her job, she’s also besieged from all sides by the demands of family members: her widowed dad, Antonio, who insists he’s moving in with her; her divorced brother Armando, who has financial problems; her possibly-alcoholic sister Violeta; and her grown-up daughter Lidia who’s living with a musician in Manchester and raising twin infants. Plus, there’s the constant favours for friends and neighbours...

Taken completely for granted and tired of living for others, Rosa retreats to her childhood home in the scenic coastal town of Benicàssim and - much to the consternation of her family - announces her engagement to someone that those around her can’t quite accept or believe!

JULIETA (2016)
Starring Emma Suárez, Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner, Pilar Castro, Nathalie Poza, Susi Sánchez and Joaquín Notario. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realises that Antía has become a total stranger to her.

REVIEWS Julieta - Another strong female drama from Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Nathalie Poza, Luis Bermejo, Tito Valverde, Patricia López, Inma Cuevas, Carlos Serrano-Clark and Luis Zahera. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar.

It’s July, 1936. Nationalist forces take to the streets of Salamanca, challenging the authority of the democratically elected Second Spanish Republic, and arresting the city’s mayor for the crime of being Republican. However, the esteemed Miguel de Unamuno author, professor, and rector, pays the uprising little mind: for all his wisdom and experience, this great man of letters doesn’t believe that his country is under imminent threat.

Initially defying his friends and family by publicly supporting the rebellion, it’s not until his colleagues are rounded up that Miguel begins to reconsider his principles, hoping he can exert his considerable influence to bring reason before it’s too late.

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