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Instituto Cervantes Announces Film Festival Celebrating Iconic Spanish Directors

Event to Showcase Six Masterpieces by Iconic Spanish Directors from June 11 to July 1, 2024

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Sahra Ardah
Sahra Ardah
International artist, art director and producer. Covering human stories and trending topics. She has a PhD in History of Art (2009), and Journalism Master Honors (2009-2011).

INDIA: Instituto Cervantes is thrilled to announce an extraordinary film festival at the India International Centre, running from June 11 to July 1, 2024. This event will showcase six masterpieces that celebrate Spain’s most iconic film directors, offering a panoramic view of classic Spanish cinema.

Instituto Cervantes is set to host a film festival celebrating the works of Spain’s most renowned directors at the India International Centre. The festival, running from June 11 to July 1, 2024, aims to provide a comprehensive view of Spanish cinema through six classic films.

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Oscar Pujol, Director of Instituto Cervantes, highlighted the significance of the event, stating, “Celebrating Iconic Spanish Film Directors is a take on the bedrock of Spanish cinema. Directors like Buñuel, Berlanga, Saura, Medem, and Fernando Fernán Gómez truly are, each one on its own terms, giants of Spanish cinema. By putting them together in their best films we get an outstanding panoramic view of classic Spanish cinema that keeps constantly reinventing itself.”

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Film Screenings and Director Highlights

Sex and Lucia (June 11 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Julio Medem: This film explores themes of love and loss on the island of Formentera. Known for his narrative complexity and visual poetry, Medem is regarded as one of Spain’s most innovative contemporary directors.

Death of a Cyclist (June 19 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Juan Antonio Bardem: A cornerstone of Spanish neorealism, this film tackles guilt and social disparity, reflecting post-war Spain’s socio-political struggles through Bardem’s critical lens.

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Welcome Mr. Marshall (June 20 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Luis Garcia Berlanga: This satirical comedy critiques American influence in post-war Europe. Berlanga’s unique mix of humor and social commentary has cemented his place in Spanish cinema.

Viridiana (June 26 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Luis Buñuel: A surrealist work challenging religious and moral conventions, Buñuel’s innovative storytelling techniques have made him a pioneer of avant-garde cinema.

Cria Cuervos (June 27 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Carlos Saura: This drama explores a young girl’s psyche amid death and familial discord. Saura’s blend of personal narrative and political commentary has made him a staple in Spanish filmmaking.

Voyage to Nowhere (July 1 / 6:30 PM), Directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez: A homage to traveling theatre troupes, this film showcases Gómez’s understanding of human nature and his versatility as both an actor and director.

Instituto Cervantes Festival Roundtable Discussion

A highlight of the festival is the roundtable discussion titled ‘Spotlight on Spanish Cinema: Icons and Masters’ on June 18 at 6:30 PM. Moderated by Pallavi Singh, the discussion features Alejandro Palma Allepuz, renowned film critic Murtaza Ali Khan, and Dr. Vebhuti Duggal. The panel will offer insights into the contributions and legacies of these legendary directors.

The festival aims to celebrate cinematic brilliance and offer an enriching experience for cinema enthusiasts, scholars, and anyone interested in the cultural tapestry of Spain that has influenced international film.

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  • Sahra Ardah

    International artist, art director and producer. Covering human stories and trending topics. She has a PhD in History of Art (2009), and Journalism Master Honors (2009-2011).

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