¡Viva España! Some of the best filmmaking countries in the world often get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the anglocentric domination of cinemas around the world. Argentina, Mexico and Spain have vivid traditions in the art of film and have produced some absolutely fantastic movies. Not to mention, the Spanish language is one of the most gorgeous things on the planet. In tribute, here are my favourite films from A, M and S.
El Aura (2005)
Carne Tremula (1997)
Let’s face it, Almodovar is practically a genius of filmmaking, and any of his films deserves a place on this list. Why did I choose Carne Tremula? This often disregarded piece of fates coming together has the exuberance of a teenage boy mixed with the maturity of a 50’s diva. A tale of passion with incredible cinematography, ‘Live Flesh’ is definitely one of the best films to come out of Spain.
Amores Perros (2000)
I’m not sure if it’s legal to hype a film as much as I do with Amores Perros. I’ve already given it a 10 / 10 on the blog, so what else is there to do except repeat; out of all the films I’ve seen Amores Perros has had the biggest effect on me emotionally, psychologically, physically, socially, politically.
La Ciénaga (2001)
‘The Swamp’ is a story of family, of two women and their lives in a small town in Argentina. A moment in time, La Ciénaga boasts with great actros, great scenery and an air of romanticism so often lacking in modern filmmaking.
La Comunidad (2000)
Todos quiren lo mismo. La Comunidad (Common Wealth) is one dark, twisted fantasy. Almost like a creepy version of Los Serrano, the film works with black comedy as is its compadre. Fun-fuelled, etraordinary.
Te Doy Mis Ojos (2003)
A woman trying to escape her abusive husband, Te Doy Mis Ojos gave light to two unbelievable performances by the phenomenal Luis Tosar and Laia Marull. Strong, frightening, moving, the film bagged a very respectable number of Goyas in 2004.
El Espinazo Del Diablo (2001)
The Devil’s Backbone, is maybe surprisingly, but by far, my favourite Del Toro (not that the others are far off). The film is so delicate and poetic, yet grandeuse, it’s very difficult to see how Del Toro was able to create such a perfect balance of fear and love.