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Just in case you don’t have enough memories of the Oscars, here is another one. In 2007 Penelope Cruz became the first Spanish actress to be nominated in the Best Actress category for her role in a Spanish-produced film.

This Thursday, March 9, the Murphy Library is showing Cruz’ film Volver at 6:00 p.m. Volver translates as “to return” and that is the theme throughout this film.  Running time is 121 minutes and the film is rated R.

Spanish filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar wrote and directed this crime drama that offers some comedy when the mother, Irene, who died long ago in a fire with her husband, returns to clear up family mysteries.

Irene’s daughters Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole have traveled from Madrid to the village of Alcanfor de las Infantas to visit their parents’ graves. While there they talk to their aunt Paula who tells them their mother is alive, but they don’t see her and remain unconvinced as they return to Madrid.   Soon, their lives get more complicated by violence and a murder.

The Murphy Library is showing God’s Slave, a serious film about terrorism this Thursday, October 15 at 6 p.m.  In 1994 a synagogue in Buenos Aires, Argentina was bombed resulting in 80 deaths. This Film Movement selection is a co-production from Venezuela and Argentina telling the story of Ahmed who has been trained as an Islamic terrorist and David, an Israeli special agent working to prevent another attack no matter what it takes.

However, in each of their lives, they have family they love and care for. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 90 minutes. The film is not rated but would not be suitable for children.  Call 837-2417.

This Thursday, May 28 at 6 p.m., the Murphy Library is showing Film Movement’s crime drama from Chile, To Kill a Man, about a family terrorized by a local bully. For adults only. Running time 82 minutes. In Spanish with subtitles in English.

Want to learn a little Spanish? The next time it rains for days in Cherokee County, look out the window, sigh, and say “Tanta agua.” It translates as “so much water.” Tanta Agua is also the name of the next movie from Film Movement at the Murphy Library this Thursday at 6 p.m. The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.

Even though this story takes place in Uruguay, there are lots to relate to, especially the teenage daughter when she rolls her eyes.

Alberto is a divorced father who doesn’t often see his children. He takes his 14-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son to a warm springs spa in northwest Uruguay for a few days and family time with them. Unfortunately, it begins to rain and doesn’t stop…for days. In other words, you guessed it, “tanta agua.” Ever been on a trip like that? What is a teenager to do but create a few diversions for herself.

The Murphy Library is showing La Sirga, a movie from Columbia and distributed by Film Movement, this Thursday, January 23, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The cinematography is reason enough to see it but the emotions in every scene are unforgettable. Recommended for adults and in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 88 minutes.

Alicia grew up in a small village but the horrors of war force her to flee. Her family has perished except for an uncle who owns an inn on a lake far away in the Andes highlands. She slowly makes her way there on foot. The inn is falling apart but somehow that pulls her from her pain as she helps with repairs. The hope is that tourists will come and things will be normal once again.

Columbian director William Vega has captured the emotional and physical loss fighting has brought to his country, as it has to many countries. Call 837-2417 for details.

Fate gives us the next library movie.

Spanish screenplay writer and director, Fernando León de Aranoa originally wanted to study Fine Arts in college. Instead, due to a clerical error, he ended up in Film & Communication Studies.  That mistake started him on a successful writing and filmmaking career and we are the better for it.

Barcelona, Spain is the location for his recent film Amador, the next Film Movement selection at the Murphy Library.  Marcela, a young immigrant woman from Latin American finds a summer job taking care of an elderly man named Amador. They slowly hit it off and she adds friendship to her caretaker role. But nothing is forever or is it?

The Murphy Library is showing Amador in its original Spanish with subtitles in English this Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 112 minutes and it is not rated but would not be suitable for children.

Director León de Aranoa writes that he wanted the film to have “a deliberate elegance and serenity” in the music, photography and framing of each scene. It has this and great acting as well.  Call 837-2417 for details.

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 “Nothing is as it seems,” the young boy with the big glasses says. Valentin is eight years old and lives in 1960’s Buenos Aires, Argentina with his grandmother.

His parents have split, he rarely sees his dad, and he never sees his mom. What’s a boy to do but study on his own to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.

This Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing, Valentin,  a movie that will tug at your heart making you laugh  —  and cry. Teens who have been studying Spanish, and any adult will fall in love with this kid who needs to take matters into his own hands. It is a movie you will want to see again – I plan to.

 Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti also wrote the screenplay – from his childhood memories.  The film is in Spanish with subtitles in English. Running time is 86 minutes and it is rated PG-13.  Call 837-2417 for details 

I first saw this film several years ago at the Latin American Film Festival at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.  I was involved with the festival for the 25 years it was in existence.  It introduced me to countless filmmakers – some of them who made the trip to Atlanta to introduce their film.

Many of these directors make their way to Hollywood — among them the director of Valentin, Alejandro Agresti who recently directed The Lakehouse.  Want to know what he looks like?  Just watch Valentin — Agresti plays Valentin’s father.

Mountain vistas and children playing are welcome parts of our local scenery just like all parts of  the world.  Both show up in a movie made in Columbia that is next at the library.  Film Movement’s The Colors of the Mountain, about children trying to play in the time of guerrilla war is not to be missed. The Murphy Library is showing this family drama Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Running time is 93 minutes and the film is in Spanish with subtitles in English.

No matter how tragic the reality of the children,” says director Carlos Cesar Arbelaez in his director’s notes,  “they’re always ready to defend games and laughter as fundamental parts of their lives.”  And that is how the film’s main character, Manuel and his hardworking family live in the province of Antioquia in the Andean mountain area of Columbia. He goes to school, helps his parents and always has time for soccer with his friends.

 All the while, families keep a wary eye out for the national military, and guerrilla rebels, as they fight each other in the countryside.  Fathers and mothers tread a fine line to keep their families safe. Both sides demand loyalty and staying out of the way is not easy.  Especially when a quiet meadow becomes a minefield and the boys kick a soccer ball into it.

This is a drama but mature children are welcome. Call 837-2417 for details.

Waves crash onto the rocky coastline of Asturias, and the beauty of this northwest corner of Spain calls to you through the haunting music of Erik Satie.  This is the home Don Rodrigo had left to seek his fortune in the New World.  Now he is back with a painful mission.

Thursday at 6 p.m. the Murphy Library is showing “The Grandfather,” by Spanish director Jose Luis Garci.  It was nominated for numerous awards.  It is rated PG and runs 151 minutes in beautiful Castillian Spanish with subtitles in English.

To see the trailer this week, please click here

Don Rodrigo’s son has died and he wants to reunite with his granddaughters.  But he has a terrible question to ask about them.  Which one is truly his granddaughter.  He has information that their mother had an affair and a child with another man.  That child is one of the granddaughters.

Spanish actor and playwright, Fernando Fernán Gómez gives Don Rodrigo a crustiness, sadness, anger, and honor all in one.  His granddaughters are full of warmth and goodness.  Then there is their private teacher, Don Pío Coronado (Rafael Alonso), a sad, sweetheart of a man, who receives what every teacher must want, the ferocious love of his two students.

Call the library at 837-2417.