Developed as an initiative of EGEDA, Recent Cinema from Spain has been established to create a new event for promoting Spanish cinema in the United States and encouraging its circulation to the public-at-large and to the international audiovisual industry.
This year’s film series was held October 20-23, 2011 at the prestigious Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts and opened with the showing of “Pa Negre” (“Blackbread”), the film selected by Spanish Film Academy as Spain’s entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film category of the 2012 Oscar Awards. In addition, the series featured six of the best Spanish films released in 2011: “Primos” (“Cousinhood”), “Héroes” (“Forever Young”), “Blackthorn”, “Tres metros sobre el cielo” (“Three Meters above the Sky”), “No tengas miedo” (“Don’t Be Afraid”) and “Cinco metros cuadrados” (“5 Square Meters”). The screenings included appearances by representatives of some of the films, such as Isona Passola, producer of “Pa Negre” (“Blackbread”), Álvaro Cervantes, actor in “Tres metros sobre el cielo” (“Three Meters above the Sky”), Mateo Gil, director of “Blackthorn”, and Isabel García, producer of “Cinco metros cuadrados” (“Five Square Meters”).
The series was presented with collaboration from the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), one of the most prominent film festivals in the United States, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, and the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center, where the films were shown. This theater is a renowned jewel of South Florida Arts and Entertainment facilities, a legendary setting which provided even more magic and glamour to this grand event.
During the four days of the film series, more than 3,500 persons attended, 1,300 of them on the opening night alone.