SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
March 14, 16 and 21 2015
Spain 2014. 97 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
Messi is the name of perhaps the greatest player in the history of soccer. This endearing documentary/biopic hybrid captures the spirit of the unlikeliest superstar playing in any professional sport today.
Iglesia’s brilliant cinematic lens captures Messi’s awe-inspiring prowess of the sport. A true experience for any supporter of the beautiful game.
32 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
March 12, 15 2015
Spain 2014. 94 min. Spanish and Russian with English subtitles.
The sinister, handsome Slatan (Álex García), from a splinter, radical Russian ethnic group, boards a plane at the Moscow airport heading for Madrid, which contains an eclectic group of Spainards lead by the irrepressible Lola (the wonderful Carmen Machi). As a heavy snowstorm descends, the pilot cancels the flight and the passengers are shifted to a hotel for the night. The grumpy Slatan, who is hiding an explosive secret of his own, is uncommunicative and unfriendly to his fellow passengers. But as the jovial Spaniards — plus Argentine shoe-salesman Eugene (Eduardo Blanco) — make the best of their difficult circumstances, Slatan begins to find sticking to his mission increasingly stressful. – Jaie Laplante
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