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Spanish & Portuguese Cinema

Undoubtedly the backbone of Alice's Spanish collection are the films of Pedro Almodovar. Since the 1980s this unique film maker has been bringing us such gems as 'Laws of Desire', 'Women on the Verge...' and 'Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down' and nurturing the talents of actors such as Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril and Penelope Cruz. But there is more to Spanish film than the talented Mr Almodovar. Everything from the beautiful and haunting works of Carlos Saura to the off-beat and darkly humourous tales of Alex de Iglesia. Pictured right: One-of-a-kind helmer, Pedro Almodovar.

A Gun in Each Hand (2012)

6.5/10
Director: Cesc Gay
Starring: Jordi Molla, Eduardo Noriega, Ricardo Darin, Javier Camara, Leonor Watling, Leon...

Chance encounters between old friends, acquaintances, ex-spouses and potential lovers form an engrossing series of six intertwined tales of love, lost... Read more

Accion Mutante (1993)

6.5/10
Director: Alex De La Iglesia
Starring: Antonio Resines, Frederique Feder, Alex Angulo

This outrageous twisted treat is set in the year 2012 where beauty and style reign supreme, imperfection and deformity are abhorred. Accion Mutante, a... Read more

Alatriste (2006)

6.1/10
Director: Agustin Diaz Yanes
Starring: Javier Camara, Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Eduard Fernandez, Enrico Lo Verso

Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in this swashbuckling period drama about Diego Alatriste, a former soldier and mercenary who becomes a hero of... Read more

All About My Mother (1999)

7.9/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Cecilia Roth, Penelope Cruz, Antonia San Juan

When her teenage son is killed, Madrid nurse Cecilia Roth sets out to fulfill the boy's wish to find the father he never knew. Roth's quest to locate... Read more

Arabian Nights 1,2,3 (2015)

Director: Miguel Gomes
Starring: Crista Alfaiate, Dinarte Branco, Miguel Gomes

Arabian Nights is a monumental and dazzlingly original three-part film by Miguel Gomes (Tabu) that uses the structure of one thousand and one nights i... Read more

Bad Education (2004)

7.5/10
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Fele Martinez, Lluis Homar, Javier Camara, Daniel Gimenez Ca...

From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar ("Talk to Her") comes an outrageous tale of desire, revenge and murder. Filmmaker Enrique (Fele Martinez) gets... Read more

Basque Ball (2004)

7.1/10
Director: Julio Medem

This fascinating and thought-provoking documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia) explores the unique language and traditions of... Read more

Belle Epoque (1992)

7.2/10
Director: Fernando Trueba
Starring: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdu

Set in 1931, a time of promise and optimism in pre-Franco Spain, this delightfully earthy, cheerful comedy tells of a hearty young army deserter (Jorg... Read more

Biutiful (2010)

7.5/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem gives a powerful performance in director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ("21 Grams") stirring drama about a small-time Barcelona criminal... Read more

Blancanieves (2012)

Director: Pablo Berger
Starring: Angela Molina, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Maribel Verdu, Pere Ponce, Jose Maria Pou,...

Once upon a time there was a girl named Carmen, who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by h... Read more