Dear SCREEN-L members,
I am writing to introduce you to a new source for Spanish films in
PRAGDA Spanish Films is a cultural initiative devoted to bringing
Spanish Cinema to a wider audience. From classics to contemporary,
fiction to documentary, we specialize in offering the best Spanish
films through both educational distribution and public exhibition.
PRAGDA made its debut last spring with the North American release of the
6-part series CRONICA D'UNA MIRADA: CLANDESTINE FILMMAKING IN FRANCO'S
SPAIN, an extraordinary Documentary that uncovers the little-known history
of a clandestine group of anti-Franco filmmakers operating under total
secrecy in 60s and 70s Spain.
We are also the only North American distributor offer THE BASQUE BALL and MY
GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE, two of the most highly acclaimed documentaries to come
out of Spain in recent years, and the only distributor to offer them on NTSC
with public performance rights.
For more details about these films, please read on, or visit our catalog at:
I am pleased to introduce you to Pragda and I hope you will be
interested in what we have to offer for Cinema Studies!
P r a g d a Spanish Films
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CRONICA D'UNA MIRADA: CLANDESTINE FILMMAKING IN FRANCO'S SPAIN
By Manuel Barrios | Spain | 264 min. (6 X 44) | DVD | PAL | Region 0
In Spanish and Catalan w/ Spanish or English subtitles
"A must-see DVD collection to understand the evolution of filmmaking
in Spain, as well as the history of these troubled times during
Franco¹s era. Essential."
- Laura Turegano, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU
Now available for the first time in North America, this
award-winning, six-part documentary uncovers the little-known history
of a clandestine group of Catalan filmmakers operating under total
secrecy in Œ60s and Œ70s Spain. Their saga, nearly lost to
oblivion along with their films, provides crucial witness to the end
of the Franco era while simultaneously revealing a bold and formally
innovative period in Spanish Cinema.
Interviews with the pillars of Independent Spanish Cinema are
prominently featured, including Pere Portabella, Llorenc Soler, Manuel
Esteban, Antoni Padros, Carles Barba, and others.
Special Features & Extras:
+ 6 high-quality discs in a beautiful box set.
+ Thematic, 44-minute episodes that chronicle the movement from 1960 -
+ Over 350 min. of extra material including many of the clandestine
films themselves. (In Spanish, no subtitles.)
+ A complementary 92-page, full-color episode-guide.
(In Catalan. English and Spanish translations are available.)
+ Access to a wealth of additional study material online. Including
supporting language texts, film clips and more!
LEARN MORE HERE:
MY GRANDMOTHER¹S HOUSE (La casa de mi Abuela)
By ADÁN ALIAGA | Spain | 2005 |80 min. | DVD | NTSC | Region 0
Spanish and Valencian w/ English subtitles
A beautifully constructed documentary that depicts with great subtlety the
changing ways of life in suburban Spain. Adán Aliaga has turned a simple
subject into a dashing and fast paced, remarkably candid documentary on
family life in Spain, modernization and generational change. A tribute to
grandmothers everywhere, filled with painterly images of southeastern Spain
and a director¹s love for his family. This film qualified for a 2006 Academy
award® nomination and has won numerous awards including the IDFA ‹ Joris
Ivens Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival.
THE BASQUE BALL- SKIN AGAINST STONE
(La Pelota Vasca - La Piel Contra la Piedra)
By Julio Medem | Spain | 2003 |115 min | DVD | NTSC | Region 0
Spanish and Basque w/ English subtitles
THE HIGHEST-GROSSING DOCUMENTARY OF ALL TIME IN SPAIN ‹ Now available in
North America in NTSC with public performance rights, only from Pragda.
³With over 100 interviews and reels upon reels of archive footage, La Pelota
Vasca is an incisive documentary on Spain, ETA, and the Basque region.
Director Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia, Lovers of the Arctic Circle) delivers a
fascinating overview of the torturous politics of the Basque area and the
region¹s notorious terrorist separatist group. Controversial in the extreme,
Medem¹s documentary has drawn sharp censure from the Spanish authorities,
with Spain¹s Minister for Culture branding the film "suspicious." Such a
response is typical of the passions that the Basque issue stirs up. Medem¹s
even-handed approach straddles both sides of the political spectrum,
treating the complex web of history, identity and politics surrounding his
subject with great maturity." - Jamie Russell, BBC Radio
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