Agustí Villaronga / Spain / 108 min / 2011 / Catalan with English subtitles Andreu comes across the bodies of a father and son in the forest. Leaning over the dying boy, Andreu hears him whisper “Pitorliu”—the name of a monster supposedly haunting local caves. But the real monsters in this brilliant adaptation of Emil Teixidor’s novel are the local Fascists, who keep close watch on the family of Andreu and other Republican sympathizers—and who think Andreu’s father might know more about these murders than he admits. Reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth and adored by audience and critics alike, Black Bread won an unheard of number of prizes, including 9 Goya Awards. It was the Spanish selection for the 2011 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. CHICO & RITA
Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando / Spain, UK / 94 min / 2012 / English and Spanish with English subtitles
Oscar®-winning director Fernando Trueba (The Age of Beauty) and famous artist Javier Mariscal, have teamed up to make Chico & Rita, an animated love story starring the music, culture and people of Cuba. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. An epic romance unfolds as the pair travels the glamorous stages of 1940s/1950s Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris. This received a 2012 Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature.