Five New Spanish-Language Films Feb. 7-10

| February 7, 2013

Webster University Film Series, with the generous support of Pragda, presents five new Spanish-language films from around the world, Feb. 7 – 10. All screenings are in the Winfred Moore Auditorium and admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors (60 +), students from other schools and Webster alumni, $4 for Webster faculty and staff, and free to Webster students with valid ID.

Film selections include La Yuma, Chico & Rita, Even The Rain (Tambien la Lluvia), Amerikanuak and Marimbas From Hell (Las Marimbas del Infierno). For more information, visit

La Yuma

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
LA YUMA (Florence Jaugey, 2011, Nicaragua, Spain, Mexico, France, 91 min.)

Nicaragua’s first full-length feature in 20 years, La Yuma tells the story of a young woman who dreams of transcending her bleak life in the slums of Managua by becoming a boxer. Looking beyond the meager possibilities that seem available to her (and ignoring the advice of her gang-member friends), she finds solace and hope in her training and falls in love with a middle-class journalism student. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Friday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
CHICO & RITA (Fernando Trueba & Javier Mariscal, 2010, Spain, Great Britain , 90 min.)

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba and Spain’s legendary illustrator Javier Mariscal celebrate their passion for the music and culture of Cuba with an animated, epic story of love, passion, and heartbreak. Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and desire unite them as they chase their dreams and each other from Havana to New York to Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas. In Spanish & English with English subtitles.

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Even The Rain (Tambien la Lluvia)

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.
EVEN THE RAIN (TAMBIÉN LA LLUVIA) (Iciar Bollaín, 2010, Spain, 2010, 104 min.)

Costa and Sebastian arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to shoot a period film about Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.  They’re on the tightest of budgets, but the shoot gets off to a smooth start.  But things get complicated when their extras and main actor, locals to Cochabamba, rise up against the privatization of their drinking water.  Their battle to get their film made intertwines with the fight of their Bolivian crew members, deprived of their most basic rights, prohibited from collecting even the rain.500 years after Columbus, sticks and stones are once again up against the steel and gunpowder of a modern army. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Sunday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m.
AMERIKANUAK (Nacho Reig, 2011, Spain, 92 min)

More than half a century ago, many Basques left Spain to look for a better life working as sheepherders in the American West. In Amerikanuak, Nacho Reig looks at the lives of some of the last remaining Basque sheepherders in the United States. Against the backdrop of the vast blue skies and bleak but beautiful winter landscape of the small town of Elko, Nevada, immigrants reflect on the difficulties that many of these immigrants faced in forging new lives in a foreign country, their nostalgia for what was left behind, and their effort to preserve Basque culture. In Spanish and Basque with English subtitles.


Marimbas From Hell (Las Marimbas del Infierno)

Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
MARIMBAS FROM HELL (LAS MARIMBAS DEL INFIERNO) (Júlio Hernández Cordón, 2011, Guatemala/Mexico/France, 75 min.)

Three unlikely characters from Guatemala City attempt to fuse improbable musical styles. Don Alfonso plays the marimba for a living, but as his traditional music is seen as increasingly old-fashioned, he finds himself without a job. When his glue-sniffing godson introduces him to Blacko, an old heavy-metal legend of the Guatemalan underground, they decide to do something radical and fuse the sounds of the marimba with heavy metal. Filled with laugh-aloud moments, Marimbas From Hell is a fresh and unique story of the fusion between tradition and modernity that conveys a moving and authentic sense of Guatemalan life.  In Spanish with English subtitles

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The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency.


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