Sat 28 Sept

Grandfathers

Cert. tbc

Special Screenings

London Spanish Film Festival

Abuelos

108 mins

in Spanish with EN subs

ESP | 2019 | dir. Santiago Requejo, with Carlos Iglesias, Roberto Álvarez, and Ramón Barea

Isidro (Carlos Iglesias) is but one of many victims of the Spanish financial crash. Unemployed at the age of 56, he soon discovers that nobody wants to hire a senior — even one with 30 years of relevant experience. His friends Desiderio (Ramón Barea), a writer of romantic fiction, and Arturo (Roberto Álvarez), a retiree desperate to be a grandfather, feel similarly out of place and behind the times in a globalised world in which image, youth, and technology reign supreme. Even so, the trio refuse to give up, joining forces to prove that they still have something to offer. Side by side they launch a modern, forward-thinking (or so they think) business from scratch: a nursery for toddlers. What could go wrong!? The first full-length feature from director Santiago Requejo, Abuelos is jam-packed with warm-hearted, feel-good humour — and a sharp critique of cultural assumptions about the elderly.

Preceded by the short:
Algo En Lo Que Creer / Something to Believe in

dir. Fany de la Chica, with María Alfonsa Rosso and Manuel Salas | Drama | Spain | 2018 | 13 min | cert. PG | in Spanish with English subtitles

Little Alba is about to receive her first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Her grandfather is very sick, so she asks Jesus Christ to end his life in peace. However, when he dies the next day, leaving a drug-addict uncle to take care of the children, a concerned Alba fears that she is culpable for his death. An insightful and reflective short from award-winning Andalusian filmmaker Fany de la Chica, now based in Harlem (New York), which won a College Emmy Award in 2019.

Preceded by an introduction by Alejandro Postigo.

Tristana Media Instituto Cervantes

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