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Literature into television series
How the major television series are already a body of literature that has attracted the narrative talent no longer found in cinema. From G.R.R. Martin to Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), Aaron Sorkin or David Simon (The WireÇ), the best screenplay writers are literati with global influence. Jesús Calero, Editor in Chief of ABC’s arts pages, talks to a range of writers at this year’s Hay Festival Segovia about the new era of television storytelling.
This documentary tells the story of the last survivor of the Surrealists. Carrington was a woman hungry for freedom, who escaped from a strict London upbringing to Paris the first step in an eventful life that took her from one continent to another, through historic events and artistic movements. All of this is reflected in dream-like fashion through painting, cinema and literature inspired by her stay at a psychiatric hospital in Santander. She eventually found a spiritual and creative kinship in Mexico, where she was interviewed for this documentary.
Length: 80 minutes.
Director: Javier Martín-Domínguez. 2012
A group of delinquent youths who prowl Schönhauser Allee, in Communist East Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg. The four, each with his troubled life, are often in trouble with the police.
Length: 81 minutes
Director: Gerhard Klein
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Length: 118 minutes
Director: Sebastian Schipper
Following the sudden death of his mother, nine-year-old Zucchini befriends a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home. Initially, Zucchini struggles to adapt to the strange and hostile environment, but with the help of Raymond and his new friends, Zucchini will learn to love and trust others.
The adaptation of the novel by Gilles Paris has been a hit with the critics and a box office success, as well as winning prizes at several film festivals. Oscar nominated for Best Animated Film, the story, animated in stop-motion, takes a bold approach to children’s cinema and pulls no punches.
Length: 72 minutes
Directed by Claude Barras
This documentary is about the goddess Aphrodite, the great Goddess of Cyprus, is a breathtaking journey through time from the Chalcolithic period to the Roman era. Guided by Dr. Jacqueline Karageorghis, an internationally renowned French Archaeologist, it explains many unknown aspects of the worship of Aphrodite on her island.
Director: Stavros Papageorghiou.
The Same Sky is an electifying look at the tactics used by the East German secret police to get intel from the west. A ‘Romeo’ agent from East Germany in the 1970s is sent to the West, first to seduce and then to spy on Western women who worked in government or defence institutions.
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. 2017
Music, art and chaos in the wild West-Berlin of the 1980s. The walled-in city became the creative melting pot for sub- and pop-culture. Before the iron curtain fell, everything and anything went.
Length: 92 minutes
Director: Jorge A. Hoppe
Original version in German with subtitles in Spanish. 2015
Based on the novelby Johanna Spyri, this is the latest version of the universal classic about a young girl who lives with her grandfather in a modest chalet in the Swiss Alps. Together with her friend Peter, Heidi looks after her grandfather’s goats and enjoys the freedom in the mountains until her Aunt Dete takes her to Frankfurt. There, in the family of the wealthy Mr. Sesemann, she becomes the inseparable friend of sickly Clara and must learn to read and write under the supervision of her strict governess, Fräulein Rottenmeier. But Heidi will soon have to decide about whether to continue her new life or return to her beloved mountains and grandfather.
Length: 105 minutes
Directed by Alain Gsponer
The question at the heart of this new documentary, posed to some of Spain’s leading writers is simple, but not easy to answer: why do we still bother to write? Among those attempting to answer the question are Rosa Montero, Marta Sanz, Antonio Orejudo, Andrés Neuman, Juan Gabriel Vázquez and Rafael Reig.
Length: 57 minutes, with a 10-minute introduction by the director, followed by a 15-minute discussion.
Director: José Ovejero 2017.