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La Gran Familia Española (Family United) | Sponsored Film at SIFF

Seattle International Film Festival | Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Family United
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
Egyptian Theatre

Spanish & Portuguese Studies is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival! Purchase tickets here.

La Gran Familia Española (Family United)

This film will also be shown:
Friday, May 30 | Kirkland Performance Center | 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 3 | Pacific Place Cinemas | 4:15pm

In this Spanish comedy, a wedding gathering coincides with the 2010 soccer World Cup final. The family must deal with secrets, infidelity, and a comic range of misunderstandings before the game ends and the knot is tied.

Soft pastels hues seem to paint this film by director Daniel Sánchez Arévalo with shades of nostalgia from its very inception. Beginning with lively clips from Stanley Donen’s classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the movie unfolds amidst the chaos of the 2010 World Cup final, which just happens to coincide with a family wedding that’s filled with surprises. Drama builds from the beginning as the family gathers for the nuptials of the idealistic youngest brother, each member concealing secrets—from long-ago love affairs to misplaced engagement rings, shady intentions, and regrets. Realistically complex, these characters navigate the day with humor—spilling drinks, dancing down the aisle and gathering together to watch the game and support each other. With their father's health waning and emotions running high, this one summer day seems to hold the key to untangling the complicated web existing between family members and friends. Featuring impeccable camera work and scenic shots of small village life in Spain, Family United’s emotional ups and downs are perfectly punctuated by the serene ballads of Josh Rouse, while its light touch makes it an ideal film for audiences of all ages.

Director Biography
Daniel Sánchez Arévalo was born in Madrid in 1970 and has a B.A. in Business Administration. Having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, he completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York, where he started his career as a director. Back in Spain, he won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in 2002 and 2003 at the Notodofilmfest with his films Gol and Expres. Fisica II, his first 35mm short film, has earned over fifty awards, including a pre-selection to the 2005 Oscars® in the Short Fiction Category.

Sponsored by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, The Tourist Office of Spain, Dragados USA, UW Spanish & Portuguese Studies

Director: Daniel Sánchez Arévalo
Principal Cast: Verónica Echegui, Antonio de la Torre, Quim Gutiérrez, Roberto Álamo, Miquel Fernández
Country:  Spain
Year: 2013
Running Time: 95 minutes