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SPS Celebrates 40 Years of SIFF!

Submitted by Holly J Winters on May 15, 2014 - 10:16am

The 2014 Seattle International Film Festival kicks off May 15, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies is proud to again sponsor this world-renowned event!




This year SPS is sponsoring two Spanish-language films:

Los insolitos peces gato (The Amazing Catfish), Mexico - France | Directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce

The Amazing Catfish

When all you feel is alone, there is nothing more special that finding a person with whom to share your feelings. When 22-year-old Claudia, who lives by herself in Guadalajara, ends up in the emergency room with signs of appendicitis, she meets Martha lying on the bed next to her, where they bond over a shared bag of potato chips. After they’re discharged from the hospital, Martha spies Claudia walking home from her surgery and forces her to accept a ride home in her bright yellow Beetle. Always maintaining the best of spirits, Martha welcomes Claudia into her family of four wild children, where she’s quickly able to find her place in the tribe. Sadly, though Martha acts as the strong parental figure of this chaotic household of personalities, she is HIV-positive and slowly dying. As Martha weakens, Claudia’s bond with each family member grows stronger and stronger. With natural and inspired performances all-around, this heartwarming “bedside story” from first-time Mexican director Claudia Sainte-Luce explores the importance of generosity, responsibility, and family.

Saturday, May 24 | 11:30am | SIFF Cinema Uptown
Tuesday, May 27 | 7:00pm | Harvard Exit
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La gran familia española (Family United), Spain | Directed by Daniel Sánchez Arévalo

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.

Friday, May 30 | 6:00pm | Kirkland Performance Center
Monday, June 2 | 7:00pm | Egyptian Theatre
Tuesday, June 3 | 4:15pm | AMC Pacific Place 11
Purchase tickets here

Also, check out the comprehensive list of films from Spain, Portugal and Latin America playing at Seattle International Film Festival!

Film Festival PDF

Receive $2 OFF a film seen on this flyer by using promo code SPLA2014 when ordering tickets online, over the phone or at the box office. Promotion valid for regular-priced screenings only. Cannot be used with other promotions or discounts.