Festival of New Spanish Films

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If the only Spanish filmmaker you know about is Pedro Almodóvar, check out this week's Festival of New Spanish Films. You'll discover lots of other equally talented, if slightly less well-known, directors and see a variety of new shorts, features and documentaries. Friday's screening, Yo también (Me Too!), by Álvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro, tells the story of a young man with Down syndrome who falls in love. Saturday brings the lyrical Estigmas (Stigmata), starring Spanish shot put champion Manuel Martinez. Adapted from a graphic novel, the story follows a man who wakes up one day with bleeding hands and unwanted advice as to what to do about them. Following the film, director Adán Aliaga will stick around for a question-and-answer session. On Sunday, Mar Coll's comedic Tres dies amb la família (Three Days with the Family) chronicles a long weekend gathering prompted by a funeral. The semiautobiographical account of a dysfunctional family coping with grief won Coll a Goya Best New Director award. Several other titles are also on this weekend's schedule. Rice Media Center, 6100 Main. For a full schedule, call 713-348-7529 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. Free to $6.
Oct. 15-18, 2010

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