The prequel to The Hunger Games and Ken Loach’s new one, The Old Oak, headlines this weekend’s film premieres, which also stars Malena Alterio in her first leading role in the adaptation of Juan José’s Let Nobody Sleep Miles.
Additionally, Carlota Pereda’s second feature film, La Ermita, has been released, starring Belen Rueda, winner of Seminsi, La Images Permanente and a supernatural drama, among other roles, in the animated film El Sueño de la Sultana.
‘The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’
Prequel to the famous dystopian trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and the fifth film in the saga. Set in post-apocalyptic Panem, it takes place several decades before the beginning of Katniss Everdeen’s adventures.
Without Jennifer Lawrence in the cast, the plot focuses on the characters of Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blythe), an ambitious young man who will become the dictatorial leader of Panem, and Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Ziegler), who comes from the Districts to attend. . In sports. The cast also includes Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis and Peter Dinklage.
‘old oak tree’
Ken Loach, twice winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016), is once again with his usual screenwriter, Paul Laverty. The new film, The Old Oak Tree, stars Debbie Honeywood, Bella Marie and Dave Turner.
The film revolves around the last pub left in a town in the north east of England, which is being abandoned due to the closure of the mines. Housing is cheap and available, making it an ideal location for Syrian refugees.
‘Don’t let anyone sleep’
Life and Nothing More director Antonio Méndez Esparza has enlisted Malena Alterio, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and a group of non-professional actors for the adaptation of Juan José Milá’s novel Let Nobody Sleep.
After losing her job as a computer programmer, Lucia (Alterio) decides to change her life by starting to work as a taxi driver and as she wanders the streets of Madrid in search of love and new adventures, she sets out on a quest for revenge. Gets ready. Against those who have looted him. Their own story.
Belen Rueda plays a bitter and lonely medium in La Ermita, the second feature film from director Carlota Pereda (2022), a supernatural drama that emphasizes mother-child relationships. Emma (Maia Zytegi), an eight-year-old girl who wants to learn to communicate with the spirit of another girl who has been trapped in her town’s hermitage for centuries, tries to convince the disbelieving Carol (Rueda). False medium, I taught him to talk to ghosts.
Eli Roth, director expert in horror, author of titles such as Hostel and Cabin Fever and creator of the diptych Grindhouse directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, presents a new film set on Thanksgiving Day and with Patrick Dempsey as the protagonist. A mysterious killer inspired by the Thanksgiving holiday terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts, and kills residents one by one in a bloodbath that combines humor and horror.
The first feature film by Laura Ferres (Barcelona, 1989), which has won the Golden Spike at the Seminole. The film explores the absence and relationships of women migrating from Andalusia to Catalonia through the story of Carmen, an advertising photographer who befriends a street vendor.
Indian writer Begum Rokeya wrote a utopian-feminist narrative early in the last century in which women exercise power over men, who are intellectually inferior and devoted to domestic chores.
The story gives title to this animated film directed by Isabel Herguera, which follows the steps of a young Basque woman who discovers that story and decides to search in India for traces of that utopian country and the author.
John Malkovich plays Seneca in this historical drama directed by German Robert Schwentke, which focuses on the Stoic philosopher’s final days and his relationship with the Emperor Nero.
The film, which its director presents as a parable about excessive power and the danger of totalitarian systems, also stars Geraldine Chaplin.
Based on what we would do if the people we love most were in extreme danger and we couldn’t do anything to save them, Catalan filmmaker Marc Recha takes audiences to the Catalan Pyrenees in this thriller. Take away, whose heroes get trapped without thinking. Getaway. After working as a gardener in a luxury development for a decade, Oona (Monte German) is about to turn 50 and wants to quit her job to devote herself to piloting a tourist airliner. But the arrival of strangers reveals his past and changes his life.
Almería filmmaker Juan Francisco Viruega debuts with an intimate story full of autobiographical fragments that speaks of reconciliation and reunion and what its director defines as a physical and emotional journey towards love and forgiveness. Alba (Aura Garrido) returns to her hometown after a romantic breakup. There he meets his sister Candela again. Both will heal childhood wounds and support their mother in her last days.
‘Only dance is left’
The play, about two dancers trying to survive in the demanding and ambitious world of ballet in the 70s, is directed by Israeli Dana Nechushtyan, based on the life of Olga de Haas, who was part of the Dutch National Ballet .
Néstor Ruiz Medina raises a reflection on sexuality and intimacy as a couple in this erotic drama starring María Lázaro and Fernando Barona, who gives life to a couple dedicated to amateur porn, portrayed in 21 moments and sequences .
Directed by Borja and José María Zavala, The Heartbeat of Heaven describes “Eucharistic miracles” that were investigated by Blessed Carlo Acutis, an Italian who died in 2006, in several countries. The film was shot in locations such as the sanctuaries of Lanciano (Italy) and Legnica (Poland).
‘With you, with you and without me’
This directorial debut of Amaya Villar Navasquez is a documentary that combines real images with animation to review the four love relationships that have marked her life over twenty years.