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L.A. OLA

SPANISH CONTEMPORARY CINEMA SHOWCASE

May 18-21 / Los Angeles

June 2-4 / New York

L.A. OLA 2017 - 3rd Edition

 

L.A. OLA is a showcase of the most outstanding and innovative independent contemporary films from Spain in the cities of Los Angeles and New York.

 

 

 
 
 

Thursday, May 18

EL MONTALBAN ROOFTOP

8pm - Opening night

'THAT FEELING' / 'ESA SENSACIÓN' by Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson + Q&A

*Short film: 'DECORADO' by Alberto Váquez

10.30pm - L.A. Drones / Live music performance

 

Friday, May 19

EL MONTALBAN ROOFTOP

8pm - 'OLEG AND THE RARE ARTS' / 'OLEG Y LAS RARAS ARTES' by Andrés Duque

*Short film: 'OUR FRIEND THE MOON' / 'NUESTRA AMIGA LA LUNA' by Velasco Broca

 

Saturday, May 20

ECHO PARK FILM CENTER

5pm - Master class by Oliver Laxe + screening

7.30pm -'NO COW ON THE ICE' / 'INGEN KO PÅ ISEN' by Eloy Domínguez Serén

*Short film: 'NEW MADRID' by Natalia Marín

 

EL MONTALBAN ROOFTOP

9pm - DJ set by Honney Power

10pm - 'AGATA'S FRIENDS' / 'LES AMIGUES DE L'AGATA' by Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart + Q&A

*Short film: 'THE DISCO SHINES' / 'LA DISCO RESPLANDECE' by Chema García Ibarra

 

Sunday, May 21

EGYPTIAN THEATER

5pm-6.20pm L.A. OLA INDUSTRY PANEL

'Women in the US and European Independent Film Industries'

Can women change the film industry landscape? Women in leading positions will discuss female oriented programs and grants, international co-productions, gender perspectives and the latest trends in independent cinema. 

7.30pm - 'MIMOSAS' by Oliver Laxe + Q&A

*Short film: 'FAJR' by Lois Patiño

10pm - Closing cocktail

 

 

*Short film program curated by Curtocircuito
 

L.A. OLA: NYC EDITION

 

For three consecutive years, L.A. OLA has provided Los Angeles with a window into the most innovative Spanish cinema, and now the festival hits the East Coast with L.A. OLA: NYC EDITION at the prestigious Anthology Film Archives. 

 

 

Friday, June 2

8pm - 'THAT FEELING' / 'ESA SENSACIÓN'

By Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson

*Short film: 'DECORADO' by Alberto Váquez

 

Saturday, June 3

5:45pm - 'NO COW ON THE ICE' / 'INGEN KO PÅ ISEN'

By Eloy Domínguez Serén

*Short film: 'NEW MADRID' by Natalia Marín

 

8pm - 'OLEG AND THE RARE ARTS' / 'OLEG Y LAS RARAS ARTES'

By Andrés Duque

*Short film: 'OUR FRIEND THE MOON' / 'NUESTRA AMIGA LA LUNA' by Velasco Broca

 

Sunday, June 4

5:45pm - 'ÀGATA’S FRIENDS' / 'LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA'

By Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart

*Short film: 'THE DISCO SHINES' / 'LA DISCO RESPLANDECE' by Chema García Ibarra

+ Q&A with Rocio Mesa and Laura Rius, co-director of 'ÀGATA’S FRIENDS'

 

8pm - 'MIMOSAS' By Oliver Laxe

*Short film: 'FAJR' by Lois Patiño

 

*Short film program curated by Curtocircuito
 

FEATURE FILMS

 

LA | Sunday, May 21 - 7.30pm

NYC | Sunday, June 4 - 8pm

MIMOSAS

Directed by Oliver Laxe

2016, 96 min, 16mm-to-digital. In Arabic with English subtitles.

Oliver Laxe’s stunning new film is a breathtakingly shot ‘Eastern western’ that follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Somewhere in the desert, a caravan is escorting an elderly sheik to the village where he was born. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. Without their leader, the company grows fearful. And at the foot of a mountain pass, they refuse to continue, entrusting the body to two men who agree to carry on and bring it to its final destination. But who are these men? And do they really know the way? Meanwhile, in another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan. The film won the Nespresso Grand Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week 2016, among other international awards.

TRAILER

DIRECTOR IN PERSON (LOS ANGELES)


LA | Thursday, May 18 - 8pm

NYC | Friday, June 2 - 8pm

THAT FEELING

ESA SENSACIÓN

Directed by Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson

2015, 79 min, digital. In Spanish with English subtitles.

In this highly original and comical film, three Spanish directors tell three stories: about a woman who becomes passionately excited by inanimate objects throughout the city (a parking meter, a metal bridge, etc); a man who follows his father in order to unravel his secret; and a couple of friends who suddenly, as if felled by a virus, display improper behavior against their will. These three interwoven storylines seem at first sight to have little to do with each other, but in each the characters are visited by an unexpected and strangely addictive sensation, which knocks them out of their daily routine and forces them to come to terms with issues such as love, faith, and human will.

TRAILER

DIRECTOR IN PERSON (LOS ANGELES)


LA | Friday, May 19 - 8pm

NYC | Saturday, June 3 - 8pm

OLEG AND THE RARE ARTS

OLEG Y LAS RARAS ARTES

Directed by Andrés Duque

2016, 70 min, digital. In Russian with English subtitles.

Several biographical facts: Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaychuk (1927-2016) played the piano for Stalin as a child prodigy, attended the Leningrad Conservatory, and in the course of his career primarily wrote music for theatre and film – for instance, for Paradjanov and Muratova. In Russia, he is admired for his music and his playing, but also for his unique and eccentric personality. At the age of 89, Karavaychuk is still a controversial and puzzling figure in Russian culture. Who is this man, who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol? The beautiful film that Andrés Duque has made about him is a gift to the viewer, a gift from an old artist who wants to be reconciled with the world and who transports us away from reality with words, gestures, and piano playing, free of social conventions, to a world where clashing dissonants have a liberating beauty.

TRAILER


LA | Saturday, May 20 - 10pm

NYC | Sunday, June 4 - 5:45pm

ÀGATA’S FRIENDS

LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA

Directed by Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart

2015, 70 min, digital. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.

LES AMIGUES DE L’ÀGATA is a thoughtful and delicate portrait of four young friends through the eyes of Àgata. Now in her first year at university, Àgata finds her relationship with her school friends transformed, both in their daily lives in Barcelona as well as during a trip to the Costa Brava. For this exceptional final thesis film, all four directors shared in the various film production roles, with the assistance of mentors including Isaki Lacuesta and Elías León Siminiani.

TRAILER

DIRECTOR IN PERSON (LOS ANGELES)


LA | Saturday, May 20 - 7.30pm

NYC | Saturday, June 3 - 5:45pm

NO COW ON THE ICE

INGEN KO PÅ ISEN

Directed by Eloy Domínguez Serén

2015, 63 min, digital. In Swedish and Galician with English subtitles.

“Language and landscape as a gateway to a new life.” A young Galician emigrates to Sweden, where he performs several part-time jobs while trying to embark on a film career. The challenge of learning a new language and the fascination of an unusual landscape soon become two fundamental stimuli in the face of the difficulties of adapting to a new country. Inspired in part by Jonas Mekas (both by his memoir, “I Had Nowhere to Go,” and his pioneering diary films), Domínguez Serén utilizes his constant documentation of his new habitat, his various trades, and his new relationships, to reflect on his new status as an immigrant.

TRAILER


SHORT FILMS

 

DECORADO | SCENERY

Alberto Vázquez | 2016 | Spain, France

The world is a wonderful stage, but the casting is deplorable. Winner of a Goya Award for Best Animated Short Film, nominated at AFI Fest 2016. 

 

FAJR

Lois Patiño | 2016 | Spain

In the Moroccan desert, the night dilutes forms and silence slides through sand. Dawn starts then to draw silhouettes of dunes while motionless figures punctuate the landscape. From the abstraction of the night, light returns its dimension to space and their volume to bodies. Stillness concentrates the gaze and duration densifies it. The adhan (muslim call to pray) sounds and immobility, that was condensing, begins to irradiate. And now the bodies are those which dissolve into the desert.

 

NEW MADRID

Natalia Marin | 2016 | Spain

New Madrid is an experimental essay on cities built as a simulacrum and the failed utopia as a result of the experiment on the eight towns called the United States of Madrid.

 

NUESTRA AMIGA LA LUNA | OUR FRIEND THE MOON

Velasco Broca | 2016 | Spain

Hadji is a disabled young Hindu man who lives humbly on the banks of the Ganges River. After losing what little he had, he is accepted as a disciple by a strange spiritual leader of Russian origin. This alliance will lead them to some bizarre events that will have consequences through a synchronous principle in other parts of the West. This short film is inspired by the third century Gnostic text The Hymn of the Pearl.

 

LA DISCO RESPLANDECE | THE DISCO SHINES

Chema García Ibarra | 2016 | Turkey

The shadow of the mountain grows as the evening falls. Five lads get ready for the evening: they have booze, music and a car. It doesn’t matter if the disco shut down years ago.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT EACH VENUE

 

THEATERS IN L.A.

The Egyptian Theater

 
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     L.A. OLA

L.A. OLA is organized by La Panda Productions, Playtime Audiovisuales and Rocío Mesa, in partnership with Spain Fresh; with the principal support of Acción cultural Española AC/E and SPAIN Arts & Culture; also supported by Trade Commission of Spain ICEXInstitut Ramon Llull and ELMA; co-presented in partnership with MUBI and Curtocircuito; also Co-presented by Rooftop Cinema Club at The Montalbán, the American Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum and the Echo Park Film Center; and with the collaboration of the institutions Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles and Embassy of Spain in the United States.

 

 

L.A. OLA is a showcase of the best contemporary independent cinema from Spain. The Spanish filmmaking scene is emerging as one of the most fertile and successful in Europe with a new generation of young Spanish filmmakers who are winning great acclaim at prestigious international film festivals (such as Locarno, Berlin, Rotterdam, and Cannes). Despite their critical success, these groundbreaking Spanish films have struggled to gain access to the traditional distribution circuit. L.A. OLA aims to create a bridge between Spain and the U.S. to address this problem, giving exposure to all these extraordinary films in the cultural capitals at this side of the Atlantic.

For three consecutive years, L.A. OLA has provided Los Angeles with a window into the most innovative Spanish cinema; and now the festival hits the East Coast with L.A. OLA: NYC EDITION! The showcase is a not-to-be-missed event for devotees of contemporary world cinema, and a meeting point for two continents. 

 

 

 

Director: Rocio Mesa

 

LA PANDA
US Programmer and Filmmakers' liaison: Elia Urquiza
Director of Operations: Jana Díaz Juhl
Producer and Communications Manager: Pau Brunet
Associated Programmer: Carlos Marques-Marcet


PLAYTIME AUDIOVISUALES
Senior programmer and producer in Spain: Enrique Piñuel
Senior programmer and producer in Spain: Natalia Piñuel

 

SPAIN FRESH
Producer in NYC: Javier Moreno
Associate Producer in NYC: Laire Leguina

 

ESTUDIO NARIZ
Designer & Developer: Giuseppe de Cesare
Designer & Developer: Nuria Benitez Redondo

 

Short Film Program Curator: Curtocircuito, Pela del Álamo

Graphic Designer: Salvador García Ceja

Production Assistant: Victor Alonso Berbel

 

 

 

 

LA Panda is a US production company based in Los Angeles and formed by eleven Spanish filmmakers - producers, directors, screenwriters and cinematographers. LA Panda is designed to function as a bridge between the Spanish and American Film and Television industry. LA Panda has produced over 50 projects including commercials, music videos, documentaries and feature films.

Playtime Audiovisuales is a production, distribution and exhibition platform based in Madrid and founded by Enrique Piñuel and Natalia Piñuel in 2007 with a special focus on contemporary Spanish Cinema.

SPAIN FRESH is a platform for the promotion of the arts and the creativity related to Spain abroad. It offers art management services with high quality standards through multidisciplinary events, cultural programs and pop-ups, including music, fine arts, or film.

 

 

 

L.A. OLA 2015 - 1st Edition

Screenings

2015 Full Programming

Activities

PANEL > Independent cinema distribution and Outreach

  • Dylan Wiley - President, Speciality Releasing at Broad Green Pictures
  • Orly Ravid - Founder at The Film Collaborative & attorney at Early Sullivan
  • Nathan Faustyn - Director of non-theatrical Sales and Acquisitions at Strand Releasing
  • Hailey Wierengo - Agent at Independent Film Group, UTA (United Talent Agency)
  • Moderator – Kate Walsh – Contributor at IndieWire (The Playlist)

Masterclass > Minimalist approaches to gesture and duration in Spanish experimental film, by director Laida Lertxundi

  • Frequencies, Alberto Cabrera Bernal, 2011, 16mm/video, 4min.
  • 75 Cuts for Carl Andre, 2012, 16mm on video, 1 min.
  • Start After 9: Regarding George Maciunas, Alberto Cabrera Bernal, 2009, 16mm/video, 1 min.
  • Footnotes to a House of Love, Laida Lertxundi, 2007, 16mm, 13 min.
  • A Lax Riddle Unit, Laida Lertxundi, 2011, 16mm, 4 min.
  • Contactos, Paulino Viota, 1970, 35mm on bluray, 70 minutes (Los Angeles Premiere)

Masterclass > Director Lois Patiño

Lois Patiño presents a selection of his work, including his latest film Noite Sem Distância
(Night Without Distance).

  • Noite sem distância, 23 min. (USA Premiere)
  • Paisaje - Distancia. Campo de fútbol, 1min
  • Na vibración da auga, 4 min
  • Montaña en sombra, 14 min
  • En el movimiento del paisaje, 9 min
  • La Imagen Arde, 15min (short version)
  • Paisaje - Duración. Rocas, 4 min
  • Estratos de la Imagen, 7 min

L.A. OLA 2016 - 2nd Edition

Screenings

2016 Full Programming

SHORT FILM PROGRAM > Curated by Curtocircuito

  • 'To Be and to Come Back' by Xacio Baño
  • 'The Breeze' by Blanca Camell Galí and José Pizarro
  • '6Lola6' by Tomás Peña
  • 'Neither God nor Santa Maria' by Samuel M Delgado and Helena Girón
  • 'We All Love the Seashore' by Keina Espiñeira

Activities

Masterclass > New Spanish Cinema by Virginia García del Pino
Virginia García del Pino is a director of non-fiction cinema and of projects for the Creative Documentary Master at the UAB. Her work has travelled greatly round festivals, museums and contemporary art centers. In 2008, she received several awards for Lo que tú dices que soy. Mi hermana y yo (2009) participated in Punto de Vista and FIDMarseille, and was screened at the New York Anthology Film Archives as part of the Spanish Non-Fiction Cinema programme. Her first feature film. El jurado (2012), participated in the official selections at FIDMarseille, FICValdivia and Punto de Vista.

Panel > How to sell your movie: new marketing tools for a guerrilla campaign

  • Jaime Otero (moderator) – Head of Marketing and Business development at Rightstrade
  • Mike Repsch – Head of Marketing de Breaking Glass Pics
  • Anam Syed – Independent branding and marketing consultant
  • Brittany Sandler – PR at Beck Media & Marketing
  • Rene Ridinger – VP of Entertainment communications at MPRM
 

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