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Jaume Balagueró: New Wave Spanish Horror

Jaume Balagueró: New Wave Spanish Horror

28–31 October 2010

Celebrate Halloween with the horrifying visions of Spanish writer–director Jaume Balagueró. Blending taunt suspense with disturbing violence, Balagueró’s tightly constructed films explore misidentification, claustrophobia and cruelty.

Alicia 1994 Ages 18+

Alicia 1994 Ages 18+

Fri 29 Oct 6.00pm (with Días sin luz + The Nameless) / Cinema B

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 8 MINUTES, SPAIN, SPANISH / DIRECTOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRODUCER: JOAN GINARD / SCRIPT: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOAN BABILONI / EDITOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: JUST FILMS

This visually stunning and equally shocking short marks the beginning of Balagueró’s fascination with the dark and unnerving world of horror. The film has been seen as an allegory for religous faith, but also as representing the sexual stereotypes as something repulsive and ugly. Balagueró created a surreal and disturbing universe, most notably through his use of hard contrasts and fast, rhythmic editing, reminiscent of early works by auteurs of the corporeal, Lynch and Cronenberg.

Días sin luz 1995 Ages 18+

Días sin luz 1995 Ages 18+

Fri 29 Oct 6.00pm (with Alicia + The Nameless) / Cinema B

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 8 MINUTES, SPAIN, SPANISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRODUCER: NACHO CERDÀ / SCRIPT: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / CINEMATOGRAPHY: JOAN BABOLONI / EDITOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: JUST FILMS

Diaz sin luz offers a similar haunting aesthetic to that of Alicia. Narrated by a young boy, whose disturbing tale foretells a dark future, the film’s recurrent themes of war and violence, particularly towards children, are even more powerful in diffused sepia. Balagueró again delivers provocative imagery; disturbing slices of horror that linger long in the mind, a forerunner of his forthcoming feature films.

Los sin nombre (The Nameless) 1999 R

Los sin nombre (The Nameless) 1999 R

Fri 29 Oct 6.00pm (with Alicia + Diaz Sin Luz) / Cinema B

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 102 MINUTES, SPAIN, SPANISH (CATALAN DUB/ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRODUCERS: JAUME BALAGUERÓ, CARLOS FERNÀNDEZ, JULIO FERNÀNDEZ, JOAN GINARD / SCRIPT: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / BASED ON THE NOVEL BY RAMSEY CAMPBELL / CINEMATOGRAPHY: XAVI GIMÉNEZ / EDITOR: LUIS DE LA MADRID / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: FILMAX INTERNATIONAL

Balagueró’s stylish feature-length debut examines the darker side of humanity with a refined approach to the horror genre. Based on the novel by British horror writer Ramsey Campbell, the film tells the story of a brutal, ritualistic murder of a young girl, and her mother’s search for truth. Balagueró draws from his short films exploring an undercurrent of dread and a sense of impending doom, while the camera work and video distortion keep the audience guessing.

Darkness 2002 M

Darkness 2002 M

Sat 30 Oct 6.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 102 MINUTES, SPAIN, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRODUCERS: CARLOS FERNÀNDEZ, JULIO FERNÀNDEZ / SCRIPT: FERNANDO DE FELIPE / CINEMATOGRAPHY: XAVI GIMÉNEZ / EDITOR: LUIS DE LA MADRID / PRINT SOURCE: BUENA VISTA HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Balagueró’s first North American feature film blends horror, suspense and the supernatural. Oscar-winner, Anna Paquin stars as Regina, a teenager whose family moves into a dilapidated house with a dark secret involving a cult of child killers trying to summon a great evil. Dark and unnerving the film features strong performances from the young cast. Balagueró delivers a restrained brand of horror that is both compelling and affecting.

Fragile 2005 M

Fragile 2005 M

Sat 30 Oct 8.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 93 MINUTES, SPAIN/UNITED KINGDOM, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JAUME BALAGUERÓ / PRODUCERS: CARLOS FERNÀNDEZ, JULIO FERNÀNDEZ, JOAN GINARD / SCRIPT: JORDI GALCERAN / CINEMATOGRAPHY: XAVI GIMÉNEZ / EDITOR: JAUME MARTI / PRINT SOURCE: FILMAX INTERNATIONAL / RIGHTS: BEYOND HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Balagueró’s fascination with female and child protagonists continues with Fragile, a classic ghost story that creates suspense from beginning to end. Calista Flockhart stars as a nurse in the paediatric ward of a decaying hospital where patients limbs are mysteriously broken by an invisible force. Fragile was filmed on location in a decommissioned pulmonary hospital in Barcelona.

[REC] 2007 MA 15+

[REC] 2007 MA 15+

Sun 31 Oct 6.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 79 MINUTES, SPAIN, SPANISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRCTORS: JAUME BALAGUERÓ, PACO PLAZA / PRODUCERS: CARLOS FERNÀNDEZ, JULIO FERNÀNDEZ / SCRIPT: JAUME BALAGUERÓ, LUIS BERDEJO, PACO PLAZA / CINEMATOGRAPHY: PABLO ROSSO / EDITOR: DAVID GALLART / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: RIALTO DISTRIBUTION

'Ever since The Blair Witch Project, the faux horror documentary has had many imitators, culminating with the big-budget Cloverfield. Unfortunately all these imitators failed to do the one thing demanded of the new genre: scare the hell out of us. We're happy to report that [REC] makes up for prior transgressions with the story of perky TV reporter Angela, whose show "While You Sleep" covers the nocturnal activities of Barcelona firemen. When a report of a screaming woman in an apartment block comes in, Angela and her crew of two follow the dedicated team to the emergency. The brisk [REC] doesn't waste a moment with its claustrophobic setup and, once things start to go wrong, it builds to a kind of hysterically sustained tension rarely seen on the big screen'. New Zealand Film Festival

[REC] 2 2009 Ages 15+

[REC] 2 2009 Ages 15+

Sun 31 Oct 7.30pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 85 MINUTES, SPAIN, SPANISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTORS: JAUME BALAGUERÓ, PACO PLAZA / PRODUCERS: CARLOS FERNÀNDEZ, JULIO FERNÀNDEZ / SCRIPT: JAUME BALAGUERÓ, MANU DIEZ, PACO PLAZA / CINEMATOGRAPHY: PABLO ROSSO / EDITOR: DAVID GALLART / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: VENDETTA FILMS

Australian Premiere.

‘Beginning five minutes after the first film, a medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed-off apartment to control the situation. By using the flipped perspective of the camera-equipped troops, Balagueró and Plaza have designed a shocker meticulously calculated to set your nerves on edge. [REC] 2 is Aliens to Alien, a sequel that ramps up the action but does not defile the spirit of its predecessor’. Toronto Film Festival