Spanish cinema has achieved much due recognition in recent years. Spanish filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel, considered one of the greatest Directors in this art, or Pedro Almodovar, Alejandro Amenábar, Juan Antonio Bardem, Iciar Bollain, and Oriole Paulo have all achieved universal recognition and their films have had international success stories.
This achievement is commendable considering Spanish cinema had a difficult beginning at the turn of the XXth Century. Repeatedly affected and disrupted by politics, wars, religion, and financial crisis until the death of dictator Franco in the late 70s whern Spanish cinema began to see independence. In most recent achievements, 3 Spanish films have won a much-coveted Oscar for best foreign-language film (Belle Epoch, Mar Adentro, and Todo Sobre Mi Madre).
For more information on Spanish cinema we share the following 13 minute video taking you on a great trip through its history.
If you would like to discover more on Spanish culture, we propose the following top 5 Spanish movies for you to discover*:
- Contratiempo, Oriol Paulo
A young businessman wakes up in a locked hotel room next to the body of his dead lover. He hires a prestigious lawyer to defend him, and over the course of one night, they work together to find out what happened.
- La comunidad, Alex De la Iglesia
The accidental discovery of a big fortune hidden in the apartment of a deceased man will fill the heart of a real estate agent with greed and dreams of a luxurious life, but the neighbors think otherwise.
- Mar adentro, Amenábar
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die
- Te doy mis ojos, Iciar Bollain
One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her.
- Volver, Almodóvar
After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn’t resolve during her life.
*List curated by Tiffany Barclay Martin, Olympic Advisors Social Media Associate