A Conversation with Spanish Filmmakers and Actors from RECENT SPANISH CINEMA XVIII

October 12, 2012, 3:30 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The School of Cinematic Arts, The Spanish and Portuguese Department at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Recent Spanish Cinema XVIII at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre invite you and a guest to attend:

A Conversation with Spanish Filmmakers and Actors

3:30 - 5:30 P.M. on Friday, October 12th, 2012
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Panelists will include: Pablo Berger (Director) Blancanieves/Snow White 2012: Spain's Official Entry to the Academy Awards; Patricia Ferreira (Director) Els Nens Salvatges/The Wild Ones 2012; Ángela Molina (Actor) Blancanieves 2012; Benito Zambrano (Director) La Voz Dormida/The Sleeping Voice 2011; Co-moderated by Laura Isabel Serna (USC School of Cinematic Arts) and Julian Gutierrez-Albilla (Department of Spanish and Portuguese).


Presented in conjunction with Recent Spanish Cinema XVIII, taking place at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood from October 11th - 14th, 2012.

About the Panelists

PABLO BERGER (Director, Blancanieves/Snow White)
This Spanish director and publicist, born in Bilbao, directed his first short film, Mamá, in 1988, with Alex de la Iglesia as artistic director. He studied for a Masters’ degree at a New York University, getting his PhD and working as professor of film directing at the New York Film Academy. With a parallel career as publicist and maker of video-clips, in 2003 he made his first film, Torremolinos 73. His next and latest project, Blancanieves (“Snow White”), was made in 2012, winning the Special Jury Prize and Best Actress Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. This film has also been chosen to represent Spain for the 2013 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

PATRICIA FERREIRA (Director, Els Nens Salvatges/The Wild Ones)
Ferreira started out as a film critic, later going into directing and script-writing films for television. She had her feature film debut in 1999 as script-writer and director with the film I Know Who You Are (“Se Quién Eres”), receiving numerous Goya Award nominations, among them Best New Director. Then, in 2002, Ferreira won the Spanish Cinema Writers’ Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with the film The Impatient Alchemist (“El Alquimista Impaciente”). She also made documentaries such as En el mundo a cada rato and Señora de. In 2005, she directed Para que no me olvides, getting three Goya Award nominations. Her latest work, from 2012, is the film The Wild Children (“Els Nens Salvatges”), winner of the Best Film Award from the Malaga Film Festival.

ÁNGELA MOLINA (Actor, Blancanieves/Snow White)
Ángela Molina is an actress who comes from a family of theater actors and musicians. She is the daughter of the iconic singer and actor Antonio Molina. She studied ballet, Spanish dance and dramatic arts at the Superior School of Madrid. Her film debut was in Do Not Murder in 1974, when she was only nineteen years old, but it was in 1977 when she became very successful thanks to her main role in Luis Buñuel’s film That Obscure Object of Desire. From that moment, she began an impressive film career working with renowned directors such as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, Jaime Chavarri, Bigas Luna and Pedro Almodovar. Her talent has allowed her to work in international film productions from  France, Germany or Italy. She has had main roles in La Sabina, Demons in the Garden and Live Flesh. She has been awarded numerous awards including the David di Donatello Award (she was the first Spanish actress to receive this award), two awards at the International Film Festival of San Sebastian, Fotogramas Silver Award for Best Actress, and lifetime achievement award in the Malaga Film Festival, among many others. Ángela Molina has one of the most solid film careers in Spain. She has currently a main role in the television series Gran Reserva and her latest role in a film is in the 2012 Snow White, directed by Pablo Berger, Spain official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

BENITO ZAMBRANO (Director, La Voz Dormida/The Sleeping Voice)
Zambrano started out studying dramatic arts with the aim of becoming a director of plays for the theater, but ended up as a photographer and camera operator for television. Little by little, he felt the urge to go into filmmaking, graduating from Cuba’s Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (“International Film & TV School”). After making a number of short films, he had his feature film debut with Alone (“Solas”) in 1999, with 11 Goya nominations, winning 5 of the awards. In 2002, Zambrano made the mini series Padre Coraje. In 2004, he got 4 more Goya Award nominations with Habana Blues, made in Cuba. His last project, The Sleeping Voice (“La Voz Dormida”), a drama set in post-Civil War Spain, won 3 Goya Awards in 2012.

LAURA ISABEL SERNA (Co-Moderator) received a PhD in American Studies from Harvard University (2006). Her dissertation was honored with both the American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Prize. That work is the basis of her manuscript Making Cinelandia: American Films and Mexican Film Culture before the Golden Age, 1896-1936, which is under contract with Duke University Press.

She has published essays in The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History and the edited volumes Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the U.S. Mexico Borderlands (Duke University Press, 2009) and Convergence Media History (Routledge, 2009).

Trained as a cultural historian her primary research interests are the cultural history of cinema during the silent period (especially historical reception studies), Chicana/o and Latina/o media and culture, Silent Cinema in Mexico, and nationalism and the formation of film cultures.

She has received numerous prestigious awards in support of her research, including an Andrew W.  Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Fulbright.

JULIAN DANIEL GUTIERREZ-ALBILLA (Co-Moderator) is originally from Spain, but completed his high school at the Lycee Espagnol in Paris. He studied Art History at University College London where he was trained by Tamar Garb, Helen Weston and Briony Fer. These art historians greatly contributed to Julian Daniel's way of thinking about visual culture and critical theory. After teaching at Duke University and gaining a Masters in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California Berkeley, Julian Daniel went to the University of Cambridge to pursue a PhD in the field of Spanish and Latin American Cinema under the direction of Paul Julian Smith. He obtained his PhD in 2005 and he remains grateful to the training in Film Studies and Queer Theory that he received from his thesis director. Subsequently, he taught in the US from 2004 to 2007 before going to Newcastle University in the UK where he taught Spanish and Latin American Cinema. At Newcastle University, Julian Daniel worked very closely with colleagues in Film Studies and Latin American Studies. He remains very proud of his students in these two graduate programs. Julian Daniel has published a book on the cinema of Luis Bunuel, entitled: Queering Bunuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema, and numerous book chapters and articles in the field of Spanish and Latin American Cinema, including the cinema of Almodovar, Walter Salles or Lucrecia Martel. He is very interested in Feminist and Queer Studies and Psychoanalysis. Julian Daniel is currently working on a book on ethics, memory, and subjectivity in contemporary Spanish cinema and editing a book on women filmmakers in the Hispanic and Lusophone world and a Companion to Bunuel.

About Recent Spanish Cinema XVIII at the American Cinematheque

Since 1994, the Recent Spanish Cinema Series has been presenting the most outstanding current Spanish films. The Series is a Seventh Art showcase of Spain’s top cinema personalities, who have contributed significantly to putting "Made in Spain" productions in the vanguard of international filmmaking.

Talents like Carmen Maura, Álex de la Iglesia, Bigas Luna, Fernando Trueba, Vicente Aranda, Javier Fesser, and Fernando León de Aranoa, among others, have attended this event and left their personal stamp on the Recent Spanish Cinema Series. Each year, more long-standing celebrities as well as up-and-coming artists in Spanish cinema are adding their names to the list of participants. They tell us about their experiences in films in the Series at the Q&A sessions for the attending audiences.

The Recent Spanish Cinema Series is an initiative of the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), a branch of the Spanish Ministry of Culture devoted to preserving, fostering, and promoting the Spanish filmmaking and audiovisual sectors, with American Cinematheque, a non-profit cultural organization in the heart of Hollywood dedicated to public presentation of films of yesterday and today beyond the scope of the big, mainstream productions and EGEDA, the Spanish Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association. EGEDA’s Los Angeles branch office coordinates and works very closely with the ICAA and the AC to ensure its ongoing success year after year.

In the 1990s, American Cinematheque acquired the landmark Egyptian Theatre for the symbolic price of 1 dollar with a commitment to restore and re-open it to the public. This historic venue, built in 1922 on the renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame, serves as the setting each year for multiple projections of Spanish filmmakers. Since 2005, Spanish films have also been hosted in the Aero Theatre, a classic cinema in the coastal city of Santa Monica.

The Recent Spanish Cinema Series is a great annual opportunity in the LA-area, and a unique one for West Coast film fans, to see the USA debut of numerous top Spanish-produced films.

Visit the Official Wesbite for Recent Spanish Cinema XVIII: http://www.larecentspanishcinema.com/

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Check-In & Reservations

This panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 3:00 P.M.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located on Jefferson Blvd. across from the Shrine Auditorium (between Hoover and Figueroa). We recommend parking in Parking Structure D (PSD). Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu