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Luis García Berlanga Centennial

Nov. 6–23, 2021
Series co-presented by AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture.

Few filmmakers have captured Spanish society as accurately as Luis García Berlanga (1921–2010). From the provincial town seen in WELCOME MR. MARSHALL! to the frontline of the Spanish Civil War in THE HEIFER to the literal gallows humor of THE EXECUTIONER, Berlanga deftly skewered his country's mores and singled out its hypocrisies across a number of brilliant comedies that spanned his 50-year career. Though persecuted by Spanish censors early on — famously, Franco himself decried the director as a "bad Spaniard" — Berlanga became a harbinger for changing times. In his later career, he served as president of the Filmoteca Española (1978–1982) and was instrumental in founding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain.

On the occasion of Luis García Berlanga's centennial, AFI Silver presents a retrospective of the filmmaker's work that includes a fascinating student film, his celebrated debut feature, some of his most beloved movies and a late-career box office smash — all which exemplify his mastery of cinema as an art form.


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