“Ainhoa Rodriguez deliciously dark and delightfully observed feature that unfolds with a cast of non-pros on the widescreen and in intimate – often voyeuristic – closeup. Serving as an ethnographic portrait of this remote community and an amusing story of country folk and their women’s sexual frustrations spiced up with magic realist touches.” — Meredith Taylor, Filmuforia
Free and open to the public. (Masking required.) More Info
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center 2020 Campus Drive Durham,
Free Film Screening:
Destello Bravío (‘Mighty Flash’) (Ainhoa Rodríguez, 2021, 98 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, Color, DCP)
In the hinterlands of southwestern Spain, an old-world, patriarchal society is being transformed by strange desires in Ainhoa Rodriguez’s striking feature film debut. Where the village’s male inhabitants seem content to get drunk, gossip stupidly, and mumble into the karaoke machine, the women are telling each other fantastic stories, crossing lakes to visit islands with supernatural moons, and transforming supper club soirées into orgiastic releases. Rodriguez casts the film with older and non-professional actors from her birthplace, the rural Extremadura region of Spain. Rigorously composed long takes and a stellar sound design underscore the ways in which these characters’ uncanny dream worlds compensate for lives only half-lived.
Screen/Society screenings are free and open to the public. (COVID-19 Info)