Spanish Cinema has enjoyed a good deal of popularity abroad every once in a while, be it Spanish films, or English-spoken features produced in Spain (like The Others). Local names like Pedro Almodóvar, Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem are quite well known outside Iberia. As you can probably guess, the industry is quite popular here, and that’s why last year a Walk of Fame, inspired by the one in Hollywood, was unveiled in Madrid, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. The four celebrities I already mentioned are among the 25 stars in the “opening class”.
The Walk’s located in a strategic position: right next to some of Madrid’s most famous cinemas, Golem, Renoir Princesa, Renoir Plaza de España, and Princesa. These theaters present the most diverse film offering in the city, with plenty of non-Hollywood movies, be them from other countries, or produced by indie companies. All of them, of course, in their original version, with subtitles. I’ve been there with friends from my former French-language school, precisely to watch films en Français. Every time I’ve been around, I’ve been surprised by the movies being shown: there’s usually at least one Japanese movie, and I’ve seen a few from several Nordic countries as well, besides plenty of documentaries.
The downside? If you don’t understand Spanish well, you might not be tempted to watch any movie unless it’s produced in a language that you do speak, as obviously all subtitles are in Spanish.
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