Volver - Food on Film Opening Night
30 Jan 2014 - 7:00pm
Viva Espana! The Iona Gallery is hosting the opening night with a Spanish theme. Penelope Cruz will be starring in the film “Volver” showing on their huge new screen at 7pm. Tapas and sangria will be served to the sound of spanish guitar and an exhibition of Spanish inspired art will be on show for the entire festival. The gallery on Duke Street will be open from 6.30pm for our very own Fiesta. If you come along in Spanish costume you will be given a free glass of sangria. Enjoy the first exciting event of the weekend – Spanish style.
“If there were an Oscar for best use of food in a film, Pedro Almodóvar’s “Volver” would surely win,” said Beverly Levitt of the Boston Globe. Penelope Cruz, plays Raimunda, a resilient young mother with no luck but enough culinary talent to turn adversity into accomplishment.
Three generations of women survive the east wind, fire, insanity, superstition and even death by means of goodness, lies and boundless vitality.They are Raimunda (Pénelope Cruz) who is married to an unemployed labourer and has a teenage daughter (Yohana Cobo); Sole (Lola Dueñas), her sister, who makes a living as a hairdresser; and the mother of both (Carmen Maura), who died in a fire along with her husband. This character appears first to her sister (Chus Lampreave) and then to Sole, although the people with whom she has some unresolved matters are Raimunda and her neighbour in the village, Agustina (Blanca Portillo).
Volver is not a surrealistic comedy although it may seem so at times. The living and the dead coexist without any discord, causing situations that are either hilarious or filled with a deep, genuine emotion. It’s a film about the culture of death La Mancha. The people there practice it with an admirable naturalness. The way in which the dead continue to be present in their lives, the richness and humanity of their rites mean that the dead never die. Volver destroys all the clichés about “black” Spain and offers a Spain that is as real as it is the opposite. A Spain that is bright, spontaneous, funny, intrepid, supportive and fair.
121 min - Comedy | Crime | Drama – 2006 - TICKET £6 includes tapas
Director and Writer: Pedro Almodóvar