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The Queen of Spain (La reina de España)

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

This sly film takes place during dictator Franco’s rule and has great fun sending him up, while also directing its satire at Hollywood’s Golden Age. Eighteen years after fleeing fascist Spain, Spanish film actress Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) becomes a major Hollywood star. She returns to Spain to play Isabella I of Castille, surrounded by showbiz hype. Invited by Franco himself, an American studio is collaborating with the Spanish industry and it’s this set where Queen Of Spain takes place almost entirely. Granada winds up a participant in a plot to spring ex-lover Blas Fontiveros (Antonio Resines) from government custody and get him out of the country. ~VIFF

In Spanish and English with English subtitles

“Cruz carries the film. She has a ridiculous kind of heroism, and her disguises are hilarious…”—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

  • Directed by Fernando Trueba
  • 2016, Spain
  • 128 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
The Queen of Spain (La reina de España)

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