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J: Beyond Flamenco

CARLOS SAURA
Spain, 2016
87 minutes, Color
Official website

In his latest film, prolific filmmaker Carlos Saura captures the vivacity and charisma of the traditional Spanish jota, a waltz-like castanet dance. J: Beyond Flamenco begins with a dance class showing young performers, from diverse walks of contemporary Spanish life, kicking and jumping with highly coordinated agility. Saura then guides us through the many variations of the jota, placing dancers, musicians, and singers amid simply constructed sets and screens. Highlights include an elderly couple who move with energy and grace, introductions to modern versions of the jota, and a town fair. The fair is an annual tradition in every Spanish village; here, young and old gather to dance, and we are witness to the jota as a living and breathing tradition. Saura's cinematic efforts are both an expression of cultural beauty as well as an act of cultural preservation.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Spanish with English subtitles

RHYTHMS ON & OFF THE SCREEN

J: Beyond Flamenco

CARLOS SAURA
Spain, 2016
87 minutes, Color
Official website

In his latest film, prolific filmmaker Carlos Saura captures the vivacity and charisma of the traditional Spanish jota, a waltz-like castanet dance. J: Beyond Flamenco begins with a dance class showing young performers, from diverse walks of contemporary Spanish life, kicking and jumping with highly coordinated agility. Saura then guides us through the many variations of the jota, placing dancers, musicians, and singers amid simply constructed sets and screens. Highlights include an elderly couple who move with energy and grace, introductions to modern versions of the jota, and a town fair. The fair is an annual tradition in every Spanish village; here, young and old gather to dance, and we are witness to the jota as a living and breathing tradition. Saura's cinematic efforts are both an expression of cultural beauty as well as an act of cultural preservation.—Toronto International Film Festival

In Spanish with English subtitles


Wednesday, April 26
6:30 PM
- $14.00 at the theater
Saturday, April 29
7:15 PM
- $14.00 at the theater

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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