Art & Culture Reviews

The Playhouse Theatre is now hosting a boisterous adaptation of Almodóvar's film: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Complete with its own musical score, this impression of Madrid in the 1980s becomes surprisingly convincing in a 1882 building. Flashes of neon pink, green and blue flood the stage to announce the local colour.
A new book shows how Latin America is shaping China’s foreign policy, but ignores China’s impact on the environment and people of the region itself
The feature debut from the Colombian director Franco Lolli, Gente de Bien is a sensitive, unsettling and realistic piece of social reflexion. It narrates a parent-child relationship against the backdrop of Colombia’s wealth gap, but above all, according to Lolli,“a very personal film, a process of psycho-analytical therapy."
Historias de Lavapiés is Ramón Luque’s third release which opened this year’s London Spanish Film Festival. It is a truthful, beautiful snapshot into Spain’s multicultural society and continuing economic difficulty. Few films honestly reflect the small incidents of everyday life in such a poignant way.
After its successful UK tour, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's weirdly popular journey into the heart of Argentine history returns to the West End. With 55 new performances, the epic bio-musical that dissects the character of South America’s most famous First Lady, dislodges the 12 year-old We Will Rock You, in a recently refurbished Dominion Theatre.
The myth of Don Juan is well-known. Though it found its origins in literature over four centuries ago, the idea has come into popular culture and evolved to fit the typically modern term of ‘womanizer’. Yes, Don Juan is a libertine, a heartbreaker – just as Casanova is known as one of the most famous lovers in Italian history, Don Juan is Spain’s very own lady-killer.
The latest film by Argentine director Lucia Puenzo in which themes of adolescent attraction and the place of beauty, uniqueness, difference, and normalisation serve as a bridge between past and present, set in the ever fascinating context of Nazi war criminals in Argentina.
Gripping and aesthetically beautiful, but always honest and uncompromising – The Golden Dream is an unusual and impactful depiction of US immigration. Starring: Karen Martínez, Brandon López, Carlos Chajon, Rodolfo Domínguez
Ana Ryle spent a weekend at Amnesty UK’s first football film festival at Hackney Picturehouse. It aimed to bring together the worlds of football and human rights. Four of the thought-provoking films shown - Looking for Rio, Railroad Allstars, Goals for Girls and The Children of Habana - were in Portuguese or Spanish.
Keeping viewers on the edge of their seats, from the very first scene in which a bound-and-gagged man is carried to the top of an overpass and hung for all to see, his acclaimed third film by self-taught director from Guanajuato, Amat Escalante, has been the talk of the film town since its screening at Cannes in 2013.

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