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Films at IUE in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles:

The link below provides a list of Spanish language or Spanish subtitled films in IUCAT.

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  • Al Otro Lado (To the Other Side)
    Call number: PN1997 .A4 2007
    "This is a poignant, artistic and insightful movie. It delves into the lives of three young children whose fathers have left their countries in search of work or better opportunities and in a candid way shows the pain and desolation of those left behind. It also depicts the lengths that a child will go to in order to be reunited with his/her father. Sad, but realistically beautiful!"
  • Alamar (To the Sea)
    Call number: PN1997 .A4243 2010
    "Jorge and Roberta have been separated for several years. They simply come from opposite worlds: he likes an uncomplicated life in the jungle, while she prefers a more urban existence. He is Mexican and she is Italian, and she has decided to return to Rome with their five-year-old son, Natan. But before they leave, Jorge wishes to take young Natan on a trip, hoping to teach him about his Mayan origins in Mexico. At first the boy is physically and emotionally uncomfortable with the whole affair, and gets seasick on the boat taking them to their destination. But as father and son spend more time together, Natan begins a learning experience that will remain with him forever." (product description from
  • Alatriste
    Call number: PN1997 .A427 2007
    Diego Alatriste, a former soldier and mercenary who becomes a hero of Spain's 17th century Imperial wars. 17th century imperial Spain under the reign of Philip IV, a weak and easily manipulated monarch dominated by a corrupt and intrigue-ridden court, the head of which is the influential Count-Duke Olivares. Intrigue and betrayal, duels and battles, love and hatred set the stage for the adventures of Captain Alatriste. In His Majesty's service, a proud soldier in Flanders and in times of peace, a hired sword in Madrid and Seville. He wasn't the most virtuous of men, nor the most devout, but he was a man of valour. Compelled to fulfill the final wish of his dying friend, Alatriste makes his way back to Spain to care for the man's young son Iñigo. Alatriste attempts to safeguard Iñigo both from a military career and from the Machiavellian woman he loves, the sweet and disturbing Angelica Alquézar. (editorial review from
  • Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch)
    Call number: PN1997 .L692 2001
    Amores Perros roughly translates to "Love's a bitch," and it's an apt summation of this remarkable film's exploration of passion, loss, and the fragility of our lives. In telling three stories connected by one traumatic incident, an intricate screenplay to make three movies in close orbit, expressing the notion that we are defined by what we lose--from our loves to our family, our innocence, or even our lives. These interwoven tales--about a young man in love with his brother's pregnant wife, a perfume spokeswoman and her married lover, and a scruffy vagrant who sidelines as a paid killer--are united by a devastating car crash that provides the film's narrative nexus, and by the many dogs that the characters own or care for. The film is simultaneously bleak, cynical, insightful, and compassionate, with layers of meaning that are sure to reward multiple viewings. (review by Jeff Shannon excerpted from
  • Bolivia
    Call number: PN1997 .B64 2005
    "A starkly realistic story of an illegal immigrant from Bolivia who lands a job with a greasy spoon on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Bolivia poignantly depicts the world of poverty, racism and violence that characterize his newfound reality. Much like Do the Right Thing, tempers flare as discontented working-class people barrel toward tragedy. Shot in a lyrical, neo-realistic style, this taut film is an urgent and timely drama of life in Argentina, a nation in crisis that in the last few years has reached unprecedented poverty levels with vast unemployment, bankruptcy, and a shrinking economy. A multiple prizewinner in film festivals worldwide, Bolivia suggests that an important new voice is being heard. This second feature by Adrián Caetano, one of Argentina's rising stars in its miraculously fecund movie-making community, manages to be both powerful and understated." (editorial review from
  • Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)
    Call number: PN1997 .L53 2000
    "Expect to be very hungry (and perhaps amorous) after watching this contemporary classic in the small genre of food movies that includes Babette's Feast and Big Night. Director Alfonso Arau (A Walk in the Clouds), adapting a novel by his former wife, Laura Esquivel, tells the story of a young woman (Lumi Cavazos) who learns to suppress her passions under the eye of a stern mother, but channels them into her cooking. The result is a steady stream of cuisine so delicious as to be an almost erotic experience for those lucky enough to have a bite. The film's quotient of magic realism feels a little stock, but the story line is good and Arau's affinity for the sensuality of food (and of nature) is sublime. You might want to rush off to a good Mexican restaurant afterward, but that's a good thing." (editorial review by Tom Keogh from
  • Danzon
    Call number: PN1997 .D369 2007
    "This sensual exuberant work by the gifted Mexican director Maria Novaro tells the story of Julia (Maria Rojo) a 40-year-old telephone operator and single mother whose emotional life consists only of the danzon a weekly ballroom dance. When her dancing partner disappears Julia undertakes a grueling odyssey to locate him. More importantly this search sets her on an extraordinary inner voyage. "One of the most enchanting surprises of the season" (Andrew Sarris). With Carmen Salinas Blanca Guerra and Tito Vasconcelos. In Spanish with English, French, Portuguese & Spanish subtitles." (product description from
  • Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)
    Call number: PN1997 .D527 2005
    “This film is based on diaries and letters to home written by Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a motorcycle and foot tour of a significant portion of South America during the early 1950s, years before Guevara achieved international renown as a Communist and Latino revolutionary. Thus, the film functions as an attempt to get at the heart of the person who preceded the myth. The film is therefore difficult to judge as pure cinema. Is this, on its own merits, a great film? Or is it a great film about Che Guevara?” (review by Robert Moore excerpted from
  • Dos Vatos, Mexico
    Call number: F1321 .D6 2010
    A collection of short films celebrating the beauty and mystery of Oaxaca, Mexico. (
  • El Bola (Pellet)
    Call number: PN1997.B653 C45 2005
    Pablo is a 12-year old boy raised in an unforgiving environment. Hurt by the brutality of his family life, he isolates himself from his classmates, engaging them only through a dangerous game. The arrival of a new pupil, with whom he learns to be friends, leads to the discovery of a family where love and warmth prevail over violence. Told through both the children's and adults' points of view, the film carefully juxtaposes the lives of a caring father unable to connect with his willful son, and that of distant Pablo and his abusive father who is incapable of giving him the love he needs, replacing it with something far more sinister. (synopsis from
  • El coronel no tiene quien le escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel)
    Call number: PN1997 .N628 2003
    The Colonel waits. They promised him a pension which for years has remained a promise unfulfilled. Friday after Friday solemn and dressed in his finest suit the Colonel waits by the dock in anticipation of the letter announcing the arrival of his pension. Everyone in the small town knows that he waits in vain. He knows it too. Every Friday his wife watches him at the mirror dressing and preparing to pick up the letter that for years has eluded him. But the Colonel eyes closed to the all too evident truth stands by his dream for if not what else remains for him? There is hunger in the Colonel's house. His wife is a sack of bones consumed by asthma and the Colonel lives ashamed of his poverty with the shame befitting a decent man. As his needs become more one writes to the Colonel. (editorial review from
  • El hijo de la novia (Son of the Bride)
    Call number: PN1997 .S662 2002
    "This magnificent Argentinean film centers on Rafael (Ricardo Darín), a restaurateur whose life is becoming a knot of stress and failing relationships. When his father, Nino (Héctor Alterio), decides that after 44 years of marriage he wants to give his wife, Norma (Norma Aleandro), the church wedding she always wanted, Rafael scoffs; Norma has advanced Alzheimer's and doesn't recognize where she is or who's around her. After Rafael has a heart attack, he realizes he has to change his life--but when he makes changes, he discovers how much of his life he'd been taking for granted, and that he may have cast aside the very things he seeks. Son of the Bride is smartly and richly written, directed with generosity and precision, and full of astonishingly full performances. The story's full of clever touches, but it never lets cleverness overwhelm humanity. Simply a superb movie." (editorial review by Bret Fetzer from
  • El laberinto del fauno (Pan's labyrinth)
    Call number: PN1997 .P367 2007
    Following a bloody civil war, young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother. But soon, the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and before Ofelia can turn back, she finds herself at the center of a ferocious battle between good and evil. (product description from
  • El orfanato (The Orphanage)
    Call number: PN1997.O87 T77 2008
    Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (director of Pan's Labyrinth) presents The Orphanage, a chilling ghost story about a woman who discovers dark and horrific secrets hidden within her cherished childhood home and her desperate attempt to rescue her family from the nightmare into which she unwittingly led them. (product description from
  • El Portero (The Goalkeeper)
    Call number: PN1997 .G5135 2000
    In a time of violence and political struggle, a stranger arrives in a small village of Asturias. He is Ramiro Forteza (Carmelo Gómez), a goalkeeper in the Premiere league who has been reduced from playing in stadiums to demonstrating his talent in small villages. There he meets the beautiful Manuela, (Maribel Verdú, Y Tu Mama También, Belle Epoque) a single mother and her son, Tito (Adrián Ramírez). While Forteza, Tito and Manuela embark on a relationship together, they are met with challenges and objections from residents of the village. A decisive challenge on the seashore will ultimately determine the fate of Manuela and Forteza’s future. (editorial review from
  • El Secreto de Sus Ojos (The secret in their eyes)
    Call number: PN1997 .S4324 2010
    Recently retired criminal court investigator Benjamin (Ricardo Darin), decides to write a novel based on a twenty-five year old unresolved rape and murder case, which still haunts him. Sharing his plans with Irene (Soledad Villamil), the beautiful judge and former colleague he has secretly been in love with for years, Benjamin’s initial involvement with the case is shown through flashbacks, as he sets out to identify the murderer. But Benjamin’s search for the truth will put him at the center of a judicial nightmare, as the mystery of the heinous crime continues to unfold in the present, testing the limits of a man seeking justice and personal fulfillment at last. (product description from
  • El Ultimo Tren (The Last Train)
    Call number: PN1997 .L378 2003
    This tragicomedy is about the history of two workers of the trains, a professor and a little child that decide to stole an old train that has been sold to USA for a movie production. With the machine they travel across the country (Uruguay) trying to escape to Brazil. In this trip they find really nice people that will help them to finish their mission. (synopsis from
  • Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry & Chocolate)
    Call number: PN1997 .S779 2003
    A man finds that friendship and understanding can span many boundaries -- age, politics, and gender preference among them -- in this comedy-drama from Cuba. David is a student and ardent Communist whose personal life is in something of a slump. One day, David stops by the park where he meets Diego; David is convinced that Diego must be a homosexual. David is less than impressed with Diego's open criticism of Castro's regime, but he accepts an invitation to visit Diego's apartment due to the knowledge that Diego's flat houses such forbidden pleasures as Time Magazine, American record albums, and Johnny Walker Red scotch. David's friend Miguel is convinced that Diego is a dangerous dissident and urges David to spy on him and pass along his findings to the government. But the more time David spends with Diego, the more he finds that he's intrigued by this very different man.(product description excerpted from
  • Frida
    Call number: PN1997 .F753 2003
    Salma Hayek makes up for many bad movies with her fierce performance in this sumptuous film. Hayek plays the Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, whose tempestuous life with her unfaithful husband, muralist Diego Rivera drives the story of Frida. Maverick director Julie Taymor pulls out a wealth of gorgeous visuals to capture everything from the horrific bus accident that damaged Kahlo's spine to her and Rivera's trip to New York City, where Rivera's political leanings ruptured a commission from the Rockefeller family. Though the script spends too much time telling us how great Frida's painting is (rather than trusting in the power of the images themselves), Taymor's dynamic energy and Kahlo's forceful personality give Frida genuine emotional impact. The superb cast includes Roger Rees, Valeria Golino, Ashley Judd, Geoffrey Rush, Antonio Banderas, and Edward Norton. (editorial review by Bret Fetzer from
  • Hable con ella (Talk to her)
    Call number: PN1997 .T355 2003
    Writer-director Pedro Almodóvar makes another masterpiece with Talk to Her, his first film since the wonderful All About My Mother. Marco (Dario Grandinetti) is in love with Lydia (Rosario Flores), a female bullfighter who is gored by a bull and sent into a coma. In the hospital, Marco crosses paths with Benigno (Javier Camara), a male nurse who looks after another coma patient, a young dancer named Alicia (Leonor Watling). From Benigno's gentle attentiveness to Alicia, Marco learns to take care of Lydia... but from there, the story goes in directions that deftly manage to be sad, hopeful, funny, and creepy, sometimes at the same time. The rich human empathy of Almodóvar's recent films is passionate, heartbreaking, intoxicating--there aren't enough adjectives to praise this remarkable filmmaker, who is at the height of his powers. Talk to Her is superb, with outstanding performances from all involved. (editorial review by Bret Fetzer from
  • Historias de futbol (Soccer Stories)
    Call number: GV943 .S63347 2006
    Three stories about football, one of the most important twentieth-century rituals. A third division player from Santiago de Chile is bribed, but does not realise that his behaviour betrays more than the loyalty of his team-mates. A boy from Calama, Chile wins the local derby pichanga, a soccer match that can last all afternoon, but he loses the few pesos he acquired by pawning his mother's last possessions. Francisco, a boy from the city, is stuck in a remote corner of the southern island of Chiloé on the day that Chile has to play its qualifying match for the World Cup. The only TV is in the house of the Serón sisters. While the local male population gathers to watch the match, the sisters decide which of them will initiate the young Francisco into love. (plot summary by Dennis Jansen from
  • La Edad de la peseta (The Silly Age)
    Call number: PN1997 .S5559 2008
    "A drama about grandmother-grandson relationships."
  • La Mala Educacion (Bad Education)
    Call number: PN1997 .M343 2005
    In the early 60s, two boys - Ignacio and Enrique - discover love, movies and fear in a Christian school. Father Manolo, the school principal and Literature teacher, both witnesses and takes part in these discoveries. The three characters come against one another twice again, in the late 70s and in 1980. These meetings are set to change the life and death of some of them.(story line from
  • La misma luna (Under the same moon)
    Call number: PN1997.U35 M57 2008
    "Under the Same Moon puts a human face--several very appealing faces--on the dilemma of Mexican "illegals" living and working clandestinely in the United States and the loved ones back home they're supporting. Rosario, a young single parent, left her village four years ago and jumped the border to find work in Los Angeles; ever since, she and son Carlitos, now nine, haven't seen each other, but she faithfully calls him from the same street-corner pay phone every Sunday morning. When Rosario's mother--the boy's guardian--dies in her sleep, Carlitos taps into an impressive reservoir of street smarts and contrives his own border crossing. The border is just the first of many obstacles to a mother-and-child reunion--not least the fact that the only address the boy has for Rosario is a mental image of the corner she always phones from." (
  • Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly)
    Call number: PN1997 .B988 2000
    For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age. Written by

  • Libertarias-Juegos de guerra (Freedom Fighters)
    Call number: PN1997 .J84 2007
    At the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the nun Maria is forced to flee her convent. She takes refuge in a brothel, until it is liberated by a woman's anarchist group. Maria joins the group and eventually goes to the front. The women's group faces the problems of fighting not only the nationalists, but also factions on the left seeking to impose a more traditional military structure. (
  • Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces)
    Call number: PN1997 .A35 2010
    Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.(

  • Maldeamores (Lovesickness)
    Call number: PN1997.L857 M35 2008
    A three-part look at the ironies of love, with stories that involve a young boy, a hostage situation, and a divorced elderly couple caught in a love triangle.(

  • Mar adentro (The Sea Inside)
    Call number: PN1997 .S374 2005
    "Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004, The Sea Inside is a life-affirming film about a man who wishes to die." (
  • Maria full of Grace
    Call number: PN1997 .M375 2004
    A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.(

  • Mi mejor enemigo (My Best Enemy: Patagonia 1978)
    Call number: PN1997.M5 2006
    During the almost war between Chile and Argentina during the 70's, a Chilean patrol is lost in the limit whit Argentina. Soon they find that an Argentinean patrol is near them in the same situation, so the enemies soon start to act more friendly between them. (
  • Mujeres al borde un ataque de "nervios" (Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
    Call number: PN1997 .M83 2001
    A woman's lover leaves her, and she tries to contact him to find out why he's left. She confronts his wife and son, who are as clueless as she. Meanwhile her girlfriend is afraid the police are looking for her because of her boyfriend's criminal activities. They talk to a female lawyer, who turns out to be the lover's new lover, and everyone's path keeps crossing each other's in a very complicated and confusing manner. (
  • Nueve Reinas (Nine queens)
    Call number: PN1997 .N84 2002
    Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").(

  • Precious Knowledge
    Call number: GN307.U6 P73 2011
    Disenfranchised high school seniors become academic warriors and community leaders in Tucson, Arizona's embattled Ethnic Studies classes while state lawmakers attempt to eliminate the program.(

  • Punto y Raya (Step forward or Dot and Line)
    Call number: PN1997 .P8686 2006
    "Punto y raya" is the story of a young Colombian recruit who, while patrolling his country's border, is befriended by a Venezuelan adversary, and the tragic consequences of their relationship. (

  • Quien Diablos es Juliette (Who the Hell is Juliette)
    Call number: PN1997 .Q5 1997
    Cinematographer Carlos Macovich met Yuliet Ortega, a young "jinetera" (prostitute) from Havana, when he shot a video in Cuba, starring model Fabiola Quiroz. When he realized that the two women had not seen their respective fathers for many years, he made this documentary, which is also a reflection on the process of filmmaking.(
  • Quinceañera
    Call number: PN1997.M49 Q56 2006
    Both Spanish and English spoken
    As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.(

  • Reinas (Queens)
    Call number: PN1997 .Q4467 2006
    Five mothers cope with the drama that surrounds their gay sons at a mass wedding.(

  • Silencio Roto (Broken Silence)
    Call number: PN1997 .S5543 2004
    Winter, 1944. Lucía at 21 returns to her small village in the mountains. She again meets Manuel, a young iron-smith who helps "those in the mountain", the "maquis", the anti-Franco resistance. Lucía is attracted to Manual, because of his smile and the bravery of those men who continue fighting for their ideas, even at the cost of their own lives. When Manuel is pursued (by Franco's Civil Guard) he flees to the mountain and Lucía discovers the reality of political repression, the silence, the horror and fear.
  • Sin nombre
    Call number: PN1997 .S56 2009
    Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. (
  • Taxi para 3 (Taxi for three)
    Call number: PN1997 .T394 2003
    Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. (
  • Te doy mis ojos (Take my eyes)
    Call number: PN1997 .T354 2006
    One winter night, Pilar runs away from home. With her, she takes only a few belongings and her son, Juan. Antonio soon sets out to look for her. He says Pilar is his sunshine, and what's more, "She gave him her eyes"...(
  • Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother)
    Call number: PN1997 .A44 2005
    Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.

  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
    Call number: PN1997 .V472 2008
    Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.(

  • Viva Cuba
    Call number: PN1997.F67 V583 2007
    In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences. Malu is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her to play with Jorgito, as she thinks his background coarse and commonplace. Jorgito's mother is a poor socialist that is proud of her family's social standing. She places similar restriction on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito. When the children learn that Malu's mother is planning to leave Cuba, they decide to travel to the other side of the island to find Malu's father and persuade him against signing the forms that would allow it. (
  • Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices)
    Call number: PN1997 .V6347 2007
    A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.(

  • Volver
    Call number: PN1997 .V658 2007
    After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life.(

  • XXY
    Call number: PN1997 .X99 2008
    This is the dramatic story of a intersexed 15-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.(

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