We arrived unstopped at the end of the confinement and the platforms and the distributors reorganized to face the reopening of the cinemas on June 26. Although this month does not bring a large volume of novelties and premieres unpublished in Spain or movies and series with big names — the slowdown in summer is beginning to be felt — at El Confidencial we have selected ten of the most attractive proposals this spring : documentaries on football and political corruption, fictions on war, terror and fantasy and, as a gift, the most unpleasant and least complete police officer in the Spanish body.
‘The President’, by Armando Bo (Amazon Prime, June 5)
Corruption and soccer. What better way to quench your thirst for ball than with this Chilean series of eight episodes that premieres Amazon Prime and brings the FifaGate scandal back to the present day : in 2015, the FBI and the IRS arrested twenty-six charges linked to the International Soccer Federation. accused of fraud, extortion and of having collected more than 150 million dollars in bribes. Joseph Blatter, then President of FIFA, has since been disqualified from holding any football-related position for up to three years.
For whom soccer is not a very attractive subject, the quality seal that endorses this production comes from the hand of director Armando Bo, winner of the Oscar for Best Screenplay for ‘Birdman’, and Pablo Larraín – winner of the Silver Bear of Berlin for ‘The Club’— in production. Bo has taken the point of view of Sergio Jadue (Andres Parra) the president of a Chilean second division club who has just been elected president of the National Football Association and who becomes an FBI informant on all the trappings he discovers in the high and not so high spheres of the king sport.
‘Free Country’, by Christian Alvart (Filmin, June 5)
Two sisters disappear in a northern German town in 1992. A young and compliant police officer and a commissioner who has already returned from everything, from the GDR, are in charge of investigating the girls’ whereabouts. They have nothing in common. The residents of the town do not want to speak. Neither the father nor the mother want to cooperate. And little by little they discover that it is not the only case that occurred in the area. Does it ring a bell? Now change northern Germany for the Guadalquivir marshes, the year 1992 by 1980 and the GDR for Franco’s Spain. Because ‘Free Country’ is the German adaptation of Alberto Rodríguez’s ‘The Minimum Island’, which took 10 goyas in 2014. Christian Alvart’s filmIt is interesting to see how the idiosyncrasy of rural Andalusia is transferred to the cold northern Teuton.
‘Imelda Marcos. Power in the shade ‘, by Lauren Greenfield (Movistar +, June 7)
Bongbogonggong Marcos stood for election for the Philippine Vice Presidency in 2016. He narrowly lost to Leni Robredo, still in office. But in Marcos’s candidacy there was a plan beyond the current senator to touch power. Behind was the hand of her mother, Imelda, and the memory of a country of 30 years of “conjugal dictatorship” at the hands of her and her late husband, Ferdinand Marcos. The American documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield rescues the controversial character of Imelda Marcos more than three decades after the couple left power, involved in corruption scandals for having been left with millions of aid with which the United States financed the fight against communism in the Asian country.
According to ‘The Guardian’ critic Peter Bradshaw, ‘Imelda Marcos. Power in the Shadow ‘is a “superb documentary” that portrays “a monstrous, detestable and absurd queen” obsessed with founding her own dynasty, now continued “by her idiot son Bongbogonggong” under the protection of the populist and extremist Rodrigo Duterte. Imelda Marcos is more than a narcissistic shoe collector, it is proof that the Philippines —and the world— is undergoing a regressive period in which corruption and repression return as a threat in the form of a falsely innocuous celebrity.
‘Paris belongs to us’, by Jacques Rivette (June 10 on Filmin)
One of the fundamental works of the Nouvelle Vague. ‘Paris belongs to us’ (1961) is the first feature pelis online by Jacques Rivette, who had to find the money as best he could for three years – from 1958, when it started shooting, until its premiere – in order to finance the project. “Rivette’s problem when she started making ‘Paris belongs to us’ was finding enough money every Sunday to start working again on Monday. And what a job was that! A powerful river of film, thirty characters, thirty locations, night scenes and at dawn. And he did all this without a secretary, without a manager, without a car, with petty cash and at a time of year when everyone was on vacation, ” Truffaut revealed in his book ‘.
The Cahiers du Cinema film critic put together a thriller about the death of Juan, a Spanish musician exiled in Paris, whose crime begins to investigate a student (Betty Schneider). Through interviews with the musician’s surroundings, the girl will pull the thread to clarify a crime that could only be the first in a series.
Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn’s ‘Father, Soldier, Son’ (June 10 on Netflix)
This is one of the few original Netflix releases this month: a documentary directed by filmmakers Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis, selected at the last Tribeca Film Festival, which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus. The directors have followed the life of Sergeant Brian Eisch for almost a decade, the son and grandson of the military, stationed in Afghanistan. From where he comes back wounded. Throughout this soldier’s personal story, Einhorn and Davis analyze the generational impact of war and the construction of masculinity in an environment like the United States Army in the roles of father, but also son. Also the sense of duty and justice when you start to question the meaning of something to which you have dedicated most of your life.
Spike Lee’s ‘Give 5 Bloods: Blood Brothers’ (June 12 on Netflix)
After ‘Killed in the KKKlan’ – and several shorts and a series – Spike Lee returns to the feature film by Netflix, again with the racial conflict in the United States as the backdrop. On this occasion, the action takes place in Vietnam: four African-American veterans fighting in the war return to the Asian country to rescue the remains of their captain, killed in combat, his blood brother. They also return motivated by the search for a treasure that they then buried. The trip serves to see firsthand the consequences of the war, of the American presence in Vietnam, and of what that conflict caused to the local population and to themselves.