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Hispanic Month 2015
Date: 17-31 March 2015 
Spanish Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Hispanic Month 2015 

Film Festival (Theme: Film Noir)

Grupo 7 (Unit 7)
Spain, 2012; Director: Alberto Rodríguez

Day: March 17th (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Room 4.34 (4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower)

This film is not recommended for under 18s

UNIT 7 has a tough assignment: to clean the most dangerous drug trafficking networks out of Seville in preparation for the 1992 World Expo, and bring an end to the corrosive power that has taken hold of the streets. A detail of four, the unit is led by Ángel (Mario Casas), a young officer aspiring to become a detective inspector, and Rafael (Antonio de la Torre), a violent, arrogant yet efficient cop. But UNIT 7’s modus operandi is slipping outside the bounds of the law through their use of violence, coercion, lies and half-truths. For them, anything goes.
As they gain ground in their mission, the two officers head in opposite directions. Angel takes the path of ambition and police excesses while Rafael will begin to change as a result of his feelings for beautiful, enigmatic Lucia.

Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens)
Argentina, 2000; Director: Fabián Bielinsky

Day: March 25th (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: LG.34 (Lower Ground Floor, Centennial Campus)

Nine Queens is a movie about con artists. Marcos finds Juan at a gas station using childish "tricks" to cheat the cashier and decides to help him out of the situation and make him his protégé. Juan is trying to raise $50,000 to get his dad out of jail by paying off a judge. That same day, the deal of a lifetime comes along in the form of a famous set of stamps known as the Nine Queens. They find out about a rich stamp collector, Vidal Gandolfo, who will soon be leaving the country and won't have time to check their authenticity so they decide to make a fake set and sell it to him. The fake ones get ruined so they have to purchase the real stamps for $250,000, of which $50,000 is Juan's money and the remaining sum is Marcos'. The deal goes down at a hotel where Marcos' sister, Valerie, works. Vidal wants her to deliver them and also sleep with him. The film is full of plot twists, with both con men having the upper hand at different times and trying to cheat one another. In the end, who will take the money and win the game?

Perder es cuestión de método (The Art of Losing)
Colombia, 2004; Director: Sergio Cabrera

Day: March 30th (Monday)
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Room 4.34 (4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower)

This film is not recommended for under 18s

One morning, the police discover a horrendous crime: an impaled body on the shores of a beautiful lake near Bogotá. To solve the case, Victor Silampa, a journalist, and his occasional partner, office worker Emir Estupiñán, will have to immerse themselves in a macabre but also human and fun story. With the help of Quica, a young prostitute, and in exchange for some favours for the Colonel in charge of the case, our protagonists manage to get to the bottom of a gigantic plot revolving around real estate speculation. Corrupt politicians and businessmen, prostitutes, emerald dealers, nudists and journalists of various kinds complete the mosaic of characters in this film whose backdrop is the city of Bogotá.

Spanish guitar recital by Bernard Yim, HKU graduate and Spanish programme alumnus

Day: March 20th (Friday)
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: CPD3.28 (3/F, Jockey Club Tower)

It takes two to TANGO: a tango dance workshop with Spanish food and drinks

Participants in the workshop will have the chance to enter into a lucky draw

Day: March 31st (Tuesday)
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm
Venue: Global Lounge (Main Campus)

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