Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dr. Salvatore Poeta Organizes Film Series dedicated to Federico García Lorca

As a prelude to the Opera Ainadamar, on Federico García Lorca´s brutal assassination at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, which will take place at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, February 7-16, 2014, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures will host two Special Film presentations on Lorca's Mariana Pineda and The Disappearance of García Lorca. The film presentations will take place in Villanova´s Cinema and Driscoll Hall on Wednesday, January 29, and Friday, January 31, 2014.

 For more information, see below.

Mariana Pineda
Mariana Pineda was a heroine of the liberal cause in 19th Century Spain, whose short and turbulent life came to an abrupt end when she was hanged for embroidering a revolutionary flag. Her story was immortalized in a traditional folk ballad, which inspired Federico García Lorca to pen his well-known play depicting her life story. The Cádiz-born bailaora Sara Baras takes Federico García Lorca´s play to the territory of flamenco dance, under the direction of Lluis Pasqual and original music by the renowned flamenco guitarrist Manolo Sanlúcar.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CINEMA                      2:30-4:30 pm
DRISCOLL HALL       7:00-9:30 pm

The Disappearance of García Lorca
Federico García Lorca now stands as one of Spain’s greatest icons. But in 1936, he found himself standing in front of the firing squad at Ainadamar (“fountain of tears” in Arabic)—quite literally caught in the middle of the Spanish Civil War.  The Disappearance of García Lorca (1997) is a drama-biographical film directed by Marcos Zurinaga, based on a book by Ian Gibson, about the life and murder of the Spanish poet.  It stars Andy García, as Lorca, Edward James Olmos, and Esai Morales, as a journalist who investigates Lorca’s disappearance during the early years of the Spanish Civil War.

Friday,  January  31, 2014
CINEMA                                   2:00-5:30 pm
DRISCOLL HALL                  8:00-10:30 pm

Juan Ramón Jiménez Brought Back to "Life"

This March, the long-anticipated autobiography of Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, co-edited by Dr. Mercedes Juliá, Chair of Romance Languages, and María Ángeles Sanz, will be published for the time. For more information, see here.