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Film: Pioneras: Mujeres de Vanguardia/Pioneers: Women of the Avant-Garde, El crimen de Cuenca

March 16, 2021

12 pm (MST)
Available for 48 hours

Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel HERE

Pilar Miró’s El crimen de Cuenca is an unsparing depiction of real events that took place in 1913 in the Spanish province of Cuenca.  When a shepherd mysteriously disappears, his companions, believed to be responsible for his murder, confess to the crime under torture and are condemned to prison, serving 11 years of an 18-year sentence.  After they are released, the man they supposedly killed turns up alive. The film was initially banned in Spain and the director brought before the military courts; when it was allowed to be shown in 1981, it became the highest-grossing Spanish film in the country up to that time.

1979; Spanish with English subtitles; 92 minutes; Rated R (18+)

Free community event

In February, the Pioneras series featured on-line talks highlighting the work of women who have paved the way in investigating new artistic languages in disciplines such as electronic music, video creation, or photography. This programming is now complemented by “Pioneers of Spanish Cinema,” an on-line exhibition of films made from the 1950s through the early 1980s.

Pioneras Film Schedule:
March 9: Segundo López, aventurero urbano (Ana Mariscal, 1953)
March 12: La gata (Margarita Alexandre & Rafael Torrecilla, 1956)
March 16: El crimen de Cuenca (Pilar Miró, 1979)
March 19: Función de noche (Josefina Molina, 1981)
March 23: Después de… No se os puede dejar solos (Cecilia & José Juan Bartolomé, 1981)
March 26: Despuús de… Atado y bien atado (Cecilia & José Juan Bartolomé, 1981)

The series is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council.


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