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Museum serves up Spanish evening of Food & Film
Museum serves up Spanish evening of Food & Film

Information courtesy: Honolulu Museum of Art

MUSEUM SERVES UP SPANISH EVENING OF FABULOUS FOOD AND FLAMENCO FILM

Includes EAT Catering and Café dinner,  performance by Jeff Peterson, live Flamenco dance, and screening of Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Flamenco

WHAT: Flamenco, Flamenco, dinner and a movie, part of the ¡Vamos al cine! Latino Film Series May 1-8,2012
WHEN: Saturday May 5; reception/dinner: 6-7:30 p.m., screening: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre

TICKETS: Dinner and a movie $45, $40 museum members (includes buffet dinner, music and dance performances and entry to the film screening). Limited number of tickets for the 7:30 p.m. screening will be available for purchase at the door starting at 7 p.m.; $12, $10 museum members. Regular screenings during the series: $10, $8

INFO: 532-8700, www.honolulumuseum.org

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—The Honolulu Museum of Art will hold a spectacular evening of music, dance and film on May 5. The evening highlights the celebrated Spanish tradition of Flamenco—the subject of Spanish filmmaker Carlo Saura’s new documentary Flamenco, Flamenco.

A follow up to his 1995 film Flamenco, the film is a painterly, masterful look at flamenco today, featuring well-established figures such as Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, as well as a new generation of dancers and musicians. Saura has often been credited with fuelling a global flamenco renaissance of flamenco through his impassioned filmmaking.

Gina Caruso, director the Doris Duke Theatre, has been trying for more than a year to bring Saura’s film to Honolulu, with the support of local flamenco dancers and enthusiasts, including Marquis Johnson, a 21-year-old University of Hawai‘i undergraduate, who have an all-consuming passion for Spanish culture and flamenco.

“There is a strong flamenco community in Honolulu and their enthusiasm is infectious,” says Caruso. “They have been waiting for two years to see this film in Honolulu, and we are delighted to finally have the chance to share it here at the museum. You can’t watch this film without being profoundly moved by the power of flamenco traditions.”

The reception on May 5 will feature a Latin-inspired buffet dinner by EAT Catering + Café, a live flamenco performance, and Spanish wine from Whole Foods for purchase. As a special added treat, Jeff Peterson will play Spanish guitar during the reception.

The dinner and screening on May 5 is part of ¡Vamos al cine! a series spotlighting three new films from Argentina, Mexico and Spain. The series begins on May 1 with the award-winning Argentinean comedy The Man Next Door (El Hombre de al lado).

¡Vamos al cine! Latino Film Series schedule:

The Man Next Door / El Hombre de al lado
Directed by Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat. Argentina, 2010, 109 mins., Spanish with English subtitles. Hawai‘i premiere
May 1-3 at 1 + 7:30 p.m.
A smug designer in a one-of-a-kind Le Corbusier home has to deal with his crass neighbor's new construction project in this dark comedy about architecture, class, and urban living. Winner: World Cinema Cinematography Award, Sundance Film Festival
See the trailer.

A Stone’s Throw / A Tiro de Piedra
Directed by Sebastian Hiriart, Mexico, 2010, 97 mins., Spanish with English subtitles. Hawai‘i premiere
May 4 + 8 at 1 + 7:30p.m.; May 6 at 1, 4 + 7:30p.m.
Jacinto Medina, 21, is bored with life as a shepherd in northern Mexico. When he finds a keychain, he sees it as a sign and embarks on a trip across hundreds of miles to follow his dreams. Official Selection: San Sebastian International Film Festival. Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best script, Mexico City International Film Festival
See the trailer.

Flamenco, Flamenco
Directed by Carlos Saura. Spain, 2010, 101 mins., Spanish with English subtitles
May 5 at 1pm + 7:30p.m.
A painterly, masterful look at flamenco today, filmed at the Seville Expo '92 pavilion with sets featuring replicas of great flamenco portraits ranging through history from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, Saura's latest documentary features well-established figures such as Paco de Lucia and Tomatito, as well as a new generation of dancers and musicians.
See the trailer.

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