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Living is Easy With Eyes Closed

Vivir es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados

Spain | 2013 | 108 minutes | David Trueba

It’s 1966 and Antonio is using Beatles’ songs to teach English. When he learns that John Lennon is filming in Almería he rushes to meet his idol, with two young misfits along for the ride, in this captivatingly lyrical road movie. Best Film, Best Director, 2014 Goya Awards.

May 17, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 22, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 23, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Spain, 1966: Antonio (Javier Cámara, I’m So Excited!) is a teacher and a Beatles fan—passions he combines by getting his pupils to recite the lyrics from “Help!” in English class. When he learns that his idol John Lennon is making a film in Almería he resolves to meet him. On the journey he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem, a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo, a boy escaping his dictatorial father. Taking its title from Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Living evokes the spirit and mood of the ’60s in its lively review of a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. In Antonio’s madcap road trip, new opportunity seems on the horizon. David Trueba (Madrid, 1987) has transformed this historical footnote, a true story, into an endearing and hopeful dramedy.

Director Biography

Born in 1969 in Madrid, David Trueba, brother of director Fernando Trueba, is a journalist, writer, screenwriter and director. His first feature, La Buena Vida, was awarded by the Best New Director and Best Scenario at the 1997 Goya Awards. His latest and 7th feature was also a hit a the 2014 Goya Awards.

Sponsored by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, The Tourist Office of Spain, Dragados USA, Bellevue Club

Director: David Trueba
Principal Cast: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Running Time: 108 minutes
Producer: Fernando Trueba
Screenplay: David Trueba
Cinematographers: Daniel Vilar
Editors: Marta Velasco
Music: Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Palm Springs Film Festival 2014 (Cine Latino Award); Goya Awards 2014 (Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Actress, Score); Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2014 (Best Film, Original Screenplay, New Actress)
Filmography: Madrid, 1987 (2011); La Silla de Fernando (Doc, 2006); Welcome Home (2006); Hay Motivo (2004); Soldiers of Salamina (2003); Masterpiece (2000); The Good Life (1996)
Language: Spanish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Outsider Pictures
International Sales: 6Sales
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