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Witching and Bitching

Las Brujas De Zugarramurdi

Spain | 2013 | 110 minutes | Álex de la Iglesia

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Divorced dad Jose and his pals are on the run after a botched burglary, carrying 25,000 cursed golden rings into Basque country, where a coven of bloodthirsty witches exact revenge on behalf of all women.

May 17, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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May 20, 2014
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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A group of costumed characters—including Jesus, the Invisible Man, and Minnie Mouse—stage a daring daytime robbery of a Cash-for-Gold shop in the middle of a busy Madrid marketplace. Soon, Spongebob Squarepants is lying in a puddle of his own blood, the cops are in pursuit, and this gang of hapless criminals must find sanctuary. They hide out in the creepy mountain village of Zugarramurdi, which happens to be controlled by a coven of witches. Thus begins the ultimate battle of the sexes, culminating in a centuries-old ritual that requires young, male sacrifices…and maybe a little cannibalism. This non-stop cinematic roller coaster from Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's master of gonzo filmmaking, is a hilariously tasteless mix of screwball comedy, high-tension action, and blood-soaked gore. With a cast that includes Hugo Silva, Spanish heartthrob Mario Casas, Carmen Maura, and Terele Pávez in a Goya-winning performance as the creepy coven's grande dame, Witching and Bitching careens from one unbelievable set piece to the next with audacious and award-winning special effects, ending in a magnificently jaw-dropping, and totally bonkers, climax.

Director Biography

Spanish cult-filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia began his career as a television art director and producer after graduating from the University of Deusto. In 1993, esteemed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar produced Iglesia’s debut feature, Mutant Action, winning various awards and kick-starting his career. Iglesias has directed several films since, all dealing in themes of dark comedy, extreme violence, sex, and gore.

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, Scarecrow Video

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Principal Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Carmen Maura, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez
Country: Spain, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 110 minutes
Producer: Enrique Cerezo
Screenplay: Alex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Cinematographers: Kiko de la Rica
Editors: Pablo Blanco
Music: Joan Valent
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Goya Awards 2014 (Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Editing, Special Effects, Production Design, Make-Up and Hairstyles, Sound)
Filmography: As Luck Would Have It (2011); The Last Circus (2010); The Oxford Murders (2008); Perfect Crime (2004); 800 Bullets (2002); Common Wealth (2000); Dying of Laughter (1999); Dance with the Devil (1997); The Day of the Beast (1995); Mutant Action (1993)
Language: Spanish
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: IFC Midnight
International Sales: Film Factory Entertainment
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