Witching and Bitching

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Spain | 2013 | 110 minutes | Álex de la Iglesia

July 18 - 24, 2014

Director Álex de la Iglesia, Spain's master of gonzo filmmaking, returns with this hilariously tasteless mix of screwball comedy, high-tension action, and blood-soaked gore that follows a gang of criminals who encounter a coven of witches planning a centuries-old ritual.

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 witchy ritual that requires young, male sacrifices…and maybe a little cannibalism. This non-stop cinematic roller coaster from Álex de la Iglesia, 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: Álex de la Iglesia
  • Principal Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Carmen Maura, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Awards: Goya Awards 2014 (Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Editing, Special Effects, Production Design, Make-Up and Hairstyles, Sound)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Midnight