Living is Easy With Eyes Closed

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Spain | 2013 | 108 minutes | David Trueba

August 8 - 14, 2014

Toping this year's Spanish Goya Awards, this inspiring and heart-felt story takes place in 1966, when an English teacher and Beatles fanatic heads out on a road trip with two young misfits when he discovers that John Lennon is filming a movie in Spain.

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" (which he wrote in while in southern Spain); Living evokes the spirit and mood of the ’60s in its lively review of a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible. Director David Trueba (Madrid, 1987) transforms this true story into an endearing and hopeful dramedy.

2014 Goya Awards Winner: Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenplay, Actress, and Score

  • Original Language Title: Vivir es Fácil con los Ojos Cerrados
  • Director: David Trueba
  • Principal Cast: Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina, Francesc Colomer
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 108 minutes
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Outsider Pictures