Bubbling over with torrid sex sequences, voluptuous food content, and winkingly outrageous melodrama, the first of Bigas Luna’s “Iberian Trilogy” became his biggest success at home and abroad while hot-listing its younger leads for stardom. Jordi Mollà plays a poor little rich boy who falls for local Penélope Cruz (in her film debut), but as she is the daughter of madam Anna Galiena, his mother Stefania Sandrelli won’t abide the match — and hires Javier Bardem to horn in. An allegory for Spain itself, Luna engages in intricate word play while rhapsodically juxtaposing the new and the old and food and erotic desire.
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Stefania Sandrelli, Anna Galiena, and Javier Bardem
Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by The Mexican Museum and SF Latino Film Festival