TESIS, BILBAO, and More Included in Science Fiction Film Festival, 1/16-3/6


The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival which opened its first annual event this past December has partnered with the Cervantes Institute to host the much anticipated "A Retrospective of Classic Spanish Horror Cinema" every Wednesday at 7pm from January 16 through March 6. The event kicks off with the screening of Alejandro Amenábar's chilling film Tesis (1996), a unique interpretation that presents secrets, crime and suspense in this Goya Award winner for Best Film. Nothing is as frightening yet absolutely brilliant than the featured works from filmmakers who have brought forth a classic cornerstone of cinema and have unleashed some of the most heart-wrenching moments in movie history.

JANUARY 16th at 7PM

TESIS (1996) - English Subtitles

Written and Directed by Alejandro Amenábar

Starring Ana Torrent, Fele Martínez and Eduardo Noriega

After a professor at a university dies while watching a film a student steals the videotape and discovers it is a snuff film depicting the death of a former student at the school. While investigating the situation a an underground snuff ring is discovered and the mystery puts lives in danger.

JANUARY 23rd at 7PM

¿QUIÉN PUEDE MATAR A UN NIÑO? (1976) - No Subtitles

Written and Directed by Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Starring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome and Antonio Iranzo

Also known as "Who Can Kill A Child?," the story follows a couple of English tourists who visit the island of Almanzora near the Spanish coast and upon their arrival only mute children occupy the area. They quickly realize that a mysterious entity possessed the youngsters which forces them to kill all adults, who are unable to defend themselves because "who can kill a child?"

JANUARY 30th at 7PM

BILBAO (1978) - No Subtitles

Written and Directed by Bigas Luna

Starring Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza and Santiago Segura

A Barcelona man is trapped in an unhappy marriage and soon becomes obsessed with Bilbao, a stripper and prostitute. His impulses and yearning for this woman proves deadly and causes nothing but tragedy.


EL DÍA DE LA BESTIA (1995) - English Subtitles

Written by Álex de la Iglesia

Directed by Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Álex de la Iglesia

Starring Àngel Jové, Maika Thienen and María Martín

A Basque priest discovers that the anti-Christ will be born on Christmas day in Madrid. With the assistance of a heavy metal music fan and the showman of a esoteric TV program he tries to learn more about the birth before the threat to mankind and religion is born.

FEBRUARY 13th at 7PM

LOS SIN NOMBRE (1999) - VHS/PAL No Subtitles

Written and Directed by Jaume Balagueró

Starring Emma Vilarasau, Karra Elejalde and Tristán Ulloa

Five years after the death of her six-year-old daughter Angela, ex-cop and drug addicted Claudia discovers her child is still alive and is in need of saving before she is killed. As a former parapsychology reporter she must follow the clues to find Angela before it is too late.

FEBRUARY 20th at 7PM

EL ORFANATO (2007) - DVD/PAL English Subtitles

Written by Sergio G. Sánchez

Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona

Starring Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo and Roger Príncep

A woman turns her childhood home into an orphanage for disabled children and her son begins to communicate with an invisible friend before he disappears. With the help of parapsychologists she tries to discover the secrets of the home and find her son.

FEBRUARY 27th at 7PM

[REC] (2007) - DVD/PAL English Subtitles

Written by Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza and Luis A. Berdejo

Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza

Starring Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza and Jorge-Yamam Serrano

A television reporter and a cameraman who cover a fire station's night shift receive a frantic call from an elderly woman trapped inside her home. When they reach the house they hear bloodcurdling screams as a tortured nightmare begins.

MARCH 6th at 7PM


Written and Directed by Jesús Franco

Starring Perla Cristal, Felix Defauce and Diana Lorys

In 1912, five women are kidnapped and the efficient Inspector Tanner who is engaged of Wanda Bronsky is assigned to the case. The person responsible for the abductions is former prison doctor Dr. Orloff and his deformed assistant Morpho Lodner who was a prisoner sentenced to death but revived by Dr. Orloff. Morpho brings the women to Hartog Castle to remove the skin of his victims to repair the face of his daughter who was burned in a fire. When Wanda decides to help her beloved fiancée to find the criminal she becomes the next victim of Dr. Orloff. Now Inspector Tanner's last chance to find Dr. Orloff relies on the lead of the drunkard Jeannot.

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is honored to begin what will be a thrilling partnership with the Cervantes Institute to promote the groundbreaking efforts of Spanish filmmakers and their entertaining creations. The free admission event will take place from January 16, 2013 to March 6, 2013 for a total of eight weeks every Wednesday at 7pm at the Cervantes Institute at 211 East 49th Street, New York, NY 10017.