The prequel to ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘The Old Oak Tree’ by Ken Loach and ‘Let No One Sleep’, in theaters tomorrow


‘Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’, the prequel to ‘The Hunger Games’ arrives this weekend in Spanish cinemas where it will share the billboard with ‘The Old Oak’, the latest film by acclaimed director Ken Loach, and ‘ Seneca’, the film starring John Malkovich. The Spanish productions ‘Que Nadie Duerma’, ‘La Ermita’ and ‘La Imatge Permanent’, winner of the Golden Spike at the Seminci, are part of the film offering for next week.

‘The Old Oak’ is the film with which Ken Loach warns of the growth of xenophobia among the working class and how the crisis that also affects their surroundings is a breeding ground for the rise of the extreme right and its rejection of migrants. Dave Turner, Ebla Mari, Claire Rodgerson, Trevor Fox and Chris McGlade star in this drama.

Set in a post-apocalyptic Panem, the prequel to ‘The Hunger Games’ goes back several decades before the beginning of Katniss Everdeen’s adventures. Francis Lawrence directs the film starring Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ashley Liao and Mackenzie Lansing. The film begins on the morning of the harvest that will begin the tenth Hunger Games. At the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow prepares for a unique opportunity: glory as a Games mentor.

Starring John Malkovich playing Seneca and accompanied by a cast that includes Geraldine Chaplin, the film about the Roman philosopher and writer arrives in theaters under the direction of Robert Schwentke. During 65 AD the infamous Emperor Nero entertained himself through physical violence and megalomania. However, it was not always like this, during his childhood Seneca was his mentor and advisor, promoting his rise to power. Until Nero tires of the wise man and he faces death.

‘Let Nobody Sleep’ is the film by Antonio Méndez Esparza based on the novel of the same name by Juan José Millás and starring Malena Alterio, Aitana Sánchez Gijón, Mariona Ribas and Manuel de Blas. In the film, the protagonist, Lucía (Malena Alterio), loses her job as a computer programmer and decides to make a definitive change in her life by starting to work as a taxi driver. While she walks the streets of Madrid, in search of love and new adventures, she ends up embarking on revenge against those who have stolen her own history and whom she should never have trusted.

‘La Imatge Permanent’ is the first feature film by director Laura Ferrés, with which she won the Golden Spike for best film at the Seminci in Valladolid, becoming the first Catalan film to be recognized with this award.

Eli Roth directs ‘Black Friday’, a horror film starring Rick Hoffman, Gina Gershon, Patrick Dempsey in which, after a Black Friday in which riots occur that end in tragedy, a mysterious killer inspired by the Thanksgiving holiday terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the infamous holiday.


Belén Rueda stars in ‘La Ermita, a supernatural drama directed by Carlota Pereda in which Emma (Maia Zaitegi) wants to learn to communicate with the spirit of a girl who has been trapped in the hermitage of her town for centuries. She tries to convince Carol (Belén Rueda), an unbelieving and false medium, to teach her how to talk to ghosts. Her help will be the only way to remain united with her sick mother when she dies. If Carol doesn’t protect her, Emma’s life will be in danger.

‘Peter Doherty: Stranger In My Own Skin’ is a documentary about the singer and songwriter of The Libertines, how he falls into darkness while at the peak of his success, and his fight against his own demons. This intimate portrait is a testimony of redemption as few artists have had the opportunity to reveal from 200 hours of filming.

‘Ruta Salvatge’ is an author’s thriller co-written and directed by Marc Recha. A film starring Montse Germán, Marc Martínez and four-time Goya nominee Sergi López.

In ‘There’s Only the Dance’, by Dana Nechushtan, the story of an exceptional talent is told, but above all that of a friendship willing to do anything, that of two young dancers who try to maintain themselves in the demanding world of Amsterdam ballet.

Juan Francisco Viruega directs ‘Amanece’, a short x-ray of the romantic relationships of today’s society, which after completing the first three stages of a couple’s natural cycle, tend to stagnate. It is an intimate and generational drama, told from the point of view of three female protagonists, in which the complexity of human nature and the decline of love dialogue with the landscape.

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