Do you learn Spanish in London?

If you learn Spanish in London, there are many opportunities to practice.

For example, you can take part in many events about the Spanish cinema, such as the Spanish Film Festival.

How much do you know about the Spanish cinema?

Well, you definitely know some film directors who became famous all over the world.

One of the them is Alejandro Amenábar.

Have you ever watched one of his works?

If you did, you can definitely say why he is so special!

Born in Chile during Pinochet coup d’etat, when he was 1 year old he flew to Spain where his mother was from.

He started making cinema very early, after a number of scholastic failures.

His first commercial success was “Thesis” in 1996: with this movie, he turned out to be a major international director.

After that, he confirmed his uncommon talent with two popular movies: “Abre Los Ojos” (Open Your Eyes) in 1997 and “Los Otros”  (The Others) in 2001.

The first one is a remake of “Vertigo” by Alfred Hitchcock: the interesting thing is that Tom Cruise produced a remake of this movie, Vanilla Sky.

With “The Others”, first Amenábar’s movie in English, the Spanish director won 8 Goya prizes.

But the best was yet to come: in 2005 he won the Oscar Prize as Best Foreign Language Film with “Mar adentro” (The sea inside).

“Mar adentro” is a touching story about euthanasia.

It tells the real story of  Ramón Sampedro, a tetraplegic man who fought against the Spanish government to win the right to end his own life with assisted suicide.

Definitely a must see!

A curiosity: Alejandro Amenábar is also a self-taught composer and he composed the music of all his movies!

So why don’t you choose one of his movies and watch it in Spanish?

That would be a great practice!