The best independent outdoor cinema in summer Cineplaza


Matadero Square becomes a summer cinema for the second consecutive year with the outdoor screening of a selection of unpublished independent film titles in Madrid. The summer Cineplaza program presents twenty films from the best international festivals – Locarno, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto or San Sebastian – preceded by great successes from critics and audiences and never seen on Madrid screens. The screenings take place from next Thursday, August 1 to September 1, from Thursday to Sunday, with free admission, in the original version and with Spanish subtitles.

Southern monsters, summer meteorites, Russian propaganda, wild contemporary westerns, family wrecks, amusement parks, bikes, lights, love stories or young people looking hard into the future. Matadero Madrid and Cineteca offer many reasons why, on August nights, there are no reasons to flee the city.

Among the films that can be seen at Cineplaza de verano, selected by the Cineteca programming team, are the latest work by acclaimed director Jennifer Reeder, Knives and Skin, premiered at prestigious festivals such as the Berlinale or Tribeca; Claire Simon's first solo solitude pre-premiere in Spain, which will hit theaters in the fall; the latest films by Ben Wheatley –Happy New Year, Colin Burstead– and Aaron Schimberg –Chained for Life–; the singular review of the horror genre, with monster included and in Andean territory, Die, monster, die of Alejandro Fadel; and the two Polish films of the season: the psychological thriller of Jagoda Szelc, Monument, and the spectacular long debut of Rosanne Pel, Light as Feathers.


.- Thursday, August 1, 10:30 p.m.

Knives and skin

Jennifer Reeder, USA, 2019, 111 ’Digital Cinema Package (DCP) (+18)

A sheriff without too much experience leads the investigation into the disappearance of a young woman in the rural midwest. The surge of fear and suspicion among the inhabitants of the small city destroy some relationships and strengthen others. This youthful and mystical noir presents the passage to adulthood as a lifelong process, revealing the profound impact of the sudden loss of innocence for adolescents, while their parents must face the failures of adulthood.

Berlinale 2019 Generation – Berlin International Film Festival and

Tribeca Film Festival 2019

.- Friday, August 2, 10:30 p.m.

One Day (Egy nap)

Zsófia Szilágyi, Hungary, 2018, 99 ’DCP (+18)

(Not recommended for children under 18)

At 40, Anna always lives in a hurry: she has three children, a husband, work and financial stress. Anna meets the deadlines, makes promises, takes care of things and is responsible for remembering everything. But she never manages to catch her husband. He would like to talk to him, he feels that he is losing it and that he cannot continue postponing what will come next. A conflict between the everyday, the unbearably monotonous and the fragile and unique.

Cannes Film Festival 2018 – Critics Week (FIPRESCI Award)

American Film Institute Festival 2018

Cairo International Film Festival 2018

FICX 2018 – Gijón International Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival 2018

.- Saturday, August 3, 10:30 p.m.

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres)

Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, France-Belgium, 2017, 92´DCP (+18)

After stealing a truck loaded with gold bars, a gang of thieves takes refuge in a remote Mediterranean town where an artist lives surrounded by her family and fans. It seems a perfect hiding place, but after the appearance of two policemen it will become a real battlefield.

2017 International Locarno Festival

Warsaw International Festival 2017

Montenegro Festival 2018

.- Sunday, August 4, 10:30 p.m.


Szelc Jagoda, Poland, 2018, 108 ’DCP (+18)

Several students arrive at a hotel to do their internship. The director tells them that their real names are no longer relevant and that there is no place for individuality here. As the group moves through green-lit corridors and empty rooms, time becomes more diffuse and the atmosphere increasingly disturbing.

Atlàntida Film Fest 2018

Polish Film Festival 2018

Rotterdam International Festival 2018

.- Thursday, August 8, 10:30 p.m.

Preview – First solitudes (Premières solitudes)

Claire Simon, France, 2018, 100 ’DCP (+18)

In an institute in the Paris suburbs, several teenagers talk about their personal stories, their families, their passions and their loneliness, while the city extends to their backs and feet. At their age, they begin to consider leaving their families behind, if they have them, or even fleeing from them when they are completely broken. Going on your own can mean as many good things as bad.

Sheffield Documentary Festival 2018

Berlinale 2018 – Berlin International Film Festival – Generation and Forum

RIDM 2018 – Montreal International Documentary Festival

Docaviv 2018 – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Sydney Film Festival 2018

+ Screening of the short film: Espace, by Eléonor Gilbert, France, 2014, 15 ’DCP

Through a scheme, a primary school student explains to what extent the distribution of playground space does not correspond to the expectations (or rights) of the girls.

Clermont-Ferrand 2014 – Traces de Vies (Opera Prima Award)

Cinéma du réel – Paris 2014 (Fresne Prison Center Award)

.- Friday, August 9, 10:30 p.m.

Our New President

Maxim Pozdorovkin, USA-Russia, 2018, 87 ’DCP (+18)

The story of the election of Donald Trump told completely through the Russian propaganda apparatus. Through such hilarious as chilling turns, the film becomes a satirical portrait of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, revealing a whole empire of fake news and modern tactics of the information war.

Sundance Festival 2018 (Special Jury Prize)

CPH: DOX 2018 – Copenhagen International Documentary Festival

Miami Festival 2018

Sheffield Documentary Festival 2018

Full Frame Documentary Festival 2018

.- Saturday, August 10, 10:30 p.m.

Bêtes blondes

Alexia Walther, Maxime Matray, France-Switzerland, 2018, 100 ’DCP (+18)

Fabien was an ephemeral star of a sitcom in the 90s, but since his serial partner Corinne disappeared, Fabien often loses his head and memory. Nothing surprises him, not even when in his life he crosses Yoni, a young boy who does not stop crying and who drags a bag with his lover's head, as beautiful as a dream, as disturbing as a memory, as a living reproach . For Fabien the time has come to face the past …

Venice Film Festival 2018 – Critics Week

BAFICI 2019 – Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

Jeonju International Film Festival (South Korea)

.- Sunday, August 11, 10:30 p.m.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom, 2018, 95 ’DCP (+18)

Colin rents a luxurious country house to celebrate the New Year with his large family and other guests. After a series of initial tensions, things only get worse with the return of his brother David, the black sheep of the family, after a long absence.

London film festival 2018

2018 British Independent Film Awards

Thessaloniki Festival 2018

D’A Film Festival Barcelona 2019

.- Thursday, August 15, 10:30 p.m.

Les météorites

Romain Laguna, France, 2018, 85 ’DCP (+18)

Nina, a sixteen-year-old girl, dreams of living adventures. Meanwhile, he spends the summer between his people in the south of France and the theme park where he works. Just before meeting Morad, a teenager from an Algerian family who lives in the official protection houses nearby, Nina sees a meteor falling from the sky that apparently is only visible to her … as an omen.

TIFF 2019 – Toronto International Film Festival

Gaztefilm 2019 – Children's and Youth Film Festival (Young Prize for Best Feature Film)

San Sebastian Festival 2018 – New Directors

Cinemed 2018 – Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival

.- Friday, August 16, 10:30 p.m.


Abbas Fahdel, Lebanon-Iraq-France, 2018, 101 ’DCP (+18)

The young Yara lives with her grandmother in a valley north of Lebanon, where most of her inhabitants have died or left the area. One day a young walker appears, Elias, with whom Yara will experience the joys and sorrows of first love.

Locarno Film Festival 2018

FICX 2018 – Gijón International Film Festival

Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2018

.- Saturday, August 17, 10:30 p.m.

The Disappearance of My Mother (Storia di B. – La scomparsa di mia madre)

Beniamino Barrese, Italy, 2019, 94 ’DCP (+18)

Benedetta was a fashion icon in the 60s, muse of Warhol, Dalí, Penn and Avedon. In the 70s he became a radical feminist, fighting for the rights and emancipation of women. At 75, he got fed up with all the roles imposed by life and decided to leave everything behind and disappear as far as possible. Hiding behind the camera, his son Beniamino, director of the film, witnesses his trip.

Sundance Film Festival 2019

FICCI 2019 – Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival

CPH: DOX 2019 – Copenhagen International Documentary Festival

.- Sunday, August 18, 10:30 p.m.

Chained for Life

Aaron Schimberg, USA, 2018, 91 ’DCP (+18)

On the set of a horror film with artistic pretensions, shot in the United States by a great European author, Mabel, a beautiful Hollywood actress, admits to being outside her comfort zone. He plays the role of a blind woman and the film, which the media is already branded in bad taste, deals explicitly with the deformity. The production even has several actors with disabilities, including Rosenthal, a comedian with a significant facial deformity.

Fantastic Fest 2019, Austin, Texas

BFI London Film Festival 2019

Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2018

Thessaloniki Festival 2018

.- Thursday, August 22, 10:30 p.m.

Volcano (Вулкан)

Roman Bondarchuk, Ukraine-Germany, 2018, 106 ’DCP (+18)

Lukas, an interpreter who accompanies a team of military control inspectors, is lying near a remote town south of the Ukrainian steppe. Without knowing where to go, he finds refuge in the house of Vova, a picturesque villager who acts as a guide. Fascinated by his host and his daughter Marushka, whom he quickly falls in love with, Lukas leaves behind his contempt for the life of provinces and embarks on the search for a happiness he never thought could exist.

Seminci 2018 – Valladolid International Film Festival

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

Golden Apricot 2018 – Yerevan International Film Festival (Best Film)

São Paulo International Film Festival 2018

.- Friday, August 23, 10:30 p.m.

Behind there are lightning bolts

Julio Hernández Cordón, Costa Rica-Mexico, 2017, 82 ’DCP (+18)

Sole and Ana travel the city on their bicycles. Sole's sick grandmother leaves her as a sole inheritance a collection of vintage cars. With the intention of creating a taxi business, both are responsible for reviewing them one by one, but their friendship will be tested when they find something hidden in one of the boot.

BAFICI 2017 – Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

Rotterdam International Festival 2017

.- Saturday, August 24, 10:30 p.m.

Sollers point

Matthew Porterfield, USA-France, 2017, 101 ’DCP (+18)

Keith, a 24-year-old boy, is on probation after spending a year in jail and lives at his father's house. Keith travels through his Baltimore neighborhood, deeply divided into social strata, looking for work and something that gives a new meaning to his life. Although the outside world has its own threats, Keith's great enemies are the demons he harbors inside.

IndieLisboa 2018 – International Film Festival

D’A Film Festival Barcelona 2018

BAFICI 2018 – Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

San Sebastian Festival 2017

Rotterdam International Festival 2017

.- Sunday, August 25, 10:30 p.m.

The Man Who Surprised Everyone (Tchelovek kotorij udivil vseh)

Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov, Russia-Estonia-France, 2018, 105 ’DCP (+18)

Egor is a brave ranger who works in the Siberian taiga. A good family man, respected by his neighbors and who expects a second son from his wife Natalia. But one day Egor discovers that he has cancer and that he only has two months to live. Nothing, neither traditional medicine nor shamanic magic, can save you. In the end, with no more options available, he makes a last desperate attempt to deceive death and overcome the disease: Egor decides to assume the identity of a woman.

Zinegoak 2019, Bilbao Gaylesbotrans International Film and Performing Arts Festival (Best Film, Best Supporting Actress)

Venice Film Festival 2018 – Orizzonti (Best Actress)

Busan International Film Festival 2018

Rotterdam International Festival 2018

.- Thursday, August 29, 10:30 p.m.

L'île au trésor

Guillaume Brac, France, 2018, 96 ’DCP (+18)

Summer in a leisure park in a suburb of Paris. A land of adventure, flirting and transgression for some, a place to hide or take a rest for others … With its beach and its hidden recesses, it is like a childhood kingdom waiting to be explored, resonating with the agitation of the actual society.

IndieLisboa 2019 – International Film Festival

D’A Film Festival Barcelona 2019

Karlovy Vary International Festival 2018

DocPoint 2018 – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

BAFICI 2018 – Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival

2018 Jeonju International Film Festival

.- Friday, August 30, 10:30 p.m.

Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao)

Sheng Qiu, China, 2018, 118 ’DCP (+18)

After a subsidence of land occurs in a suburban area, the team of engineers led by Hao has to find the cause. After several days wandering around in search of answers, Hao enters a school where he finds a newspaper that tells the story of a child and the separation of his close group of friends. As the investigation progresses, Hao discovers that the newspaper contains prophecies of his own life.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2019

Locarno International Festival 2018

São Paulo International Film Festival 2018

Macau International Film Festival 2018

.- Saturday, August 31, 10:30 p.m.

Die monster die

Alejandro Fadel, Argentina-France-Chile, 2018, 109 ’DCP (+18)

In a remote region of the Andes mountain range is the decapitated body of a woman. The officer Cruz of the rural police takes charge of the investigation. David, Francisca's husband, Cruz's mistress, quickly becomes the main suspect. When he is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, he blames a monster that appears abruptly and inexplicably. Then, Cruz insists on demonstrating a mysterious theory that includes geometric notions, the displacements of a motorcycle gang and an inner, obsessive voice that repeats like a mantra: "Die, monster, die."

Cannes Film Festival 2018 – Un Certain Regard

International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2018

Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2018 (Best Soundtrack)

.- Sunday, September 1, 10:30 p.m.

Light as Feathers

Rosanne Pel, The Netherlands, 2018, 85 ’DCP (+18)

Eryk is 15 years old, lives with his mother, grandmother and great grandmother in a small town in Poland. He has an overly intimate relationship with his manipulative and dominant mother. Eryk is in love with his neighbor Klaudia, 13, but she doesn't know the difference between love and abuse.

Cinema Jove 2019 – Valencia International Film Festival (Best Film)

Netherlands Film Festival 2018 (Dutch Critics Award)

TIFF 2018 – Toronto International Film Festival

European Festival of Opera Prima de Angers (Best Actor). (TagsToTranslate) cineplaza


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