L.A. OLA celebrates its 3rd edition expanding to the East Coast; Winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week Mimosas to close L.A. OLA 2017

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L.A. OLA has provided Los Angeles with a window into the most innovative cinema from Spain for two consecutive years; and now the festival hits the East Coast with L.A. OLA: NYC EDITION at the prestigious Anthology Film archives. 

The annual film showcase will bring the best independent cinema from Spain to Los Angeles in May 18-21 and to New York in June 2-4.

Mimosas, winner of the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics’ Week 2016, will be the closing film for this third edition of the Spanish showcase. Director Oliver Laxe will present his film in person at the Egyptian Theater. 

Other four films will complete the 2017 feature program of L.A. OLA: Oleg and the Rare Arts by Andrés Duque; No Cow on the Ice by Eloy Domínguez Serén; Agata's Friends by Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart and That Feeling by Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson.

All feature films will be preceded by a short film curated in collaboration with renown Spanish international Short Film Festival Curtocircuito.

One of the main novelties of this 2017 edition will be the addition of a new unique venue: the Rooftop Cinema Club at The Montalbán, a state-of-the-art outdoors theater with wireless headphones located at the heart of Hollywood.

In addition to the screenings, L.A. OLA Los Angeles programming will include music performances, master classes and a panel discussion titled 'Women in the US and European Independent Film Industries'

The Spanish filmmaking scene is emerging as one of the most fertile and successful in Europe with a new generation of young Spanish filmmakers who are winning great acclaim at prestigious international film festivals such as Locarno, Berlin, Rotterdam, and Cannes.

Despite their critical success, these groundbreaking Spanish films have struggled to gain access to the traditional distribution channels. L.A. OLA aims to create a bridge between Spain and the U.S., giving exposure to all these extraordinary films in such culturally relevant cities as Los Angeles and NY. The showcase is a not-to-be-missed event for devotees of contemporary world cinema and a meeting point for two continents.

L.A. OLA is a project of La Panda Productions and Playtime Audiovisuales, in partnership with Spain Fresh and Curtocircuito, directed by Rocio Mesa. L.A.OLA is organized with the support of Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles, Trade Commission of Spain ICEX, Institut Ramon Llull and ELMA; and the collaboration of SPAIN arts and culture, Rooftop Cinema Club at The Montalbán, The American Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum and The Echo Park Film Center.

PROGRAMMING L.A. OLA – Los Angeles

Thurs, May 18

ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB AT THE MONTALBÁN

8pm: Esa Sensación (‘That Feeling’ ) + Q&A
by Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson

10.30pm: L.A. Drones! - Music show

Fri, May 19

ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB AT THE MONTALBÁN

8pm: Oleg y las raras artes ('Oleg and the Rare Arts')
by Andrés Duque

Sat, May 20

ECHO PARK FILM CENTER

5pm: Master class by Oliver Laxe

7.30pm: Ingen Ko Pa Isen ('No Cow on the Ice’)
by Eloy Domínguez Serén

ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB AT THE MONTALBÁN 

9pm: DJ set Honey Power

10pm: Les amigues de l'Agata ('Agata's Friends') + Q&A
by by Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart

Sun, May 21

EGYPTIAN THEATER

5pm-6.20pm: Panel - Women in the US and European Independent Film Industries

7.30pm: Mimosas ('Mimosas') + Q&A
by Oliver Laxe 
10pm: Closing cocktail

PROGRAMMING L.A. OLA: NYC EDITION

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

Fri, June 2

8:00pm: Esa sensación ('That feeling')
by Juan Cavestany, Pablo Hernando, and Julián Génisson

Sat, June 3

5:45pm: Ingen Ko Pa Isen  (‘No Cow on the Ice’)
by Eloy Domínguez Serén

8:00pm: Oleg y las raras artes ('Oleg and the Rare Arts')
by Andrés Duque

Sun, June 4

5:45pm: Les amigues de l'Agata ('Agata's Friends')
by Alba Cros, Marta Verheyen, Laura Rius, and Laia Alabart

8:00pm: Mimosas ('Mimosas')
by Oliver Laxe

*Short films will precede each feature film; for updated info, visit www.laolashowcase.com in April.

L.A. OLA director, Rocio Mesa, will be available for interviews.

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