The Festival of New Spanish Cinema

The opening-night fiesta has more to recommend than the eight titles included here (some previously seen at SIFF). With your Thursday gala ticket ($20-$25), head over to Taberna del Alabardero after The Island Inside, a family melodrama about three adult children worried they've caught the gene for their father's schizophrenia. (Geraldine Chaplin plays their mother.) Set mostly on the Canary Islands, the film would benefit from more scenery and less fraught moping. But the tapas at Taberna del Alabardero is always excellent, and there should be plenty of good Iberian wines to sample. Among the other series highlights are Garbo: The Spy, a documentary about World War II counterintelligence leading up to the Normandy invasion (7:30 p.m. Fri.), and Me, Too, about love across the barrier of Down Syndrome (6:30 p.m. Sun.). See SIFF Web site for detailed schedule through Sun. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Thu., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.; Sept. 24-26, 2010

 
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