Welcome to Spain (Bienvenidos a EspaÃ±a), dir. Juan Antonio Moreno, Spain 2021, 92 min., Spanish with English subtitles
Spain sure knows how to make you feel welcome. Well, just so long as it’s for a visit.
Director Juan Antonio Moreno provides narration for his film – wryly referencing Spanish tourist commercials – whose focus is a once-famous brothel, now a hostel, in the heart of picturesque Seville. He documents the arrival of new visitors to the country, thankful that they are in a place where locals are friendly and accompanied by relief that refuge has been found.
However, it soon becomes apparent that increasing anti-immigrant sentiments, as well as the world beyond the doors of the hostel, pose new and unsettling challenges.
An irreverent yet sobering portrait of a divided world, Welcome to Spain is a unique and fascinating portrait of the immigrant experience.
Tue, 12 Oct 2021
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