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In this daring prequel to his two cult Dashiell Hammett homages EL CRACK (1981) and EL CRACK 2 (1983), Academy Award®-winning director José Luis Garci (VOLVER A EMPEZAR) revives iconic private eye Germán Areta, covering the sleuth's origin story as an independent investigator in post-Franco Madrid. When Areta (Carlos Santos, SMOKE & MIRRORS) begins an investigation into the apparent suicide of a well-connected tailor, he soon discovers a maze of potential murder motives and more than one person who wanted the tailor dead. Everything comes to a head when the investigation turns personal for Areta. THE CRACK: INCEPTION is a perfect capper to Garci's film noir trilogy and a strikingly original take on the genre in its own right. Winner, Best Cinematography, 2020 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain; Winner, Audience Award, 2020 Días de Cine Awards. Official Selection, 2020 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

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Spanish Cinema Now

June 4–20


AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present an all-virtual edition of Spanish Cinema Now, an annual festival of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today.

Explore this year's Spanish Cinema Now lineup with a series pass for just $70 – valued at more than $100! With the pass, you will have access to all nine films in the lineup.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    122 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    José Luis Garci
  • Screenwriter
    José Luis Garci, Javier Muñoz
  • Producer
    José Luis Garci, José Alberto Sánchez