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Iconic director John Carpenter (THE FOG, HALLOWEEN) himself — one of synthwave's heroes — acts as narrator as Spanish filmmaker Iván Castell takes us on a journey across nine countries to interview some of the scene's biggest stars and original trailblazers. Synthwave not only harks back to the synthpop of the 1980s, but also to the glossy visual style of the era. The soundtracks and style of films, TV series and computer games such as MIAMI VICE, LETHAL WEAPON and TOP GUN are a major inspiration to many of the musicians, as well as electronic pioneers like Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Synthwave emerged in mid-2000 as an underground movement on MySpace. In recent years it has grown into a major scene with increasing mainstream visibility, following its use on retro-themed soundtracks to films like DRIVE and TV's STRANGER THINGS. This stylish documentary with a soundtrack by Ogre features interviews with important synthwave artists such as Scandroid, Miami Nights 1984 and Carpenter Brut. (Note adapted from Rotterdam International Film Festival.) Winner, Best Music Documentary, 2020 Byron Bay International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2020 Rotterdam and Night Visions film festivals, 2021 Buenos Aires 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
    82 minutes
  • Language
    English, French, Spanish
  • Country
    Spain, United States
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Iván Castell
  • Screenwriter
    Iván Castell
  • Producer
    Iván Castell, Ana Castañosa, Javier Moreno, Rebeca Villar Rodríguez