Festival of New Spanish Cinema 2012


Carmina or Blow Up Carmina o Revienta
Paco León
Spain / 71 min / 2012
Gabriel Velázquez
Spain / 84 min / 2011
Madrid, 1987
David Trueba
Spain / 104 min / 2011
No Rest for the Wicked No Habrá Paz Para los Malvados
Enrique Urbizu
Spain / 104 min / 2011
Sleep Tight Mientras Duermes
Jaume Balagueró
Spain / 101 min / 2011
Snow White Blancanieves
Pablo Berger
Spain / 104 min / 2012
The Double Steps Los Pasos Dobles
Isaki Lacuesta
Spain, Switzerland / 86 min / 2011
Pedro Pérez Rosado
Spain / 97 min / 2012
Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza
Spain / 78 min / 2007


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Sleep Tight (Mientras Duermes)

Jaume Balagueró
Spain / 2011 / 101 min / Spanish with English subtitles

With Luis Tosar, Marta Etura, Alberto San Juan

Toiling silently amongst the residents of an everyday Barcelona apartment building, doorman Cesar (a wonderful Luis Tosar in the best performance of his career) harbors a dark secret: his sole desire in life is to make others unhappy. When he sets his sights on Clara, one of his building’s cheeriest residents, his sick need blossoms into a full-fledged obsession. Embarking on a series of private and physical violations against Clara, Cesar becomes determined to ruin her life by any means necessary. Becoming the boogeyman hiding under the bed and bringing her nightmares to life, his fascination with torment soon crosses the line into lunacy – and his thirst for others’ sadness soon becomes manically unquenchable. Acclaimed Spanish director Jaume Balagueró, co-creator of [REC] and [REC] ², delves into the perverse fantasies of a man on the brink, and delivers an unnerving tale of obsession and torment that delivers nonstop thrills right up to its shocking conclusion. 

Awards, Festivals, Screenings

Gaudí Awards

- Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Film not in the Catalan Language, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Awards


Goya Awards

- Nominated for Best Actor Award 


Fantastic Fest


Australian Spanish Film Festival


“The saying goes that good help is hard to find — but really, really bad help masquerading as good help makes for a deliciously slow burn modern horror film.” - Lisa Nesselson, SCREEN DAILY


“It is Tosar’s performance that ensures the feature reaches creepy, chilling heights. Imbuing such a disturbing character with unexpected empathy, his portrayal is so convincing that he eclipses his co-stars.” – Sarah Ward, ARTS HUB


“Balagueró creates scenes that are the definition of nerve-jangling, not necessarily because of the threat of extreme physical violence — though that’s an always-present concern when you’re dealing with a villain this cruel — but because it’s dangling out at the edge of believability.” – Peter Martin, TWITCH