Living is easy with eyes closed

Living is easy with eyes closed  {Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados}
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Living is easy with eyes closed
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados
Spain, 2013, 108 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Drama, Latino, Teen
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Spain, 1966: Antonio (Javier Cámara, from "I’m So Excited!") is a teacher and a Beatles fan – facets he combines by getting his pupils to recite the lyrics from Help in English class. When he learns that his idol John Lennon is making a film in Almería (Richard Lester’s "How I Won the War") he resolves to meet him.

On the journey he picks up two young runaways: Bethlehem, a pregnant girl fleeing a convent, and Juanjo, a boy escaping a dictatorial father. “Living is easy with eyes closed,” from Lennon’s Strawberry Fields Forever, evokes both the spirit of the ’60s and the mood of the film, which is both a lively review of a sad past and a positive road movie set during a time in Spanish history when dreams seemed impossible.

David Trueba ("Madrid", 1987) has transformed this historical footnote, a true story, into an endearing and hopeful dramedy. “This small gem offers a lovely evocation of Spain as well as a touching tribute to an unforgettable moment in time when the Beatles seemed to offer brand new possibilities, the idea that strawberry fields might indeed go on forever.”
- Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

DIRECTOR: David Trueba
Producer: Fernando Trueba
Editor: Marta Velasco
Screenwriter: David Trueba
Cinematographer: Daniel Vilar
Music: Pat Metheny, Chalie Haden
Principal Cast: Javier Cámara, Francesc Colomer, Natalia de Molina, Ramon Fontsera, Jorge Sanz, Ariadna Gil
Filmography: Madrid, 1987 (2011)
Welcome Home (2006)
Soldiers of Salamina (2003)
Masterpiece (2000)
The Good Life (1996)
Print Source: Fernando Trueba PC SA

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