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Viva España!

The Miami International Film Festival, Miami Dade College and Centro Cultural Español-Miami are hosting the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, a weeklong festival of Spanish films running Tuesday Oct. 6 through Sunday Oct. 11 at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth Street, Miami.

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 The series kicks off with a 7 p.m. cocktail reception Tuesday, followed by a screening of The Shame (La verguenza), director David Planell's drama about a married couple (Alberto San Juan and Natalia Mateo, pictured above) who decide their eight-year old adopted Peruvian son is too much for them to handle and contemplate sending him back home.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the festival. Tickets for all screenings are $6 ($5 for Film Society members, MDC students, CCE members and senior citizens) except opening night, which is $10. A special all-screenings pass is $40. For more information, call 305-237-3456.

7:30 p.m. Wed. Oct 7 and Sunday Oct. 11: Camino, an exploration of religious fundamentalism centering on an 11 year-old girl confronting two defining life issues: Love and death.

7:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 9: Amateurs, the story of a lonely 65 year-old retire who must decide if the teenage girl suddenly claiming to be his daughter is telling the truth.

9:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 9: Desperate Women (Enloquecidas), a comic thriller about three women on the trail of a man who may or may not be dead, directed by Juan Luis Iborra (Mouth to Mouth, Km. 0).

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5:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10 amd Sunday Oct. 11: De Profundis - The Sound of the Sea, an animated love story about a painter whose boat capsizes and is rescued by a mermaid.

7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10: A Fiance for Yasmina (Un novio para Yasmina), a comedy about a wife suspects her husband is cheating on her with another woman, who in turn is trying to get her elusive beau to tie the knot.

9:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10: One-Armed Trick (El truco del manco), a drama about an aspiring hip-hop artist suffering from paralysis in half of his body since birth, which won three Goya awards (Spain's equivalent to the Oscars).

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