Spanish with English subtitles

Almodóvar’s favorite, Leonor Watling (Talk to Her, The Oxford Murders), and a whole cast of renowned Spanish actors (Luis Tosar: Cell 211, Take My Eyes; Antonio de la Torre: Volver; Pilar López de Ayala, In the City of Sylvia) star in this spectacular romantic epic with echoes of Oscar®-winner Shakespeare in Love. Lope tells the story of the life and loves of immortal dramatist and incorrigible adventurer Lope de Vega y Carpio, a contemporary of “Don Quixote” author Miguel de Cervantes, and a bright star in the literary field of Baroque Spain. In this entertaining and romantic look at his struggles to establish himself, we encounter a man ruled by his passions, and more condemned than commended for his eviscerating wit. In acclaimed director Andrucha Waddington’s (The House of Sand) Madrid, Hollywood’s sanitized imagining of medieval times is done away with. However, grimy fingernails and greasy hair are no deterrent to the swashbuckling appeal of Alberto Ammann (a Goya award winner for Cell 211) and his excellent portrayal of the young, passionate Lope, with a wonderful turn by Golden Globe nominee Sonia Braga as Paquita.

About the Director
Considered one of Brazil’s most important film directors, Lope is Andrucha Waddington’s fourth fiction feature film. In 2005, he directed House of Sand (Casa de Areia). After being part of the official selections of some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals—Berlin, Sundance and Toronto, among others—the film received excellent critical reviews from the international press and was released successfully in the United States and Canada. His first feature films as director were Twins (Gêmeas, 1999), and Me You Them (Eu Tu Eles, 2000) which screened in Official Selection (Un Certain Regard) at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded Best Film in the Karlovy Vary, Havana and Cartagena film festivals. Me You Them was also the official Brazilian candidate for the 2001 Academy Awards®. Waddington has directed acclaimed documentaries featuring some of the most important names in Brazilian music, such as Maria Bethânia – Pedrinha de Aruanda (2007) and Viva São João! (2002), starring Gilberto Gil.