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The 25th Cinema Jove – 2010

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On Saturday, Valencia’s summer film festival got underway — Cinema Jove. This is it’s quarter-century anniversary, and they’ve got an awesome line-up of films for viewing.

Cinema Jove shines the spotlight on foreign cinema, with 9 films from 9 different countries competing for the top prize. Denmark’s Submarino an is supposed to be excellent, as is Eamon from Ireland.

The official selection films are playing at the Teatro Rialto, but the festival visits over 10 other screens throughout the city. Our favorite are the open-air screenings in the Viveros Gardens. It’s free, and fun movies are always chosen for these popular viewings. Here’s a run down of the films at Viveros.

Saturday, June 19th
Celda 21120:30
Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Spain, 2009
Sunday, June 20th
20:30The Beguiled
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts. USA, 1971
Monday, June 21st
20:30The Elephant Man
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. USA, 1980
Tuesday, June 22nd
20:30Paths of Glory
When soldiers in WW1 refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them. USA, 1957
Wednesday, June 23rd
20:30The Tenant
A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide… France/USA, 1976
Thursday, June 24th
A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect… but he’s the wrong man! UK, 1972
Double SessionPaths of Glory
Friday, June 25th
20:30King Kong
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. USA, 1933
Double SessionJaws
In 1975, director Steven Spielberg brought Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel to the screen with stunning power and unbearable suspense. Jaws left an indelible mark upon the movie-going (and beach-going!) public, distilling a sea of fear from these five words: “Don’t go in the water.” Once the terror begins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw must join forces on a desperate quest to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of white death. USA, 1975
Saturday, June 26th
20:30The Thing
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. USA, 1982
Double SessionThe Devil Doll
IPaul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to Devil’s Island. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist’s methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge. USA, 1936

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June 21, 2010 at 9:50 am Comments (0)

41st Annual Book Fair in the Viveros Gardens

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There are a number of book fairs in the city, but perhaps the biggest and best of them all is the Fira del Llibre in the beautiful Viveros Gardens. This year’s festival kicks off today, and runs through the 2nd of May. Plenty of time to get there, find a good summer read, and then spend a couple of hours with it in the park.

We like it almost as much as the Wine Festival! Oh oh, now I’ve done it. Don’t be upset, Book Festival… we like you, too! We like you both, just in different ways. You’re more the type we’d eventually like to settle down with, but it’s just that… the Wine Festival is a little more fun, you know? And we’re still young!

For the next 13 days, the stands will be open from 11 to 14h and 17 to 21h. Considering the amount of programs, reading-related activities for kids, and a huge list of book signings, you might want to check out their website before heading over.
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Cinema Jove – Valencia’s Summer Film Fest

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Who will win Golden Moon of Valencia? That’s the top prize at the city’s summer film festival, Cinema Jove, which will be staged at locations throughout the city from June 20th to 27th.

There will be screenings on 15 screens, including the Teatro Principal (location), the Viveros Gardens (location) and UGC Cine Cite (location). They’re showing some great classic films in open air of the Viveros Gardens, including Night of the Hunter and Touch of Evil.

This is the festival’s 24th year, and though it’s not Spain’s most high-profile event (that would be San Sebastien’s), there are a lot of quality films to catch. The 12 movies in competition hail from all over Europe — last year’s prize went to Autumn Ball, a bleak, multi-plotted drama out of Estonia.

Cinema Jove’s Website

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June 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm Comments (3)

Book Fair in the Viveros Gardens

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Until May 3rd, the annual book fair, the Fira del Llibre de València will be held in the Viveros Gardens (location). We went last year and can report: there were a lot of books! And unless some crazy surrealist group has taken over the book festival’s organization, I’m sure you can count on a lot of books this year, too.

The fair is open from 11 to 14h, and in the eventings from 17 to 21h. There are numerous activities and events scheduled throughout each day, though they’ll all be in Valencian or Castellano.

They have a website,, but as of the time of writing this post, it is extremely busted. Come on, guys!

Pics & Information from Last Year’s Fair
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May 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm Comments (0)

Museum of Natural Science

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Valencia’s Museum of Natural Science (also referred to occasionally as the Paleontological Museum) is situated right in the middle of the Viveros Gardens (location).

The museum takes visitors through the history of life on Earth, with a special emphasis on South American paleontology and the Valencian ecosystem. If you’re a fan of fossils, Darwin or the natural sciences, this museum is an absolute must.


The most spectacular area of the museum is a set of fossilized skeletons brought over from South America and donated by J. Rodrigo Botet. The largest and most interesting is that of a Megatherium – a giant sloth, as large as an elephant, that lived alongside humanity back in the good old days, 8000 years ago.


A number of the exhibits might really only appeal to paleontological enthusiasts, but the museum is a great place for anyone to spend a rainy afternoon — it won’t take even the most fossil-obsessed more than a couple hours to visit (although, I’m afraid my father might get lost for weeks, engrossed by the various trilobites). Entrance costs €2, and is free on Sundays.


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