Join us for a special one-time screening of the 1976 Spanish documentary El Desencanto (The Disenchantment), directed by Jaime Chávarri.
A cult classic in Spain on a par with Grey Gardens, El Desencanto tells the story of the Paneros, a brilliant and tormented literary family whose eccentricities and transgressive exhibitionism turned them into a phenomenon in Spain the year after dictator Francisco Franco died. As they drink and smoke and argue, the members of the family deconstruct the myths of their complicated history in order to craft a new collective narrative. Think The Royal Tenenbaums, except the people are real. The father, Leopoldo Panero, a friend of Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, worked with Salvador Dalí on an exhibition in the early 1950s.
Aaron Shulman, author of the first book about the Panero family in English, titled The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War, will introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward. The book will be available for purchase.
Betrayal and sacrifice, passion and poetry, the fate of a country if not a continent, epic destruction—all is in play in this sweeping yet intimate account. Yet what makes this book so truly rich and resonant is Shulman’s ability to expose the core humanity that underlies the entire saga. That feeling left in the gut is this book’s most satisfying, lasting gift.
— Mark Eisner, author of Neruda: The Poet’s Calling
No registration required
Cost: Free (Parking is free after 5pm on Thursdays as available)
Location: Will Raymund Theater