FQ Columnist Paul Julian Smith reviews the recent work of young writer-directors Javier Ambrossi and Javier Calvo, celebrities universally known in Spain by the diminutive of their shared name, “los Javis.” The backstory to their first feature film, the success of which so mystifies the established film press, is that of the couple's canny and creative appeal to the multiple media of theater, television, and Internet. The Javis work marks the emergence of a new youthful sensibility and a new gay auteurism in Spanish film and television.
La Llamada, Paquita Salas, and the Javis
Paul Julian Smith, a Fellow of the British Academy, is distinguished professor in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of nineteen books including Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar (Verso, 1994), Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico (Liverpool University Press, 2016), and the new Queer Mexico: Cinema and Television since 2000 (Wayne State University Press, 2017). He has served on the juries of the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain and the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. Follow him on Twitter @pauljuliansmith.
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Paul Julian Smith; La Llamada, Paquita Salas, and the Javis. Film Quarterly 1 June 2018; 71 (4): 41–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.4.41
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