College Film Series to Screen "The Sea Inside"

Join Peninsula College’s Spanish Visiting Professor Paloma Toledo de la Torre and Journalist Anselmo Mancebo from Madrid, Spain, for the screening of Magic of Cinema’s The Sea Inside on Friday, April 19. The film is part of a special program on Spanish movies and culture being hosted by Professor Toledo de la Torre throughout the year.

The Sea Inside will be screened at 7:00 pm in Maier Performance Hall and will be followed by a discussion and Q&A led by Toledo de la Torre and Mancebo. 

The film depicts the true story of Spanish poet Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. He was just 25 years old and working as a ship’s mechanic when he miscalculated a dive from the rocks along the coast of his native Galicia. 

Despite his wish to die, Sampedro was able to teach the people he met about the meaning and preciousness of life, with the result that two very different women fell in love with him. One was a lawyer who supported his cause, and the other a local woman who tried her best to convince Sampedro that life is worth living, no matter the cost.

In his Amazon review, Jeff Shannon calls the film “a thoughtful meditation on life and love as gifts to be cherished, and a challenging drama that begs each viewer to examine their own personal beliefs about what makes life worth living.”

The Sea Inside won the 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and 14 Goya Awards, including those for Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

Alejandro Amenábar, who directed the film, also edited, scored, co-wrote and co-produced the film.

The film is cosponsored by the Peninsula College Longhouse “House of Learning.”

General admission to the film is $5 or free with a student ID. 

Spanish Conversation:

Do you love movies?  Want to practice your Spanish?

Everyone is welcome to join Spanish Visiting Professor Paloma Toledo de la Torre and Journalist Anselmo Mancebo from Madrid, Spain for this special opportunity:

Watch the Film:  The Sea Inside, Alejandro Amenábar, Spain. In Spanish with English Subtitles.  Discussion in English with introduction and insights from Paloma and Anselmo.  Don't miss Javier Bardem in this award-winning film!  (You can join in for film only)

Practice your Spanish:  Every Tuesday starting 4/16, join in for Spanish conversation related to the film.  You'll improve your skills, gain cultural insights, and discuss the themes.

* Spanish Conversation: Tuesdays, April 16 - May 14, 12:30-1:30, Keegan Hall M131

* Movie screening:  Friday, April 19, 7-9:00pm, Maier Performance Hall


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