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An Old Country With a Young Soul



    Amongst tapestries centuries old and gilded paintings, guests at the Embassy of Spain were introduced to the new generations of young creative talent via the spring 2011 Spanish cultural program.

    “For us, this is a special day,” said Ambassador Jorge Dezcallar, “not only for the the new cultural program, but because Spain has much to offer. And, well, I don’t want to brag but [we also have] a lot of creative energy,” he added, referring to the dramatic World Cup win by Spain over the Netherlands in the 116th minute, when Andres Iniesta scored a goal and it ended at 1-0. Niteside was at the embassy then and offers a look back here.

    Spain is a country that boasts some of the most brilliant artists in the world, from Dali to Goya. Since the recovery of democracy in 1976, though, Spain has experienced a creative boom in everything from fashion and music to architecture and filmmaking.

    One has only to look at director/producer Pedro Almodovar... who gave us Penelope Cruz, known in Spain as the ‘Spanish Enchantress’... who married Javier Bardem of "No Country for Old Men" for which he won an Oscar for best supporting actor and who is currently nominated for his third Oscar for his role in "Biutiful." Got that?

    The guest of honor was HRH the Infanta Cristina who is married to Inaki Urdangarrin. Jointly they are referred to as the Dukes of Palma de Mallorca. He is the Chairman of Telefonica USA and she is the second daughter of the King Juan Carlos.

    Spanish films will be featured in the annual D.C. International Film Festival from April 7-17.

    Pictured above: HRH the Infanta Cristina and The Ambassador of Spain