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El Desencanto

  • Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain 2801 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

The Embassy of Spain, along with writer Aaron Shulman, will host a screening of the 1976 Spanish cult classic documentary El Desencanto, directed by Jaime Chávarri.

El Desencanto (The Disenchantment)

  • Directed by Jaime Chávarri, Spain, 1976, 97 minutes.

  • In Spanish with English subtitles.

The film explores the lives of the strange, tormented, and brilliant Panero family, whose story Shulman tells in his new book, The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco/HarperCollins, March 2019). A discussion with Aaron Shulman and Xabier Fole Varela will follow the screening.

About Aaron Shulman

Aaron Shulman is the author of The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain's Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War. His work has appeared in publications including The Believer, The American Scholar, The New Republic, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Shulman first lived in Spain while studying abroad and moved back in 2010 after falling in love with a Spanish woman. There, he published pieces about Spanish culture, social movements, and the economic crisis. In 2012, he watched El Desencanto, the 1976 documentary about the Panero family, and from that night onward became hopelessly obsessed. He now lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.

About Xabier Fole Varela

Xabier Fole Varela holds a BA in Audiovisual Communication from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria of Madrid, as well as an M.A. in Spanish and an M.A. in History (with a concentration in Intellectual History of the United States) from City College of New York (CUNY). After graduating, he worked as a scriptwriter and producer at NY1 Noticias (24-hour news television channel in New York City). He also worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times. His articles have appeared in publications such as Fronterad and ABC Cultural. Currently, he writes a weekly column for Faro de Vigo. His primary research interests include ideological conversion, nationalism, politics of memory, and intellectual history.


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How to get there: The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).