The related films will explore interconnected aspects of: Surrealism in Paris and Mexico; Spanish Civil War; War refugees in Mexico; the Bicentenary of Mexican Independence from Spain and the Centenary of the Mexican Revolution. Rare Mexican films are included as well as more popular films such as the multi-award-winning Pan's Labyrinth.

The first five films will be shown at Chichester Cinema at New Park on consecutive Sundays at 1pm from 11 July beginning with Macario on the 11 July. A haunting cautionary tale based on a story by B. Traven, Macario was the first Mexican film to be nominated for an Academy award,  As an allegory of Mexico's fraught relationship between Spain and Mexico, it marks the bicentenary of Mexican independence from Spain. Stefan van Raay, Director of Pallant house Gallery and Curator of the Surrealist Friends exhibition, will introduce the film. Mexican-theme food can be ordered at the cinema bar in advance.

Further documentaries will be shown at Pallant House Gallery beginning with Edward James: Builder of Dreams (1995) on Thursday 22nd July 2010, 6pm. This film offers an insight into the artistic legacy of the great Surrealist patron and collector Edward James, and explores his pivotal role in bringing the European avant-garde to the attention of the British public.

Documentaries screened at Pallant House Gallery are free with admission. Please call Pallant House Gallery on +44 (0)1243 774557 to book in advance. Mutual admission benefits apply for Friends of Pallant House Gallery and the Friends of Chichester Cinema at New Park.

For tickets either contact the box office (01243 786650) or book online