The full programme has been announced and tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Spanish Film Festival, to be held over 23 days, across six states and 11 Palace Cinema locations. This year (the festival’s 17th) will give Australian audiences the opportunity to see 30 of the very best and most recent Spanish and Spanish-speaking Latin America Films.
Opening this year’s festival is Living is Easy With Eyes Closed (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados), winner of six 2014 Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Original screenplay. Set in 1966 Spain, Antonio (Javier Cámara I’m So Excited, A Gun In Each Hand, Talk To Her), is a school teacher in the small Spanish town of Albacete, who uses Beatles lyrics to teach his students English. When Antonio learns that Lennon is visiting, he decides to undertake the journey to meet his hero.
Closing the festival is the wild and outrageously funny Witching and Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi), winner of 8 2014 Goya Awards including Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects. Wildly fleeing toward France through the impenetrable Basque forest after a jewel heist, a hapless band of robbers runs afoul of an evil coven of witches led by Marichu (the mighty Terele Pávez), her daughter Graciana (Carmen Maura, Volver), and granddaughter Eva (Carolina Bang).
Other highlights include The Golden Cage, Cannibal, To Fool a Thief and 7th Floor.
For a small taste of the festival, check out the trailer
For the full programme and information about tickets and special events, please visit the official festival website: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/
17TH SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY ESTRELLA DAMM
SYDNEY Tues 29 April – Sun 18 May, Palace Verona and Palace Norton Street
MELBOURNE Wed 30 April – Sun 18 May, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinema
CANBERRA Thu 01 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Electric Cinema
BRISBANE Thu 01 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Centro and Palace Barracks
PERTH Tue 06 May – Wed 21 May, Cinema Paradiso
ADELAIDE Tue 06 May – Wed 21 May, Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
BYRON BAY Thu 08 May – Wed 14 May, Palace Byron Bay