Apr 062015


The Spanish Film Festival returns to Australian screens during April and May, with a selection of 38 Spanish language films.

The festival opens with Spanish blockbuster Spanish Affair, a comedic tale mischievously pokes fun at cultural differences as it tracks a young southerner who tenaciously seeks to win the heart of a Basque girl. The festival will close with Damián Szifrón’s Oscar-nominated Wild Tales, a revenge film composed of six rebellious vignettes, which include a deadly case of road rage and a wedding gone very wrong.

Some of the highlights from the programme include:

Marshland – the period police drama was the recipient of 10 Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. Set in 1980 in the repressed southern marshland town of Villafranco del Guadalquivir, an eerie place where everyone holds their cards close to their chest.

The Unexpected Life – some of Spain’s finest actors Javier Cámara (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed, Talk To Her) and Raul Arévalo (Family United, Ghost Graduation) take to the bustling streets of Manhattan as they learn what it means to live and love as a Spaniard in New York City.

They Are All Dead Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) plays Lupe, an agoraphobic Spanish/Mexican former poprocker who is trapped by memories of her youth, and especially by the death of her brother Diego. She’s also having problems connecting with her son. When her mother (Angélica Aragón) discovers she is dying, she is determined to set things to right and On the Day of the Dead, she asks for her departed son Diego’s help…and he responds.
What: The 2015 Spanish Film Festival
When: April-May
Where: Palace cinemas in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane & Adelaide
Tickets & full programme: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/