Spanish Film Festival 2015

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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
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2014 Spanish Film Festival

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Apr 042014

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:


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

2013 Spanish Film Festival

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May 252013

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The 16th Spanish Film Festival, presented by Estrella Damm, will bring a fantastic array of Spanish and Spanish-speaking titles to 7 centres in Australia this June.

In Sydney, the festival will open with Cesc Gay’s A Gun in Each Hand (Una pistola en cada mano) at Palace Verona on 19 June, feature an array of some of Spain’s most popular actors. This year’s closing night event showcases Luis Buñuel’s 1970s classic Tristana, the surrealist masterpiece starring Catherine Deneuve that explores religion, politics and love in a way that marks it as a revolutionary film to this day.

Other highlights include:
*Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba’s (Chico y Rita, Belle Epoque) The Artist and the Model (El artistay la modelo). Nominated for 13 Goya Awards this year including Best Director and Best Picture, this exceptional Spanish production, in the French-language, unfolds in the rural splendour of the French Pyrenees in 1943.
*Days of Grace (Dias de Gracia), a 2011 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or nominee and winner of 8 awards including Best Actor, Best First Work and Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Ariel Awards of Mexico. The gripping crime drama takes place in Mexico set against the backdrop of three soccer world cups (2002, 2006 and 2010).
Festival Dates & Venues
MELBOURNE      12 – 26 June, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth & Kino Cinema,
PERTH                  12 – 26 June, Cinema Paradiso
BRISBANE            13 – 23 June, Palace Centro
ADELAIDE            13 – 23 June, Palace Nova Eastend Cinema
CANBERRA          18 – 26 June, Palace Electric Cinema
SYDNEY               19 June – 3 July, Palace Verona & Chauvel Cinema
BYRON BAY         20 – 26 June, Palace Byron Bay
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Spanish Film Festival 2012: Sleep Tight/Mientras duermes

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Jul 122012

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From Jaume Balagueró, the co-director/co-screenwriter of [Rec] and [Rec] comes a chilling thriller about one man’s obsession and it’s horrifying consequences. Check out my review of Sleep Tight/Mientras duermes after the jump.

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Spanish Film Festival 2012: Wrinkes/Arrugas

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Jul 052012


A depressingly real look at aged-care homes, through the friendship of two residents with very different outlooks on life. Wrinkles is a heart-breaking film, which is a difficult, but extremely worth-while watch. Review after the jump.

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Spanish Film Festival 2012: Chinese Take-Away/Un Cuento Chino

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Jul 022012


Winner of the Argentinian Academy Award for Best Picture and the Goya Award for Best Latin American Film, Chinese Take-Away (Un Cuento Chino) is an amusing a heart-warming story of miscommunication, kindness, and the unpredictability of life.  After the jump check out a review of the film, plus details about the upcoming Spanish Film Festival.

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