The Spanish Film Festival is fast approaching and this year’s program will bring a wealth of emotions with dramas, romances, thrillers and major box-office hit comedies from across Spain. (We also have 10 double passes to give away – see below!)
The festival will open with the sequel to last year’s opener and box office smash Spanish Affair 2, adding more laughs and new twists to the relationship saga. Audiences enjoying the opening night film and party will find out what made the sequel – which again teams director Emilio Martínez Lázaro and with stars Clara Lago and Dani Rovira – the highest-grossing film of 2015 at Spanish theatres.
Other highlights include:
Surrender to a breathtaking cinematic odyssey through the Amazon on Closing Night with drink in hand and Ciro Guerra’s multi awardwinning, Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent. The film follows the quests of two European explorers in search of a rare flower alleged to have healing properties – not to be missed on the big screen.
Nothing in Return is the, first feature film by actor and director Daniel Guzman. The film is a coming of age tale of 16-year-old Darío, struggling with his parents’ divorce, decides to run away with his neighbour Luismi. Together with Luismi, these two individuals will become Darío’s family for the summer. But underneath all the happy times, lurks some serious lessons set to change the course of Darío’s life. NOTHING IN RETURN will be followed by a 30 min Q&A with award-winning director Daniel Guzmán
Fer is invited to sun- kissed Menorca for the summer by his friend Miguel Ángel, played by Spanish ad exec and writer Miguel Ángel Furones and there he meets Nuria, an anti-establishment sculptress (artist Nuria Román), and her daughter Olivia (actress Olivia Delcán). Living with different acquaintances and new friends will bring Fer a new perspective on life and love, and a connection with a majestic environment that will awaken his senses.
In one of Penélope Cruz’s finest-ever performances, the beloved actress powerfully depicts a woman experiencing major life challenges with an indefatigable dignity, persevering in the only way she knows how. Magda (Cruz) is separated from her husband and is entirely dedicated to young son Dani (Teo Planell), her pride and joy. Her world is upended when she is diagnosed with breast cancer, but she refuses to be defined by it. During her treatment she meets soccer scout Arturo (Luis Tosar), who is contending with changes and loss of his own. A relationship develops between the two, and as they support one another through hardships and treatment, their love gives life to – and joy in – events that are both unexpected and illuminating.
This will be the Australian premiere of Spanish director Cesc Gay’s TRUMAN. Cleaning up at the Gaudí Awards in Barcelona, the film picked up six awards including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Film. The wise, wistful and well- observed film about two friends enjoying a reunion in the shadow of darker circumstances reunites the director with stars Ricardo Darín and Javier Cámara. TRUMAN has screened at the Toronto, San Sebastian and Pusan Film Festivals to great acclaim and is nominated for six Goya Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor.
When: Wed 13 April – Sun 1 May
Where: PALACE CINEMA COMO, KINO CINEMAS & PALACE WESTGARTH
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