Dios m√≠o! It’s that time of year again, the Spanish Film Festival is back – bringing with it a fiesta of film that will travel across seven Australian cities.
This year’s festival features 30 films that range from stylish dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies. The programme has been broken down into three categories: Reel Espa√±ol – fifteen films from Spain; Reel Colaboraci√≥n – six international co-productions; and Reel Latino – nine Spanish-language films from Latin America.
The Festival is set to open on April 29 in Sydney, and if you’re after a little assistance in navigating this year’s impressive line up, here are some of our favourites.
Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
The opener for this year’s festival is a charming coming of age tale based on a true story. It’s 1966 and small town school teacher (Javier C√°mara) makes use of the lyrics from Beatles songs to teach his students English. When he finds out that his idol, John Lennon, will be filming How I Won The War in Almeria, he sets out on an epic road trip to meet him – picking up two runaways along the way. This heart-warming and nostalgic film cleaned up at the 2014 Goya Awards – winning best film, director and lead actor amongst others.
Director Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s crowd funded second feature is a stylish and deeply unsettling look at the complexities of teenage relationships. The film has gained a cult following in its native Spain and is cleverly targeted at savvy teens and 20-somethings. The story plays out over one single night and the following morning, beginning when a teen professes his love to a girl who at first refuses his advances. The second part of the film takes a chilling turn when the consequences of the lies the two have exchanged the night before become clear.
If it seems as though we keep steering you down the ‘creepy’ road, we’re sorry – but we simply couldn’t overlook the chilling psychological thriller Cannibal. This unnerving noir tale follows Carlos (Antonio de la Torre), a prestigious yet shy tailor, who also happens to be a cannibalistic serial killer. This minimalist thriller leaves most of its violence to take place off-screen, as the audience is introduced to Carlos’ predilection for killing young, foreign women. When he meets the twin sister of one of his victims, an unexpected love story develops. This sumptuous and beautifully shot film was winner of the Best Cinematography at the 2014 Goya Awards.
Witching and Bitching
The Festival’s closing night sees Director √Ålex de la Iglesia – who is no stranger to mixing comedy with horror – deliver an outrageously black comedy. The story centres on a group of hapless thieves who stumble upon a coven of witches whilst fleeing from a jewellery heist. De la Iglesia’s previous work includes the quirky Common Wealth and The Day of the Beast, and he continues to deliver here with top-shelf production resulting in a zany spectacle of a film. Witching & Bitching swept eight categories at last year’s Goya awards – including Best Supporting Actress, Best Special Effects and Best Art Direction.
Blue and Not So Pink
This emotional and absorbing drama was the recent winner of the Goya Award for best Ibero-American film, and packs a heavy punch. Dealing with issues such a homophobia, adolescent love, transgendering and domestic violence amongst others, the film is at its centre a story about love and relationships. It follows the life of Diego, a young and successful photographer whose life is thrown into turmoil by a tragic accident that leaves his committed partner, Fabrizio, in a coma.
We have 5 double passes to the Spanish Film Festival to giveaway, valued at $39 each and valid in NSW, Victoria, ACT, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. For your chance to win simply complete the form below and tell us in 25 words or less which film you’re most excited about in this year’s line-up and why?
Competition closes 12pm Monday 28 April.
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For tickets and more information on the other films of the Spanish Film Festival 2014 visit the website HERE.
Spanish Film Festival 2014 date:
Sydney: April 29 – May 18
Melbourne: April 30 – May 18
Brisbane: May 1 – May 14
Canberra: May 1 – May 14
Adelaide: May 6 – May 21
Perth: May 6 – May 21
Byron Bay: May 8 – May 14