The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival full programme has been revealed and includes a sensational line-up of famous faces, including Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez, Paco León and Blanca Portillo along with exciting new talent. The programme of thirty four films consists of twenty-one features from Spain, ten from across Latin America and another three from Australia and the USA, featuring a wide range of genres
Opening the Festival is the Australian Premiere of the much-anticipated Official Competition. Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez star in this ingenious, icy behind-the-scenes satire of moviemaking. Opening night on April 27th includes drinks, tapas, and Spanish music.
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To honour one of the great couples in modern cinema, this year’s festival features a special focus on Oscar Winners Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem with two titles in which they co-star : Jamón Jamón, their first film together which is celebrating its 30th anniversary; and Loving Pablo, based on Virginia Vallejo´s bestselling memoir about her love affair with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar – plus Cruz’s latest collaboration with Pedro Almodovar, Parallel Mothers .
Maixabel features stand out performances from Blanca Portillo and Luis Tosar. It is the story of Maixabel Lasa, the widow of a Basque politician assassinated by ETA who agrees to meet her husband’s murderers in prison. Mediterraneo: The Law of the Sea is based on real events; the gripping drama tells the story of two Spanish lifeguards who travelled to Greece and rescued refugees during the 2015 humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea. Once Upon a Time in Euskadi , is a coming of age story set in the 1980s Basque country at the height of ETA’s reign about a group of 12 year olds who must learn to deal with loss and adversity. Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake, adapted from Cristina Campos’ novel, sees two estranged sisters reunite to sell a bakery they have inherited from a mysterious woman, and in the powerful Ama a mother and daughter are evicted from their home and forced to fend for themselves on the streets.
Thrillers include survival story Beyond the Summit set in the awe-inspiring Himalayas, Skin in Flames, a political thriller based on the award-winning play; The Daughter, a cleverly constructed drama from one of Spain’s most intriguing auteurs Manuel Martín Cuenca; psychological horror The House of Snails starring Javier Rey and Raúl Arévalo and Paz Vega in the story of a married couple trapped in a web of conspiracy and injustice in Wetland. Comedies include: Carpoolers a road movie filled with comical situations and tension, You Keep the Kids starring Paco León and Miren Ibarguren, about a divorcing couple who are trying to convince their children to choose the other parent, and Poyamory for Dummies a spicy comedy about sexuality.
Families and school groups are well catered for with The Kids Are Alright an entertaining comedy and Disney’s Encanto, (2022 Academy Award® Winner of Best Animated Feature Film) the animated story of the Madrigal family who live in the mountains of Colombia.
The Cine Latino programme includes renowned director Fernando Trueba’s Goya award-winning Forgotten We’ll Be a tender family drama that is an adaptation of Héctor Abad Faciolince’s memoir about his father, Colombian professor and campaigner Héctor Abad Gómez. 9 is a drama about fame, money, passion and love, focusing on a successful football player suffering media harassment who seeks escape from his isolated life. From Argentina, Camila Comes Out Tonight an intimate and lively portrait of Argentine youth, and Carajita a potent, compelling drama set in the Dominican Republic about a teenager and her nanny who have a relationship that seems to transcend their class conditions.
Immersion: A suspense-filled thriller starring Chilean star Alfredo Castro, in which a father and his daughter’s day of sailing unravels wildly as they encounter some local fishermen in their sinking boat.
Romantic comedy The Big Love Picture stars Nicolás Furtado and Natalie Pérez as a couple who come to realise that they have fallen out of love; captivating coming-of-age drama The Realm of God and The Year of Fury about two writers who struggle to maintain their integrity under pressure to tone down their political satires against the military in 1970s Uruguay.
There is also a special Mexican Night Event on May 4th featuring a screening of Amalgam, with drinks on arrival.
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Finally, two significant documentaries round out the 2022 line up: Begin Again profiling a global network of women scientists working for planetary sustainability in the Antarctic; and the Australian produced, Our Voices which tells the story of a group of Spanish-speaking migrants who arrived in Victoria between the 1960s and 1980s and showcases their contribution to Australia.
The Moro Spanish Film Festival screens in Adelaide at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas from April 27 to May 18.
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