The Spanish passion for living life to the full is exuberantly expressed in the programme of the 14th Spanish Film Festival, screening nationally across Australia in May and in Adelaide at Palace Nova Cinemas 26 – 29 May.
Divided into 2 sections, Cine Contemporaneo (Contemporary Spanish Cinema) and Cine en Español (films in Spanish from Latin America), the programme includes a wealth of Australian premieres, a world premiere, films celebrated at Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and San Sebastian and the work of talented filmmakers and actors.
Director Natalia Ortiz says of the festival in 2011, “In our 14th year the cinematic offerings in the third most widely spoken language on earth have provided us with an incredibly strong programme that we are proud to screen nationally. The Cine En Español programme of films in Spanish from Latin America has gone from strength to strength and this year accounts for almost half of the festival programme. Rich with awards and accolades, these films come from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Perú, and Venezuela. I hope that audiences enjoy this selection of the best in contemporary cinema from the Spanish speaking world, and immerse themselves in these stories of life, love, music, food, football, horror and more!”
Winner of Best Screenplay and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, the Australian premiere of The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta) is set to screen centre‐stage for an Opening Night like you have never seen before. The Last Circus is a darkly comic tale of two clowns competing for the love of a beautiful woman. Exploding with energy, this stylish Tarantinoesque genre‐bender received an unparalleled 15 nominations for the 2011 Goya Awards in its native Spain and is sure to get the festival adrenalin pumping.
Following the Opening Night screening will be a Spanish fiesta with drinks, tapas and live entertainment performing an explosive cocktail of Latino rhythm plus the Latino Grooves Samba dancers will perform the vibrant and carnival-style Brazilian Samba!
Spain’s reputation of creating cinema at its most cutting‐edge is exemplified in the programme by the Closing Night salsateca featuring DJ Senorita playing a spicy Latino mix followed by the thriller Julia’s Eyes, produced by Guillermo Del Toro. Starring the beautiful and talented queen of Spanish horror, Belen Rueda (The Orphanage), Julia’s Eyes will leave you on the edge of your seat until the second the festival finishes.
Tickets for all sessions are now available at the box office and online at www.palacenova.com.