Spanish Film Festival 2017

Spanish Film Festival 2017

Spanish Film Festival 2017

This year's Spanish Film Festival kicks off on Thursday May 11 with the saucy comedy Kiki, Love to Love – get into the fiesta mood with a complimentary glass of Torres Wine on arrival.

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Programme

Spanish Film Festival Opening - Kiki, Love to Love

  • Cast
  • Natalia de Molina, Álex García, Paco León, Belén Cuesta, Ana Katz, Candela Peña, Alexandra Jiménez, Luis Callejo
  • Director
  • Paco León
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    To celebrate opening night, join us for a glass of Torres Wine before the screening.
    A scorching summer heatwave intensifies the desires of a collection of Madrid lovers in this playful, provocative and award-winning comedy that features Spain’s brightest young actors abd became a massive sleeper hit at the Spanish box office in 2016.
    Across five separate stories, Kiki: Love to Love’s charismatic characters all share one thing in common: an unusual impulse that they are unable to suppress. Determined to shed the self-imposed inhibitions prompted by their desires, these madrileños embark on an hilarious series of adventures in which no pleasure can – nor will - be denied.
    Freely adapted from Josh Lawson’s The Little Death, the Aussie source proves to be a perfect match for the handsome, adorable and slightly daffy persona of Goya-nominated writer/director & star, Paco León.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 102 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 102 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Fury of a Patient Man

  • Cast
  • Antonio de la Torre, Luis Callejo, Ruth Díaz, Raúl Jiménez
  • Director
  • Raúl Arévalo
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Winning Best Picture, Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay at the 2017 Goya Awards, The Fury of a Patient Man is Raúl Arévalo’s breathtaking directorial debut, a thriller about a man who has waited years to avenge a crime everyone else has forgotten.
    Right from the beginning the film grips the audience, as we’re thrust into the aftermath of a jewelry store robbery that has left the owner comatose, a female sales clerk dead and the getaway driver in hot pursuit by police. Eight years later, the imprisoned driver, Curro (Luis Callejo) has become a rage-filled man. His girlfriend Ana (Ruth Díaz) lives alone with their son and spends her days bartending in Madrid, where an unassuming regular José (Antonio de la Torre, Cannibal, Volver), keeps her company. Alone at night, however, José obsessively watches CCTV footage of the robbery. The simmering rage of both men finally boils over when Curro returns, expecting to restart his life but instead finding everything has changed.
    With distinct echoes of the western genre, Arévalo’s precise and unrelenting revenge thriller is deservedly being marked as one of Spain’s best.
  • Classification
  • MA15+, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, Thriller
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - To Steal From a Thief

  • Cast
  • Marcel Borràs, Oriol Pla, Núria Prims, Bruna Cusí, Terele Pávez
  • Director
  • Agustí Villaronga
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Valencia: the Spanish capital of corruption. Six armed men attempt what should be a cut-and-dry bank heist but nothing goes to plan.
    Director Daniel Calparsoro (Combustion) and writer Jorge Guerricaechevarrí (My Big Night) set off an avalanche of possibilities as hostages are taken, police swarm the rain-soaked streets and the existence of a safe is disclosed, which contains something far more precious than jewels and cash. The implications reach to the upper echelons of government, even rocking the stability of the country.
    With hints of Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon in its central plot, the sympathy one feels for its hapless criminals largely recalls Lumet’s classic, the robbers too ignorant to be the real villains. This is a muscular example of strong ensemble acting and intrigue that keeps the stakes high until its concluding moments.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 116 mins
  • Genre
  • Festivals, Romance, War
  • Running Time
  • 116 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Summer 1993

  • Cast
  • Laia Artigas, Paula Blanco, Etna Campillo
  • Director
  • Carla Simon Pipó
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Carla Simón’s autobiographical jewel is one of the most evocative and affecting depictions of childhood seen in years, and marks the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.
    In the summer of 1993, following the death of her parents, six-year old Frida is forced from bustling Barcelona to the Catalan provinces to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians. Country life is a challenge: aside from the emotional upheaval, the nature that surrounds her is mysterious, if not dangerous. She also has a new little sister, of whom she must take care, and deal with new feelings such as jealousy. But it is the source of her parents’ passing that casts a shadow over how she is treated by the local community… Indeed, Frida’s life will never be the same.
  • Classification
  • Not yet rated, 98 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 98 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Bar

  • Cast
  • Cees Nooteboom, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Nélida Piñón, Ludovico Einaudi
  • Director
  • José Luis López-Linares
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Genre maestro Álex de la Iglesia plays to his strengths in this darkest of dark comedies. It’s a morning just like any other in one of Madrid’s popular squares. A few passers-by are sitting in a bar having a quick breakfast while others enjoy their first drink of the day. Suddenly, one of the customers is shot as he is leaving the bar. Another customer rushes to his aid but he too is fatally wounded. With the gunman threatening to liquidate anyone who leaves, the regulars try to determine the rationale behind their being targeted. Is the killer outside, or could the perpetrator be in the bar itself? Anyone here could be the murderer and anyone their next victim. Caught between blind terror and confidence, egotism and solidarity, they struggle to survive amidst outbursts of greed, hatred and helpfulness.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 84 mins
  • Genre
  • Documentary, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 84 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Distinguished Citizen

  • Cast
  • Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio, Nora Navas, Manuel Vicente, Belén Chavanne, Gustavo Garzón, Julián Larquier, Emma Rivera, Marcelo D’Andrea
  • Director
  • Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    What could be better than winning the Nobel Prize for Literature? For Barcelona novelist Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martínez) everything, as it turns out. To become part of the establishment and someone whose work everyone can agree on, signals, for him, the end of his career. Opening with his hilariously ungracious speech as he accepts the award in Stockholm, the film jumps forward five years where we find the taciturn author turning down every award that comes his way. But when a curious offer appears, to accept the "Distinguished Citizen" award from the small Argentinian backwater of Salas, Mantovani's birthplace (and the inspiration for much of his fiction), the writer senses a chance to reconnect with his roots and maybe even find inspiration in a town he hasn't stepped foot in for over 40 years.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 117 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 117 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Queen of Spain

  • Cast
  • Penélope Cruz, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Javier Cámara, Ana Belén
  • Director
  • Fernando Trueba
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Writer-director Fernando Trueba re-unites his all-star cast from The Girl of Your Dreams (1998) for its lavish sequel, which picks up 20 years later in Franco’s Spain.
    After becoming a Hollywood star, the sultry Macarena Granada (Penélope Cruz) returns to Madrid to film a sweeping, big-budget Hollywood costume drama on the life of Queen Isabella. When the director of her previous film is arrested and sentenced to work in a labour gang building Franco’s stone cross monument, Granada and her crew hatch a foolhardy plan to rescue him.
    Featuring beloved musical stalwart Mandy Patinkin and Cary Elwes (both from The Princess Bride) and renowned star of stage and screen Clive Revill (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), The Queen of Spain is an artful rendering of breathtaking costumes, rich visuals and madcap fun, unpredictably melding Hollywood’s studio system of the 1950s with that of fascist-era Spain.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 128 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 128 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - 1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines

  • Cast
  • Luis Tosar, Javier Gutiérrez, Eduard Fernández, Álvaro Cervantes, Karra Elejalde
  • Director
  • Salvador Calvo
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    ‘Epic’ is one word that springs to mind in describing this grand-scale, big-budget historical adventure, which champions the Spanish Empire’s last stand in The Philippines in 1898 by 50 patriots in a remote jungle village.
    The feature film directing debut of Salvador Calvo, this is a valiant tale of bravery and utter fortitude as these Spanish ‘soldiers’ barricade themselves in a church for close to a year while suffering all manner of misery and illness, as well as the continual onslaught of the country’s native Tagalogs.
  • Classification
  • E18+, 115 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals, War
  • Running Time
  • 115 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Sara Baras: All Her Voices

  • Cast
  • Sara Baras, José Serrano, Tim Ries, Concha Baras
  • Director
  • Rafa Molés, Pepe Andreu
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Sara Baras is a living legend Spain, a diminutive dancer with an unparalleled skill and passion for flamenco. This documentary takes us inside the preparations for her most recent creative work “Voces”; a tribute to the history of flamenco and the great artists who have preceded and inspired her, a work that has toured around the world including to Melbourne in 2016.
    “Voces is born out of the freedom of a flamenco heart,” says Baras, “A heart that dances to its own music, that beats to its own rhythm.” Her rule-breaking path through the traditional world of flamenco is aptly portrayed in “Voces”, a flamenco show about flamenco masters who were revolutionary and criticized in their time and yet are exalted today. During the world tour of her show through Spain, France, Mexico and the United States, we get to know Sara Baras, as her art, her personality and her values contrast with these very diverse societies.
  • Classification
  • E, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Documentary, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - A Stroke of Luck

  • Cast
  • Carmen Machi, Macarena García, Carmen Ruiz, Carlos Santos, Belén Cuesta, Antonio Pagudo, Arturo Valls
  • Director
  • Nacho G. Velilla
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    The second-biggest Spanish release of the year and a comedy based on true events! Luck seems to be smiling on the nearly bankrupt small-town of Villaviciosa de al Lado when a group of local men win the lottery. With the town’s one claim to fame – a 200-year-old spa – on the verge of closure, the winning ticket could be the salvation the town desperately needs.
    The win turns out to cause more problems than it solves because the men bought the winning ticket at the local brothel and can't cash it in without their wives discovering they’d been there! With all eyes on the men and the national news in town to interview them, the hapless lot try to solve their predicament by hatching a plan to steal the money from the brothel’s ruthless owner Mari (Carmen Machi).
  • Classification
  • E18+, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Trip to Spain

  • Cast
  • Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Marta Barrio
  • Director
  • Michael Winterbottom
  • Synopsis
  • Spanish Film Festival
    Michael Winterbottom’s postcard to Spain reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in the third chapter of the series The Trip. They pick up where they left off in The Trip to Italy and continue with semi-fictional, spouse-free raconteurial ramblings and a tour of some of the best restaurants in Spain for the UK’s Observer. Their hilarious travelogue and improvisational riffs on parenting and enduring middle age take place in spectacular locales such as Cantabria, the Basque region, Aragon, Rioja, Castile-La Mancha and Andalusia.
    If listening to multi-talented performers and mimics, Rob Brydon (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Steve Coogan (Philomena), riff on Mick Jagger doing an impression of Michael Caine over a sun-drenched, al fresco lunch in Spain takes your fancy, then The Trip to Spain has you covered.
  • Classification
  • E15+, 95 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 95 minutes

 

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