Spanish Film Festival 2018

Spanish Film Festival 2018

Spanish Film Festival 2018

The Spanish Film Festival returns to Hobart from May 3rd to 9th bringing you a vibrant range of comedies, enticing dramas and a fun kid's film thrown in for good measure!

The festival will be kicking off with the dance-floor comedy The Tribe, starring Paco León and Carmen Machi, following a “street dancing” cleaning lady reunited with her long-lost son. Other highlights include No Filter, starring Maribel Verdú as a woman who takes a remedy that makes her unable to stop speaking her mind, and the genre-hopping Abracadabra, which is as visually sumptuous as it is entertaining, a desperate housewife’s inattentive husband gets possessed by a ghost in this Almodóvar–esque comedy.

5-Film Festival passes for $80 are now on sale available for purchase at the box office and are redeemable in person or online! State Members can pick up a 5 pass for the special discounted rate of $70.

Programme

Spanish Film Festival - Opening Night - The Tribe

  • Cast
  • Carmen Machi, Paco León, Maite Sandoval, Luis Bermejo
  • Director
  • Fernando Colomo
  • Synopsis
  • The fabulous Carmen Machi plays Virginia, a cleaning lady whose true calling is street dance. She is reunited with the son she gave up for adoption: Fidel, an executive who has lost it all, including his memory after a freak accident. Together with “The Mommies”, the outlandish dance group Virginia’s classmates have formed, mother and son will discover that they may come from very different worlds, but the same rhythm runs in their veins.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 115 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 115 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Operation Golden Shell

  • Cast
  • Jordi Mollà, Karra Elejalde, Bárbara Goenaga, Unax Ugalde, Ramón Agirre
  • Director
  • Antonio Cuadri
  • Synopsis
  • Operation Goldenshell centres on a film production company in the throes of bankruptcy, managed by the unscrupulous Marcos Ruiz de Aldazábal (Elejalde). Taking full advantage of the fact that the annual internationally renowned San Sebastián Film Festival is in full swing, Marcos hatches a plan that lands somewhere between Oceans 12 and The Producers to con a millionaire investor. He hires a lookalike (played by Mollá) to pretend to be the famous “movie star” Ray Silvela – a renowned US actor of Cuban heritage – whom he knows the investor greatly admires.

    It’s the perfect hustle. Fantastically timed plot twists unfold as all the best elements of the hustler genre come together: mobsters, charmers, betrayals, romance, heartbreak and suspense. The all-star cast are clearly having a great time, and as the final pieces slot into place you can’t help but smile at the final surprise.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 99 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 99 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Summer 1993

  • Cast
  • Laia Artigas, Paula Blanco, Etna Campillo
  • Director
  • Carla Simón
  • Synopsis
  • 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. 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 Frida is treated by the local community… Indeed, her life will never be the same.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 98 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • CTC
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 98 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Abracadabra

  • Cast
  • Maribel Verdú, Antonio de la Torre, José Mota,
  • Director
  • Pablo Berger
  • Synopsis
  • Housewife Carmen (the wonderful Maribel Verdú, Y Tu Mamá También) lives with her alpha-male husband Carlos (Antonio de la Torre, The Fury of a Patient Man SFF17) and their daughter Toñi in Madrid. At her nephew’s wedding, Carmen’s cousin Pepe - an amateur hypnotist - tries out his skills on Carlos but the trick goes wrong and Carlos becomes possessed by the spirit of a waiter who murdered seven people at the wedding venue in 1983. Oddly enough Carlos transforms to the antitheses of his normal behaviour: he becomes an attentive husband and doting father. Carmen, although pleasantly surprised, realises something’s up and embarks on an expedition to get her husband back.
  • Classification
  • M, 96 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 96 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Lord Give Me Patience

  • Cast
  • Jordi Sánchez, Rossy de Palma, Megan Montaner, David Guapo
  • Director
  • Álvaro Díaz Lorenzo
  • Synopsis
  • Gregorio is an ultraconservative banker from Madrid, and an ardent supporter of Real Madrid. He and his wife María have (in Gregorio’s old-fashioned view) three disappointing adult children: the eldest Sandra is married to a Catalonian, the middle child Alicia is a free-spirited sweetheart dating an anarchist Andalusian, and Carlos, the youngest is dating a boy from the Basque Country.

    After of the sudden death of María, Gregorio discovers that her last wish was for him, his children and their partners to spend a weekend together to try and smooth their differences. Little does Gregorio know that his children’s various secrets are about to put his already strained capacity for acceptance to the test!
  • Classification
  • CTC, 91 mins
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 91 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Coco in Spanish

  • Cast
  • Luis Ángel Gómez Jaramillo, Gael García Bernal, Marco Antonio Solís
  • Director
  • Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Synopsis
  • Coco in Spanish with no subtitles.

    Coco is the story of young Miguel who wants to become a music legend like his hero, Ernesto de la Cruz. But there's a problem: music has been banned in Miguel's family for years, but no one will quite tell him why. When our hero (accompanied by loyal pooch Dante) accidentally finds himself stuck in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead, he teams up with a charming trickster named Héctor and sets out to discover the truth.
  • Classification
  • PG, 105 mins
  • Consumer Advice
  • PG
  • Genre
  • Comedy, Festivals, Kids
  • Running Time
  • 105 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - No Filter

  • Cast
  • Maribel Verdú, Candela Peña, Diego Martín, Rafael Spregelburd
  • Director
  • Santiago Segura
  • Synopsis
  • Paz, a woman dealing dutifully with a boss who humiliates her, a husband who ignores her, a stepson who doesn’t respect her, and a best friend who doesn’t listen to her. She seeks help from a spiritual healer, but when his herb remedy turns her into an unstoppable truth machine she must learn to strike that delicate balance between pleasing others and taking care of herself.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 88 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 88 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Mist & the Maiden

  • Cast
  • Quim Gutiérrez, Verónica Echegui, Aura Garrido, Roberto Álamo, Marian Álvarez
  • Director
  • Andrés M. Koppel
  • Synopsis
  • On the island of La Gomera, the second smallest of Spain’s Canary Islands, the body of a young man is found amid the thick forest fog. The case closes quickly with the accusation of a local politician who is exonerated in the subsequent trial.

    Three years later when new evidence emerges, Civil Guards Sergeant Bevilaqua and his assistant, Corporal Chamorro arrive from the Peninsula to revive the investigation, accompanied by Corporal Anglada who was the last one to see the young man alive. All the clues still point to the politician, but the detectives must overcome the wall of secrets and lies put up by the island’s inhabitants. This includes their local contact Lieutenant Nava, who begrudges Bevilaqua and Chamorro reopening his closed case.
  • Classification
  • CTC, 104 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 104 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - Loving Pablo

  • Cast
  • Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Peter Sarsgaard, David Valencia, Julieth Restrepo
  • Director
  • Fernando León de Aranoa
  • Synopsis
  • When popular journalist and presenter Virginia (Cruz) first meets Pablo (Bardem) she's enchanted by his charisma, charity work, and the lavish gifts she receives. Over time, her infatuation is replaced by a terrifying awareness. When Pablo declares war against the Colombian government, initiating a period of unprecedented violence, Virginia's career is ruined and she begins to receive death threats. Her only hope is to collaborate with the Americans in dogged pursuit of Escobar.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 125 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 125 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Chess Player

  • Cast
  • Marc Clotet, Melina Matthews, Alejo Sauras
  • Director
  • Luis Oliveros
  • Synopsis
  • It’s 1934 in Spain. We are introduced to Diego Padilla (Clotet) as he is crowned world chess champion. There he meets Marianne Latour (Matthews), a beautiful French journalist and their whirlwind romance culminates in their marriage and the birth of their baby daughter. Compelled by his wife to flee the dangers of the Civil War, Diego escapes with his family to Paris, but when the city falls to Nazi occupation, Diego is falsely accused of being a spy and sent to an SS prison. His chess skills come to the attention of Colonel Maier (Stefan Weinert), a chess enthusiast, and fate offers Diego a chance to see his family again.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 98 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 98 minutes

Spanish Film Festival - The Bastard's Fig Tree

  • Cast
  • Karra Elejalde, Pepa Aniorte, Carlos Areces, Mikel Losada, Andrés Herrera
  • Director
  • Ana Murugarren
  • Synopsis
  • It’s the end of the Spanish Civil War in Gexto, a small town in the Basque Country. Rogelio a trigger-happy fascist becomes convinced that the child of a local teacher he executed will one day be his maker. Rogelio decides the only way to escape the boy’s vengeance is to dedicate the rest of his life to taking care of the fig tree that boy has planted at his father’s gravesite.

    Rogelio’s rigid dedication doesn’t go unnoticed and starts affecting the people surrounding the tree. Including the mayor’s wife, who promotes him as a tourist attraction, his opportunistic neighbour Ermo, who believes there must be treasure under the tree, and Rogelio’s old comrades who want him to leave and stop calling attention to the macabre marker.
  • Classification
  • R18+, 111 mins
  • Genre
  • Drama, Festivals
  • Running Time
  • 111 minutes

 

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