Big stars, eroticism, comedy and the return of the god Pan feature in the annual celebration of Spanish film
The 22nd annual Spanish Film Festival arrives this year with one big change — the Cine Latino film festival (which used to run in November) has been added to the run of films, providing an enriched experience for those who want to get their Spanish-speaking film fix in one place.
On top of that, the biggest Spanish film of the year and Best Film at the Goya Awards (the Spanish Oscars), Campeones (Champions), is opening the festival nationwide. Javier Fesser’s feelgood piece is about an arrogant basketball coach who is obliged to train a team of people with disabilities. Javier Gutiérrez Álvarez (Marshland, The Motive) plays the coach in a movie based on the true story of the Aderes team in Valencia, who won 12 championships between 1999 and 2014.
A highlight from Mexican director Alejandra Márquez Abella, Las Niñas Bien (The Good Girls) is centred around the wives of upper-class Mexican businessmen during the economic downturn of the early 1980s and provides an insight into the pressure and power of wealth and status, and what happens when that world comes crumbling down.
Natalia Oreiro stars in Argentinian comedy Re Loca (Super Crazy), about a downtrodden copywriter who takes a remedy that makes her unable to stop speaking her mind. Goya Award-winning director Carlos Marqués-Marcet’s latest effort Els Dies Que Vindran (The Days to Come) details the complicated situation of lovers falling pregnant while hardly knowing each other. Fun fact about the actors on screen — real-life couple María Rodríguez was actually pregnant with partner David Verdaguer during the filming of the film, with her on-screen gestation tracked in real time.
If you’re up for something a little more dramatic, catch Petra from Jamie Rosales in which a grieving artist who suspects that a famous and ruthless artist may be her father. Rosales was featured at the Director’s Fortnight last year at Cannes.
Screenings take place at the Astor Theatre, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, Kino and Palace Balwyn, and the full program of 32 films and tickets will be revealed from Wednesday, March 27.
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