The Spanish Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso from 27 April to 17 May 2017 with a vibrant and exciting programme of films to celebrate the Festival’s 20th edition.
The festival will kick off on 27 April with the sexy and daring Spanish box office hit Kiki, Love to Love. The third film from director Paco León, this hilarious and complex comedy explores love, sex and marriage through five interwoven stories taking place over a long hot summer in Madrid. With León’s work drawing parallels from critics to that of acclaimed Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar, this is the perfect film to open the festival and the party atmosphere will continue with an equally colourful and fun fiesta at Connections Nightclub featuring a taste of Spain from Pinchos and fun tunes from DJ Harvey Rae.
Festival goers can enjoy a drink and Spanish tunes before travelling to 1950s Spain with Penelope Cruz in Fernando Trueba’s ravishing The Queen of Spain. The sequel to Trueba’s 1998 film The Girl of Your Dreams, this comedy-drama premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and takes place during the golden age of Hollywood.
From Rosendo to Rosendo delves even further back in time to chart the history of an enigmatic character, Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who founded a monastery in the 19th century in Western Australia to Christianise the local indigenous people. This documentary commemorates his life through the eyes of a Spanish rock star, also called Rosendo. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with John Kinder, a professor of Italian at the University of Western Australia, and Robert Nixon, composer and organist from the New Norcia Benedictine community.
Other festival highlights include the multi Goya Award-winning The Fury of a Patient Man, the much anticipated debut feature from Spanish actor Raúl Arévalo. This edge-of-your-seat gritty thriller about one man’s unrelenting pursuit for revenge took out four Goya Awards, including Best Film and Best New Director. Straight from this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Summer 1993 is a coming-of-age gem, delicately crafted by Catalan director Carla Simon. This tender film tells the moving tale of a six-year-old orphan girl, who goes to live with her uncle after losing her mother.
The Tip of the Iceberg starring Spanish FF 2013 guest Maribel Verdú, is an investigative thriller set in a high corporate world of corruption and secrets while big budget war epic 1898 Our Last Men in the Philippines, from debut director Salvador Calvo and set in the jungle of the Philippines, dramatises the effects of the colonial war on the Spanish psyche as it fights for its last colony.
The festival will finish on a comedic high with the laugh-out-loud The Trip to Spain. Michael Winterbottom’s postcard to Spain reunites Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in the third chapter of the series The Trip.