Enjoy a refreshing glass of Lolea Sangria or Stella Artois while listening to Spanish tunes before travelling back to 1950’s Spain with Penélope Cruz in Fernando Trueba’s ravishing The Queen of Spain.
Writer/director of the 1994 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film (Belle Epoque), Fernando Trueba reunites with 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 (Penelope 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, Blas Fontiveras (Antonio Resines) 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.
7:15pm: Glass of Lolea Sangria on arrival
8pm: Screening of The Queen of Spain