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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | November 29, 2021

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Spanish Film Festival comes to Brisbane

Spanish Film Festival comes to Brisbane
Cameron Turner

Now in it’s 21st year, the annual Spanish Film Festival (SFF) has arrived in Brisbane. This annual event showcases the outstanding talent within Spanish Cinema. With the likes of Javier Bardem and Paco Leon along with some of the great Spanish auteurs, this is an event not to be missed.

With screenings commencing from the 17th April, this line up of on screen talent is jam-packed into twenty-days, showcasing a total of 25 films. Kicking festivities off with a screening of the successful comedy THE TRIBE (La Tribu). In celebration of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, the festival will close on his masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth. And Rightfully so after this visionary filmmaker swept the 2018 Oscars where he took home Best Director as well as Best Film.

Special Screenings of the 2018 Spanish box office success No Filter (Sin rodeos) will include drinks and music beforehand and will take place all across the nation. No Filter includes comedic talent Santiago Segura as he directs Maribel Verdu, a women who is unable to stop speaking her mind. Keeping with the comedic tone is Abracadbra, a side splitting comedy that follows protective fathers as they set out to intimidate their daughters boyfriends.



Turning to the dramatic pieces, The Reel Espanol highlights the newest of Spanish Cinema. Penelope Cruz stars opposite her real life husband Javiar Bardem in Loving Pablo. Based on a best selling memoir, Cruz plays a journalist who falls in love with the Mexican drug lord Pablo Escobar. Raul Arevalo leads an all star cast in GOLD (Oro), a 16th century historical drama that sees a Spanish Army trying to claim a city created with gold.

The next generation of Spain’s finest female directors also showcase their work with four feature film debuts. With Carla Simon’s highly anticipated feature Summer 1993, which has won her a long list of awards including Best New Director and best film at the 2017 Mumbai Film Festival.

In a tribute to internationally recognized director Bigas Luna, a four-film programme which includes his Iberian Portrait Trilogy; Jamon, Jamon, Golden Balls & The Tit and the Moon. Also showcasing the documentary Bigas X Bigas a 2 hour feature based on his video diaries. A panel featuring Professor Santiago Fouz Hernandez and Alfredo Martinez Exposito will be followed after the films showcasing. Drinks and tapas will be served with Spanish guitar music for the events in Melbourne (22 April), Brisbane (29 April) and Sydney (1 May).



The Spanish Film Festival will entertain all across the nation from 17 April to 16 May in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart.

NSW 17 April – 6 May Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central Sydney ACT 18 April – 6 May Palace Electric VIC 19 April – 6 May Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Brighton Bay, The Astor Theatre & Palace Westgarth WA 26 April – 16 May Cinema Paradiso QLD 26 April – 13 May Palace Barracks & Palace Centro James St SA 26 April – 13 May Palace Nova Eastend & Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas TAS 3 May – 9 May State Cinema