The London Spanish Film Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary from September 25 to October 3 offering – at both the Ciné Lumière and the Instituto Cervantes – a wealth of film screenings, talks, tertulias, book presentations and Q&As with filmmakers and actors. It will all be about films that will astonish, educate, fascinate, grip or simply entertain you.
This year we are pleased to present some really delightful comedies, such as our hilarious opening film, Tres bodas de más, and Sánchez Arévalo’s latest comedy-drama, La gran familia española.
Some films will offer glimpses into every-day life in Spain, such as Historias de Lavapiés or Os fenomenos. Others will examine the current situation in Spanish cinema, as well as its future (our Love Letter to Cinema section).
The relationship between food and film is something that has often been explored in cinema over the last few years – both in Spain and beyond. This year we are delighted to offer you some more “culinary cinema”, with The Food Guide to Love and El somni.
Our Sixth Catalan Window will once more offer a glimpse into what has been produced in Catalonia – and the wealth of talent and craft there – with a small but strong selection of films such as producer Lluis Miñarro’s first feature film, Stella Cadente, or Pau Teixidor’s tense thriller Purgatorio.
The strength of Basque cinema will be celebrated in our Fifth Basque Window, offering – among other long and short films – Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, another demonstration of Álex de la Iglesia’s distinctive and fascinating style. There will also be a special session with the screening of three short films showing two American filmmakers’ vision of the Basque Country: Orson Welles and Cyrus Sutton.
Sophisticated but controversial, Vicente Aranda is one of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers, and his films – exploring such themes as jealousy, sexual desire or complex social issues – have become cinematic classics. Taking the Prada brothers’ documentary, Vicente Aranda: 50 años de cine, as a starting point, we have dedicated a special feature to him. In it we explore some of the most important films of his career.
Last but not least, once again we have a treasure from the archives, which this year will be La vida en un hilo, a delightful screwball comedy by Hollywood devotee Edgar Neville, with Conchita Montes, one of Spain’s most popular actresses in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Additionally, 25 guests will be attending the festival and presenting their films to the British audience. We are delighted to be accompanied by:
Victoria Abril, Amantes (actress)
Leonor Watling,The Food Guide to Love (actress)
Dominic Harari and Teresa de Pelegri, The Food Guide to Love (directors)
Hugo Silva, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (actor)
David Marqués, Dioses y perros (director)
Lluis Miñarro, Stella cadente (director)
Ventura Pons, Ignasi M. (director)
Ignasi Millet Bonaventura, Ignasi M. (subject)
Quim Gutiérrez, ¿Quién mató a Bambi? (actor)
Alfonso Zarauza, Os fenómenos (director)
Ramón Luque, Historias de Lavapiés (director)
Sandra Collantes and Lida Cardona, Historias de Lavapiés (actresses)
Pau Teixidor, Purgatorio (director)
Martiño Rivas, Tres bodas de más (actor)
Montserrat Roig de Puig, Meeting Sarah Jessica (actress)
Andrea Trepat, Todo parecía perfecto (actress)
Javier Prada, Vicente Aranda: 50 años de cine (director)
Leticia Dolera, Violet (actress)
Luiso Berdejo and Dario Troiani, Violet (director and producer)
Daniel San Román and Hugo Serra, BARATOmetrajes 2.0. El futuro del cine hecho en España (co-directors)
Adriana Páramo (filmmaker and speaker after Double Bill)
Film screenings and events will take place at Ciné Lumière and Instituto Cervantes.
The London Spanish Film Festival is organised by Tristana Media in collaboration with the Institut Français, the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes.
For the full programme go to: www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com