Find yourself at Rancho Notorious at the 1000 £ Bend on Little Lonsdale Street on a Sunday afternoon from 5:30pm, and you will be welcomed to some yummy tapas. My favourite tapas selection as part of the opening event last night at the OUT in SPAIN Film Festival would have to be the spanish olives and the spanish omelette; great flavours. And there was a refreshing glass of sangria available for purchase at $5 a pop; it lasted me the entire night. In the meantime creative jewellery was on display while we were waiting to head up to the theatre upstairs to enjoy a series of short films created by young people.
Head upstairs and you have immersed yourself in another world for just over an hour. A series of short films were on display (although spoken in Spanish, clear English translations were also provided) on Spanish life; how people of various age groups go through life's up and down's in moments of challenge, peace and joy. Such characters included an actor out of work performing on a bus; in tandem with another entertainer finding her feet with a Spanish family working on their weaknesses in order to enjoy a quality dinner. Quite witty, funny and entertaining with a variety of different film genres that just chop and change. Let's hope this new Melbourne event gains some traction, and this could be a regular weekly event on Spanish culture with a bit of socialising to boot. You can either come at 5:30pm or 7:30pm; there are two different time slots available.
This is the current schedule, for the remainder of this festival:
Sunday December 4 5.30pm ¨6 Motivos para dudar de tus amigos¨de Vicente Monsonís (tv movie) 7.30pm Ciro Altabás: " Manual práctico del amigo imaginario" (short film) "Hobby" (film) 2 short films
Sunday December 11 5.30pm Madrid en Corto ¨Best short movies¨ 7.30pm ¨Dripping¨de Vicente Monsonís (film)
Sunday December 18
5.30pm "Friends of Jesus" (film) by Antonio Muñoz de Mesa 7.30pm Short films: " Selection OUT in Spain"
View this great event as a Spanish version of Tropfest, and you have escaped reality for a short period of time. The chair that you are sitting on no longer matters. Bring your sangria or alcoholic drink of your choice in, and your in Spanish and life heaven. True civilisation. Si.