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Isla Bonita (by Spanish Film Festival)

The annual Spanish Film Festival Festival returns to Sydney in April with an exciting mix of drama, thrills, comedy and romance in over 30 Spanish and Catalan-language cinema events. This celebration of Spanish culture, continued for almost 2 decades, features award winning films, special guests, Latin American cuisine and cocktails and Q&A sessions with directors and actors.

The films, all using English subtitles, are playing at the Palace Norton Street in Leichhardt and the Palace Verona in Paddington. The films begin throughout the day, from 11.30am to 8.45pm.

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Embrace of the Serpent (by Spanish Film Festival)

The special guests include Daniel Guzmán, the award-winning actor in Nothing in Return, SBS football analyst Craig Foster, and the director and producer of A Ticket to your Life.

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Barca Dreams (by Spanish Film Festival)

It's difficult to choose from the dozens of events at the Festival from 12 April – 1 May. Don't miss these top 5 events of the Festival:

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Spanish Affair 2 (by Spanish Film Festival)

Spanish Affair 2
The sequel to last year's No. 1 Box Office movie in Spain, this comedy playfully explores the tensions between Spanish and Catalan cultures as a couple resolve to marry, prompting their frustrated friends and family to find ways to spoil the romance. This anticipated film part of the opening night festivities, beginning with live acoustic music and concluding with a Spanish party continuing into the early hours. To book tickets at one of the 11 session times, view the schedule here.

Embrace of the Serpent
The spectacular cinematography will transport you into the wilds of the Amazon, following the trail of European explorers in search of a flower with healing properties. As they delve deeper into the jungle with a native shaman, the last survivor of his South American tribe. A film reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, Medicine Man and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, this dangerous adventure evokes a sense of wonder at an extraordinary world. The striking imagery and haunting sound create an experience which resulted in an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. This film is the feature at the closing night event. Book tickets here.

Isla Bonita
Proof that the Spanish can match Woody Allen's insights into relationships and romance, the actor-director Fernando Colomo stars as a divorced filmmaker confronting a mid-life crisis and tested by romance in the tropical Balearic Islands. He suddenly finds the gift of spontaneous life, rediscovering feelings he'd almost forgotten. The dynamic and amusing adventures capture the sense of freedom and joy we should all enjoy on holiday. To book tickets at one of the 10 session times, view the schedule here.

Barça Dreams
This documentary tells the story of FC Barcelona, one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the world. With the club's 115-year history and long list of innovators and superstars, including Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández and super-coach Pep Guardiola, it's values are now part of Catalan identity. This football fan's dream shows the possibilities when we can achieve our childhood dreams. An inspiring piece of sporting cinema. To book one of the 4 sessions, visit here.


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Truman (by Spanish Film Festival)

Two childhood friends reunite unexpectedly when one suffers a terminal medical diagnosis. As they react to the situation in very different ways, their friendship grows stronger while they resolve the serious and the inane complications in our final days. This comedic drama scooped the major Goya and Gaudi 2016 film awards. To book tickets at one of the 12 session times, view the schedule here.

To view the full film and event listing, visit

Tickets start at $19.50 for adults with discounts for Palace Club Members and multi-film purchases.
To view the full pricing information, visit
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Why? Experience the best of Spanish Cinema in Sydney
When: Various mid-morning, afternoon and evening session times.
Phone: Palace Norton Street (02) 9564 5620; Palace Verona (02) 9360 6099
Where: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona
Cost: From $19 for adults with great discounts for Palace Club Members and multi-film purchases.
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