This year's Spanish Film Festival is intrinsically linked to last year as it opens with a second instalment to last year's opener and box office smash 'Spanish Affair 2'. Palace Cinemas will be exclusively showcasing a great variety of films that'll draw upon a wealth of emotions from you. Stay updated via the Spanish Film Festival's Facebook Page.
The Opening Night film Spanish Affair 2 brings back the same charming cast of last year, but this time there are some clashing Catalans thrown into the mix. It'll enchant you as you helplessly watch the escapades of Koldo and Rafa, the groom of his choice for Amaia, join forces to stop her getting married to a CATALAN!
Why did Rafa and Amaia separate in the first place? With but a few days to the wedding, the fiercely Basque Koldo is going to do his best to prevent Amaia from promising herself to Pau.
It successfully displays the ease and comfort of a lifelong friendship between childhood friends who enjoy an unexpected reunion. One has a serious illness and the other is perplexed as to why his friend would rather put things in order than continue with treatment. One of the things occupying his friend's mind is finding a home for his beloved Staffordshire terrier Truman.
Over four days, the past and the future is explored and revisited. Funny, moving and rather entertaining, it's handled with characteristic sensitivity by the director.
Embrace of the Serpent, the closing night film (not showing in some states) has won countless awards and is cinematically breathtaking. It tells of two European explorers who are searching for a rare flower in the Amazon, that's alleged to have healing properties.
It's based on the real-life journals of Theodor Koch-Grunberg and Richards Evans Schultes, two scientists who over a timeframe of 40 years build a friendship with a native shaman who is the last survivor of his people.
Taken deeper and deeper into a heart of darkness, the black and white cinematography and sound design will draw you into a hypnotic mythical sense of wonder.
Nothing in Return brings with it, festival guest and director of the film, Daniel Guzmán. He'll attend Sydney and Melbourne for the Opening Night events, and also be there for Q&A sessions after select screenings of his film. This debut won him and his cast a swag of awards at the Málaga Film Festival and Goya Awards among others. It's an un-missable coming-of-age story.
Dario is having a hard time in his parent's divorce. Like the meat in a sandwich, he's trapped and caught up in their fighting as they try to turn him against the other. His best friend Luismi is his only outlet and together they do what 16 year olds do; go for joy rides and spy on girls. This is however not enough to distract him and he runs away.
Along the way he befriends a shady mechanic and a sweet granny (the director's actual grandmother) who become his family for the summer. Amidst happy times, some serious lessons lurking beneath the surface in this big wide world may change the course of Dario's life.