Festival Guests this year are, Miguel Maestre, Festival Ambassador and our beloved, cheeky, infectious, Spanish Chef, who will intro and attend the reception and screening of Sara Baras, All Her Voices at Palace Norton Street in Sydney on Saturday 29 April at 6pm and at Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne on Sunday 30 April at 5.30pm.
Opening Night (Aust Premiere) - Kiki, Love to Love
The other Festival Guest of note is Actress Natalia De Molina who has gone from strength to strength since winning the 2014 Goya Award for Best New Actress in Living is Easy and continues to champion Spanish cinema in a diverse array of films. Her first visit to Australia, join her at the Opening Night Gala at Palace Norton Street in Sydney on Tuesday 18 April at 7.30pm and the Q&A at the Chauvel Cinema also in Sydney on Wednesday 19 April at 6.30pm. In Melbourne, she'll be at the Opening Night Gala at The Astor Theatre on Thursday 20 April at 7.00pm and the Q&A at the Palace Cinema Como on Saturday 22 April at 6.30pm.
Other Special Events which include Opening and Closing Nights, depending on which State you're in, come with drinks, bocadillo, acoustic live music, Spanish fiesta, flamenco show, Q&A sessions and more. Keep in mind that group bookings mean cheaper tickets for 20 people or more. Check the ratings as a few films are 18 plus. If you're planning on making it a party, the cinemas have function spaces and offer discounted catering prices on a selection of food and drinks. Just give the Group Functions & Events Team a call to make your festival booking.
There's a little something for the kids thrown in, in the form of Ozzy and Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island. Ninety minutes long, Ozzy is an animation that won the Best Animated Feature, Gaudi Awards, 2017. it was also nominated Best Animated Film, Best Sound, and Goya Awards 2017. Ozzy is about a friendly, peaceful beagle whose life is turned topsy turvy when his family go on holidays where no dogs are allowed. Thinking they've left their beloved family pet at a top notch canine spa; Ozzy in reality is locked up in a prison for dogs, posing as a fancy, picture perfect palace. No dog has ever escaped this prison and it's going to take an ingenious plan and moments of hairy hilarity amidst courageous acts to get outta there.
Zip and Zap is a family adventure set during the Christmas festive season. The twins go too far and miss out on a holiday and are forced instead to go on a boring trip with their parents. Discovering their destination is a spectacular remote island where children without families enjoy a paradise with no rules; they are pleasantly surprised. That's until they wake up the next morning to find their parents are missing, and nothing is as it seems. An official selection of the BFI London Film Festival 2016, there's plenty of adventure and excitement for the young ones to enjoy.
Special Event (Aust Premiere) - The Queen of Spain
The Opening Night film is the sexy, saucy, and hilarious Kiki, Love to Love. With provocative scenes of a sexual nature, it's not appropriate for viewers under 18. With a slew of nominations, it won Best Comedy Film, Feroz Awards, 2017. Starring Spain's brightest young actors which includes this year's festival guest Natalia de Molina, the film spans across five separate stories whose charismatic characters all share one thing in common. An unusual impulse that they are unable to suppress. What follows is a hilarious series of adventures where no pleasure can, nor will be denied.
The Closing Night film, The Trip to Spain, has Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon together again in what is the 3rd chapter of the series, The Trip. They continue where they left off on their hilarious travelogue in spectacular locales as they carry on with their spouse-free anecdotal ramblings. Multi-talented performers and mimics, they'll keep you ticking along with their outrageously, childishly funny behaviour. With such a variety of films, you'll be spoilt for choice!