Once again and for the 12th year, the London Spanish Film Festival returns (22 – 29 September 2016) with a selection of some of the best recent films from Spain including feature films as well as documentaries and shorts.
Once again and for the 12th year, the London Spanish Film Festival returns (22 – 29 September 2016) with a selection of some of the best recent films from Spain including feature films as well as documentaries and shorts. As last year, some of the films will be in competition (marked **) and the winner will be decided by a Jury: DAVINA CATT, ALASDAIR FLIND, GARETH HARRIS, MICHAEL ROBINSON and FEDERICO SPOLETTI.
The London Spanish Film Festival launches its 12th edition with an extraordinary line-up of recent Spanish films, most of them UK premieres and a unique opportunity to watch them in London. From enigmatic thrillers to fresh comedies, from poetic dramas to international co-productions, documentaries and promising shorts, this year’s line-up offers an insight into the compelling variety of Spanish cinema and its artists.
They will open with the much acclaimed ‘La novia’, Paula Ortiz’s second film, based in Federico García Lorca’s classic Bodas de sangre. The closing film, ‘Endless Night’, is Isabel Coixet’s international production, which opened last year’s Berlin International Film Festival, starring Juliette Binoche and Rinko Kikuchi, a superb, intimate portrayal of the relationship between two women belonging to two opposite worlds.
They have announced that Ana Rodríguez Rosell, is coming to the festival with her second film, ‘Falling,’ an international production in which she’s worked again with Emma Suárez and Birol Ünel. The three of them will be on stage to present the film.
Another co-production they are presenting is Fernando León de Aranoa’s ‘A Perfect Day’, featuring an extraordinary international cast challenged by the Balkans war effects in this comedy-drama. Blanca Portillo will join the festival introducing Lydia Zimmermann’s documentary ‘María Conversa’ and talk with Prof. Maria Delgado.
At the Basque Window they have invited filmmaker Asier Altuna, whose work we have been featuring for several years, to present his female led film ‘Amama‘. Veteran Imanol Uribe will present ‘Lejos del mar’, a film about the absence and vengeance feelings provoked by an ETA act of terrorism, and Bárbara Goenaga will present ‘Pikadero‘, by the Welsh, Basque Country-based, Ben Sharrock. Model and actor Jon Kortajarena will present the short ’36 Hours’ and ‘Acantilado’.
The 8th Catalan Window will bring the fresh but solid debut of four film students, ‘Les amigues de l’Àgata’, and a drama about the youths who participated in the last big battle of the Spanish Civil War, ‘Ebre’, which will be presented by the historian and Hispanist Paul Preston.
Also the LSFF in partnership with the BFI will present ‘El Sur‘, Víctor Erice’s masterpiece about loss and memory, which is part of Pedro Almodóvar’s carte blanche for the BFI full retrospective.