Here’s the queer picks at this month’s 2019 Spanish Film Festival

Spanish lesbian romance Carmen and Lola is one of the queer highlights at the upcoming Spanish Film Festival, returning to Brisbane’s Palace Cinemas next week.

This year’s 22nd annual Spanish Film Festival features a curated program of 32 films from Spain and all around Latin America.


Bilbao-born writer-director Arantxa Echevarría’s Carmen and Lola, which is screening at the festival in Spanish with English subtitles, delivers an empathetic portrayal of forbidden love in a repressive society.

Carmen (Rosy Rodríguez) and Lola (Zaira Romero) live on the outskirts of Madrid in a poor and fiercely Catholic gypsy community where women are expected to marry very young and have many children.

The brash Carmen has no problems with that, and is eagerly preparing for her upcoming wedding, until she comes under the lovestruck gaze of Lola, a rebellious graffiti artist.

At the local open-air market the two girls first lock eyes, unleashing a new love. But as their relationship unfolds, Carmen and Lola will have to battle against a community determined to tear them apart with its strict traditions.

Carmen and Lola is screenign at Palace James Street on Sunday, April 28 and Wednesday, May 1; and at Palace Barracks on Sunday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 14.

This year’s edition of the festival will be further bolstered by the Cine Latino Film Festival sidebar, formerly a separate event previously held in November.

Screening at Cine Latino is Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante’s coming-out drama Tremors.

Upper-class fortysomething Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) is married to the beautiful Isa (Diane Bathen) and father of two young children. But Pablo is ready to reveal a long-held secret: he is in love with another man.

The Spanish Film Festival will come to Palace James Street and Palace Barracks in Brisbane from April 24 to May 15. Visit the website for tickets and the full Brisbane lineup.

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