From April 19 to May 8, Palace Cinemas will play host to the 2016 Spanish Film Festival where the best of Spain’s cinematic artistry will be on display for all to see. Bound to stir all emotions with its catalogue of drama, thrills, comedy and romance, this year’s festival promises to out-do its predecessor in every way imaginable.
Opening night this year belongs to ‘Spanish Affair 2’, the sequel to the number one Spanish box-office hit ‘Spanish Affair’, which promises to charm audiences with its unique sense of spicy humour. As is tradition with the opening night festivities, the film will be followed by the official afterparty which will include live entertainment and a selections of Torres Wines and Alhambra Beer.
Acclaimed comedy ‘Sidetracked’ is an outrageous laugher loaded with tongue-in-cheek wit and a healthy smattering of gross-out gags. A midlife crisis is never something to laugh about but ‘Sidetracked’ manages to make the wrong-side of 40 seem deliriously entertaining.
Those gunning for something more intelligent should seek out the Hitchcockian thriller ‘Innocent Killers’. A tale of one man’s desperation and the shocking lengths he will go to alter his fate, this high-concept mystery is a prime example of sleek Spanish cinema at its most daring.
‘Nothing In Return’ (pictured) is a striking coming-of-age drama detailing the ups and down for 16 year-old Dario as he struggles with the divorce of his parents and the cruel games they play in hoping to turn him against the other. Finding his saving grace in best friend Luismi, Dario reaches breaking point and runs away from home to find a whole new life in the big wide world, but is he prepared for what he is to experience? Guided by honest performances and gorgeous scenery, ‘Nothing In Return’ stands tall as the festival’s top feel-good contender.
Along with countless exclusive titles, the festival will also hold special events such as the Australian premiere of ‘Isla Bonita’. The twentieth film from actor/director Fernando Colomo ‘Isla Bonita’ should draw in the crowds with its Woody Allen-esque mentality and almost documentary-like presentation as we witness Colomo battling his affections for a young woman, which leads to an unlikely bond between himself and his crush’s daughter. An unexpected treat, ‘Isla Bonita’ promises to be a destination worth travelling to.
This year’s Spanish Film Festival line-up has something for everyone and I can’t urge lovers of quality cinema enough to do yourselves a favour by visiting Spain via Palace Cinemas this April.