We are delighted to announce the 7th edition of the Spanish Film Festival which will take place from 23 September to 6 October. With a programme of 30 films, this year’s edition will present a selection of some of the most exciting recent Spanish films, from a variety of genres reflecting the dynamism and creativity of Spanish cinema today, alongside major films from the repertoire as part of our special features.
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Some of the films presented, such as Lope, Neon Flesh or Legend of the Soldier (Bruc) will later be released in the UK, but most of them will be shown exclusively during the festival.
The Festival also offers British audiences the opportunity to meet some of the most respected Spanish directors and actors. No less than 15 talents are expected to attend, among them Alberto Ammann, who will open the Festival with the special preview of Lope; and Paco Cabezas, who will introduce his latest film Neon Flesh, as well as Bon appetit! which he co-wrote. Oscar Aibar will present El gran Vázquez which has been a great success and the Galician Olvier Laxe his Cannes-awarded Todos vós sodes capitáns. Actor Francisco Boira will present Enrique Gabriel’s Vidas pequeñas as well as his directorial debut: the short Nubes and Eduardo Noriega, who came to our very first festival, will join us once again to present his latest work, Blackthorn, on the closing night of the Festival.
As in previous years, there will be a Catalan Window with a selection of some films that will allow us a glimpse into the cinema from Catalonia, including Ramon Térmens’ Catalunya Uber Alles! and Legend of the Soldier, in Catalonia known as Bruc, the name of the legendary Catalan drummer boy. Barcelona filmmaker Ventura Pons will also join us to present his latest work, Mil cretins, and Nora Navas will introduce Agustí Villaronga’s multi-Goya-awarded Pà negre, for which she herself received the Best Actress Goya Award.
Basque cinema will be represented by the romantic Bon appétit, presented by lead actor Unax Ugalde. We’ll also be showing the latest film by Basque filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia: Balada triste de trompeta, which garnered him the Venice Silver Lion for Best Director last year.
A selection of films highlighting the wealth of Spanish talent working overseas will complete the programme, such as Ways to Live Forever by Spanish director Gustavo Ron based in the UK and Les Femmes du 6ème étage by French director Philippe Le Guay with a cast that includes Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas and Natalia Verbeke, who will be in attendance.
This year’s Special Feature is dedicated to a US-born actress with an international career that includes an extensive list of films in Spain starting in the mid-60s, when she became Carlos Saura’s muse. Geraldine Chaplin is considered in Spain to be one of “our” most outstanding actresses and without whom, a part of our cinematography could not be understood.
The Festival will also pay homage to the late Luis García Berlanga, one of Spain’s most iconic independent filmmakers of all times.
Most of the screenings and events will take place at Ciné Lumière in South Kensington. There will be further screenings at Shortwave, Rich Mix and International House.
The 7th London Spanish Film Festival is organised by Tristana Media in collaboration with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy, the Institut français and the Instituto Cervantes.
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