FILM | Spanish Film @ Portobello Film Festival . 7 – 14 Sept

The Portobello Film Festival is an independent international film festival based in London which annually premiers over 700 new films, including features, shorts, documentaries, music films and animation. Additionally, workshops and talks with top film directors (such as Stephen Frears and John Maybury) are also featured. Admission to the three-week-long festival is free of charge. This year’s festival features film content from/about Spain & Latin America.



6.00 – 11.00 pm

Unfarewell (Ainhoa Menendez 16 minutes 12A
In an idylic village, the inhabitants raise hens, knead bread, tend crops… And guard a dark secret. Drama Spain


No (Guillermo P. Bosch 10 minutes 15)
“The perfection in your hand”. An emerging model for advertisements suffers, all of a sudden, a physical defect that drives him into a process of self destruction. A descent into hell around the obsession with looks. Drama Spain


Amargo Porvenir (Rodolfo Herrero 8 minutes 12)
Maria thinks, she has found a real love, but she needs to consult a tarotist to make sure that he’s really the perfect one for her… Drama Spain


Grasman (David Galan 11 minutes 12A)
Grasman, the superhero with the deadliest weapons. Lives his adventures defending their city, Margo City, of the dietetic villain Mr.Fibra. Comedy Spain


Quien Es Florinda Bolkan?/WHO IS FLORINDA BOLKAN?
(Rubén Torrejón 8 minutes 12) A On holiday in Venice, a young couple try in vain to recapture the spirit of their relationship. Drama Spain


8 (Raul Cerezo 13 minutes 12A)
At 8 years old, will, discipline and personality of a child begin to take shape, and the distinction between good and evil starts to be defined. The time to see our wish fulfilled came at last. His wish. Remain silent. You’re invited. Thriller Spain


En La Proxima Estacion / AT THE NEXT STOP
(Luis Francisco Pérez 19 minutes 12) Javi wants to have a girlfriend, but he doesn’t find the right girl. One day he finds a planner, and he realices that her owner Could be the woman he is looking for. Comedy Spain


La Boda / The Wedding (Marina Seresesky 12 minutes U)
Mirta is Cuban and lives in Madrid. As many others immigrants she works in cleaning industry. Today at six o’clock p.m. her daughter is going to marry. But nothing turns out as she hopes, & to reach the wedding is more difficult than it appeared at first. Drama Spain


La Mirada Perdida / The Missing Looks (Damian Dionisio 11 minutes 12A)
Argentina, 1076. Claudio is forced to live with his family in hiding, due to his political ideals. The house in which they live is discovered by the militars. No time to flee, Teresa try to shelter her daughter in a fantasy world to avoid the girl looking at the horror they are about live. Drama Spain


No Se Que Hacer Contigo / I Just Don’t Know What To Do With You
(Miguel Campion 14 minutes 12A) A young woman is told her father has died, but she remains indifferent: she hasn’t heard from him since he abandoned the family many years ago. However, upon taking responsibilty for his ashes, she soon realizes she doesn’t quite know what to do with them. Drama Spain


On My Mind (Nacho Solana 9 minutes 12)
Marta is fed up with disappointments in love, lies and false appearance. But this time it is going to be different, she has a method to know how are others’ intentions at first sight. Drama Spain


Lone-Illness (Virgina Illera 11 minutes 12A)
Loneliness is a feeling, a state of mind, with many questions and little answers. Drama Spain


Ella / She Juan Montes De Oca 19 minutes 12
In Palma de Mallorca, through 5 years old kid innocence, and common life coincidences, an Afro-American homeless remember his non-sense life going back 45 years in New York. Alltogether makes his life change to find at last the way to happiness. Animation Spain


Abrazos Gratis / Free Hugs
Carlos A. Sambricio 19 minutes 12
Natalia is going through a hard time due to her long unemployment and a recent break-up. Hers is one of those stories from the economic crisis. Her friend Bea encourages gher to experience the “Free HUgs”, initiatives where a group of people gather just for the sake of giving hugs to anyone that wants them. The aim is to offer affection and warmth to fight against pessimism and loneliness. Is there a way out in the menacing big city? Drama Spain


El Despegue Del Trimotor / The Launch Of The Trimotor
Enrique De Tomas 18 minutes 12
After the arrival of a sofa at home. Eleanor’s mind begins to ramble. For a hyperactive and bossy girl everythin has to have an explanation, and if it doesn’t, she resorts to inventing … Drama Spain


Rio Arriba / Up River
Jorge M. Rodrigo 20 minutes 12A
“I know this line of work enough to not confuse justice with truth”. Pixelating at the end. Animation Spain


Aunque Todo Vaya Mal / Even If Everything Goes Wrong
Cristina Alcazar 18 minutes U
A normal couple, Juan and Emila, are having a little problem: since a few days, Juan doesn’t speak. Absolutely everything, he says ois singing. What first was kind of fun ends up being a real problem for their relationship.
Drama Spain


El Espanto / THE FRIGHT (J. J. Marcos 16 minutes 18)
Alvaro Torres is a normal guy that unexpectedly beset by terrible nightmares and hallucinations, with appalling creatures that will take him to the limit of the madness. He will have to fight, so as not to lose his mind, against something horrible that could be more real than it seems. Only played on the computer.
Comedy Horror Spain


Nino David Pareja 6 minutes U
It’s not enough to want it. Drama Spain


Donde Quedo La Belleza? / Where’ Beauty?
Enrique Cerrejon 9 minutes U
In a contempoary art museum, a sculpture engages in a discussion about whether they are “art” and deserve to be recognized as such. Animation Spain


Red-Haired / Black
Alfonso Diaz & Luis Angel Perez 4 minutes
For some experts in human genetics, the event is extraordiaire. Case like this happens between one in a million of births Francisco Jose is the melan”ins lost link. Mock-Documentary Spain




 1.00 – 11.00 pm

Swish Ana Torres-Alvarez 24 minutes U                                                                            Basketball arrived to the UK more than a century ago but still is not as popular as in the rest of Europe. With London 2012 what can Cuoc Deng and his teammates do to fill the arena? Documentary Spain

Iquiero Ir A La Playa! / (I Want To Go To The Beach!)
Ana Torres-Alvarez 4 minutes U Ramses just wants to get fun but he’s not allowed. Documentary Spain

Rfugio 115 (Ivan Villamel 8 minutes 12A
March 18, 1938, the population of Barcelona is devastated by the continued indiscriminate bombing of Fascist aviation. The refuges are afraid because something unknown is hidden in the darkness . Drama Spain

La Hora Del 1. 2. 3. (Marco Antonio Robledo 8 minutes 12
Francisco, an old man about 80 years old, is sleeping alone in his bedroom. A noise wakes him up. He gets up worried to discover there is a stranger in his house. Drama Spain

El Sueno Del Pez Cebra (Antonio Morcillo y& Diego Gonzalez 20 mins 12)
Ana has suffered a traumatic loss that has left in a profound depression. Thus she will start a voyage inside a world of reminiscence in which she risks being trapped. Hence she decides to break with everything drastically. Drama Spain

Frozen (Manuel Arija 4 minutes 12) 
Anthony Alamo has been defrosted for a job interview. Sc-Fi Drama Spain

Etereo (Ethereal) Martin Crespo 26 minutes 15
Thriller with fantastic touch that tells the story of a policewoman kidnapped and her complicated search in a maximum time of fifteen minutes … Ethereal. Thriller Spain

Hunger (Hambre) Mario De La Torre 9 minutes 15
It’s night and her daugthers are hungry. Drama Spain

Bertsolari (Asier Altuna 90 minutes U) 
Bertsolari is a journey through improvised poetry, silence and art laid bare. The Bertsolari is the improviser of verse sung in the Basque language. The oral tradition has managed to evolve and adapt to the new times. Art Documentary Spain

Old Spanish Tango  / Vieux Tango Espanol                                                                            Pablo Rivas 17 minutes U. Benjamin is forty years old and he is in deep trouble. Jobless and full of debts, he moves into Monica’s, his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Not without reason though mother and son get along like cats and dogs… Loud & sticking. Drama Spain

Ensayo De Actores / Actors Me Actors Rehearsal
Jesus Monroy 8 mins U. Pours, wind, cold. A film crew rehearsed the scenes for a movie. Comedy Spain

El Trayecto
Nadia Navarro 11 minutes 12 . On this trip, Ana will begin the most important journey, the journey to herself. Drama Spain

Undress Me / (Desviste Me)
Javier Sanz 13 minutes 15. Samuel find out his partner is unfaithful. Eva knows nothing about him, but she goes to look for him because they have something in common: their partners are lovers. Drama Spain

Maria Sosa & Javier Ferreiro 19 minutes 12
Alicia and Eva are two sisters who suffer from Narcolepsy. The two have aseries of dreams in which they receive directions to achieve a goal only known by them. Drama Spain

Alberto Vazquez & Pedro Rivero 13 minutes 12
A terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki’s life forever. Now Dinki’s fate may ride on the wings of her ecentric friend Birdboy, a misfit lost in his fantasies …. Animation Spain

Juan Jose Zanoletty 4 minutes 12. Smile plays, draws and is happy. Smiling shows his painting, but appears not to like, maybe his pictures have no interest, or televison is more captivating. But smile will not bow so easily, and will push for his paintings from getting the smile they deserve. Smile shows that happiness is a matter of little things, and that there is nothing easier than smile. Animation Spain

Un Mundo de Ciegos
Octavio Failde 9 minutes 18 . The young Sara, who has been abused since she was a child, is forced into prostitution by her father. Aware of the degradation to which it is submitted, strives to protect her sister in the world of blind in which we live. Drama Spain

Antonio F. Mateos 14 minutes 18 . A chance encounter in the elevator stirs the darkest fantasies of a young writer, who feels himself inelucably drawn to poetry, sex and death.
Drama Spain

Dos Tristes Tres
Antonio Quiroga 6 minutes 12A . Yanajido reaches adulthood. One day, while going to visit her parents, something happens that does´nt make much sense. There seems to be, and there will be adults who have suffered and will suffer “similars situations”. Can we stop it? Animation Spain

Ai Guant Tu Bilif
Daniel Valencia Ibanez 5 minutes U . SMITH is a humble pastor with two passions in life: goats (professionallyspeaking) and contact with aliens. In his “Area 51” particular cabin, and withrudimentary methods try to achieve a meeting of the Third Kind … Is there life on other planets? “The truth is out there? Are there aliens? Escampa”is late? The answer to this, and other Pegunta more in this tragicomic tale of sciencefiction … AI rural BILIF YOUR GLOVE Animation Spain

Aritz Moreno 3mins 12 . A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee. Drama Good Spain 16.9

LA CALMA / (Calm)
David González 12 minutes 12 . Jorge, an ordinary man around forty years of age, sees how the stability of his world is threatened by a series of past events that he believed to be forgotten. Drama Spain

LA CASA DEL LAGO / (House on the Lake)
Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia 12 minutes 18 You have been thinking about leaving for years. Look at the photo. Again. You know where it is. A pigsty. Go. Kill him. Don’t talk, say nothing. Whiskey. It’s midnight. He can’t explain it. She can’t either. This city is rotten. Where is the life your parents promised you? Thriller Spain

COPTOS / (Copts)
Álvaro Sau 16 minutes U . Farid is thirty-three years old. After years of living on the edge, he left his job at McDonald’s where he worked and retired to the desert. In the arid valley of Ryan, far away from Cairo, the revolution, the world, he drives his tractor and prays. Documentary Spain

LAGUN MINA / (Close Friend)
Jose Mari Goenaga 13 minutes 12A . Ekaitz and Roman meet in a hostel during their holidays and promise a lifetime friendship. But something goes wrong. Either their life is too long, or their promise too weak… but now they will have to come to terms with it. Comedy Spain

LA MEDIA PENA / (Half as Bad)
Sergio Barrejón 15 minutes 18 . At dawn, an executive is about to shoot himself in his office. When he is just about to pull the trigger, the unexpected arrival of the cleaning lady interrupts him. The executive can only manage to hide and spy on her. Comedy Spain

MUY CERCA / (Nearby)
Iván Caso 17 minutes 12 . Julia has arranged to meet her partner Jaime on a beach, who has left her some cryptic clues. Julia and the children will follow the clues until they get lost in a forest near the beach. During this little odyssey she will show us the fragile link she has with reality, the children and her true nature. Drama Spain

She’s Lost Control
Haritz Zubillaga 11 minutes 15 . Don’t move… not an inch… don’t even blink… Thriller Spain

Gregorio Muro 12 minutes 12 A dangerous children’s’ game will disrupt the lives of Ander and his family forever. Animation Spain

2 A
Alfonso Diaz 4 minutes 12 . Olga is just the woman Jon needs for his movie. Drama Spain

Letter To Sasha
Javier Reverte & Andoni Jaen 15 minutes U. Fatma, who lives in Asuerd’s refugee camp in the Hamada of the Algerian desert, will listern in TV to news that will give her a great idea . 
Documentary Spain

Liebestraum N 3
Javier Jaeillo 7 minutes 15 . Liebestraum N 3 is based on the homonymous musical piece – of the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811 – 1836). Its meaning would be “Dream Of Love”. Rodri and Irene meet fall in love, separate and re-encounter to discover that the dream has died. The story of a dream, the dream of the first love. Drama Spain

Te Odio / I Hate You
Rafa Rojas-Diez 6 minutes U . Sometimes it is not easy to talk about certain things with the one you love the most. There is a very thin line between love and hate. Hate and love are two sides of the same coin. Drama Spain

El Padre / The Father
Patricia Venti 9 minutes 18 . Kristine, a 43 year old woman, returns to the basement where her father had her imprisoned for 24 years. The event will bring back painful memories from her past, which will confront her with experiences that she has never successfully overcome. Drama Spain

Memory                                                                                                                                       Victor Suñer 8 minutes U . A man sitting in a coffee makes mental review of all the failures of love. Drama Spain

Foto / Photo
Ismael Ferrer 7 minutes 12A
Sandra just received a digital camera as a gift. It seems a harmless present until she reviews the pictures she’s taken duringf the night …….
Horror Spain

Le Llamaremos Bobby
Paco Cavero 13 minutes 12A . Antonio and his son, Antonio Jr .., come back from fishing on the day of the son’s birthday. They have an argument because of Antonio Jr.’s wedding plans, but everything changes after a weird incident .. Comedy Spain

Óscar Martín 15 minutes 12A . The tree is a bridge between earth and sky, between human and divine. One who can keep a tree in a bowl, has the immortality assured. So is the art of Bonsai. Drama Spain

Chris Downs 19 minutes 12A . “The Economic Fall” has brought hunger, war and despair to what is left of society. A solitary man in search of work and food, rummages his torn down city, encountering other survivors of the crash. Sc-Fi Drama Spain

Abraham Mestre & Joaquin Alvarez 9 minutes 12A . To Fran and Marta, the link between to spaces can be something difficult to accept. Thriller Spain





Small Steps Nicaragua (Amy Hanson) 29 mins. Charting the delivery of aid across the rubbish dumps of Central America’s poorest country. Documentary.

Nan’s Brixton . (Richard Cheal) 16 mins . Sam and his Nan both lived in Brixton 70 years apart. What’s changed> What’s stayed the same? Documentary.




6.00 – 11.00 pm

7.00 pm Michael Horovitz / Spanish selection from ecam

Agua Pasada
Agnès Guilbault 10 minutes U . A man and a woman meet having not seen each other for 25 years. What could have been a story of teenage love came to nothing. Now they meet in order to see if something remains in the present of that which could have been but was not. Drama Good Spain

El Secreto Del Circo
Leyla Daruis Luis 13 minutes 12A . Elena, a young trapeze artist in a small travelling circus, stays longer than usual in a small town. There she will experience for the first time the clash between the stability of the town and the nomadic life of the circus. Drama Spain

In Memoriam
Carmen Bellas 12 minutes U . Iván, plunged in a deep apathy, decides to investigate the studies of a Johannes K. Sørensen. His trip to Antwerp and the search for the scientist intertwine with his own loss of memories. Drama Spain

Los Galgos
Gabriel Azorín Belda 18 minutes 15 . Rafa, Lucas and Jorge, intimate and inseparable friends since childhood, spend a weekend in the country. After a night of partying and boozing they decide to take some greyhounds out for a walk in the woods. Then, due to Jorge’s carelessness, they end up losing them. Without placing too much importance on this, lying down on the ground, they seem to be getting on just fine. There is laughter, an easy mood, relaxation, until Lucas and Rafa realize that Jorge has vanished. Drama Spain

Ojos Que No Duermen
Leonardo Santana Zubieta 14 minutes 15 . A psychiatrist finds out a hidden message inside her patient´s nightmares. A message that she can only deal with. Drama Spain

Piedra Angular
Mariola Lledó 15 minutes 12A
Pablo is diagnosed with a disease that will leave him blind. He will have to decide between letting the disease take its course or risking an operation of uncertain outcome. Drama Spain

Shooting The Moon
Casandra Macías Gago 10 minutes 15 . On July 21st 1969 the whole world watched in astonishment via their TV sets how Man first walked on the Moon, but the reality is somewhat different. One week before, the shoot for the landing took place in a hangar in Area 51. Comedy Spain

Son Dos Dias
Agnès Guilbault 11 minutes 12A . A man and a woman meet having not seen each other for 25 years. What could have been a story of teenage love came to nothing. Now they meet in order to see if something remains in the present of that which could have been but was not. Comedy Spain

Bis nächste Woche
Irene Hernanz 8 mins 12 . The clock rings but our man is already awake and smiling. At his near eighty, he suits up, takes a chair, table, dishes, wine and flowers…. And starts a long way to go to his date. Drama Spain

El Pela Ajos
Irene Hernanz 6 mins 12A . Rubén leaves Ana on Christmas Day. Joyfull Christmas Carrolls sound while he picks up his stuff and confess a few nasty things that he did. But still something left, a christmas present that Ana can´t even imagine. Comedy Spain

Muertos Y Vivientes
Iñaki San Román 18 mins 15 . The dead men get up of his tombs.The whole city runs to entrenching All? Not, all not. A lady smiles in his house and takes his car to the cemetery. Horror Spain


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