The London Spanish Film Festival is returning to the capital from 25 September to 5 October. Now in its 10th year, it will be offering 10 days filled with a wealth of Spanish film screenings, Q&As with actors and filmmakers, as well as a variety of talks and presentations. Organised by Tristana Media in collaboration with the Institut Français, the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes, the festival will take place at the Ciné Lumière and Instituto Cervantes.
Opening with the delightful comedy Tres bodas de más and Sánchez Arévalo’s latest comedy-drama, La gran familia Española, the festival has a wide offering which aims to astonish, educate and entertain audiences.
Among the catalogue of films through the 10 day festival lies an assortment of cinematic classics. A special feature on one of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers, Vicente Aranda, will open with the Prada Brother’s documentary, Vicente Aranda: 50 años de cine. There will be an exploration of some of the most important films of his career followed by an exclusive interview with him.
The films vary in genre and cover a broad scope of Spanish destinations to offer a glimpse of every-day life in Spain, as well as showcasing the current and future situation of Spanish cinema. The ‘Catalan Window’ will showcase the talent and craft of Catalonia’s film industry through a selection of films including producer Lluis Miñarros’s first feature film, Stella Cadente and the tense thriller, Purgatorio by Pau Teixidor. Basque cinema will also be celebrated via the screening of Álex de la Iglesia’s Las brujas de Zugarramurdi and three short films from American filmmakers Orson Welles and Cyrus Sutton.
The London Spanish Film Festival will end with a classic treasure from the archives, La vida en un hilo, a comedy by Edgar Neville, featuring one of Spain’s most popular actresses of the 1940’s and ‘50’s, Conchita Montes.