The Spanish Film Festival is back this autumn, hitting up a cinema screen near you. Get your culture on, and brush up on your subtitle speed reading (unless you speak Spanish, you overachiever you).
Running throughout April and May across Palace Cinemas nationally, you’re all set to see some stunning Spaniards making movie magic.
From style and seduction to shock and suspense—maybe a little something sweet in there too—here’s our pick of the Spanish Film Festival!
Feast for Foodies
Buscando A Gastón | Finding Gastón
Restaurateur and chef, Gastón Acurio, is the subject of this inspirational doco, following his journey to change Peru’s approach to the culinary arts. Exploring his passion for local produce, supporting indigenous farmers and sourcing sustainable seafood directly from the fishermen, this journey is one not to see on an empty stomach! Selected for the Napa Valley Film Festival and the NYC Food Film Festival, foodies—you’re welcome.
Cásese Quien Pueda | Get Married if You Can
If you’re up for slightly silly giggle and maybe the odd heartfelt sigh, then this film is one for you. Ana finds out her fiancé has cheated on her with her best friend moments before they’re due to wed, and after an evening of drowning her sorrows she ends up far from where she started. Literally—she falls asleep on the back of some guy’s truck. Of course it helps that said guy may rival the combined efforts of Ryan Gosling and Johnny Depp in the hubba hubba department. Look out ladies, Michel Brown has a face you’re not gonna forget easily!
Also following the story of Ana’s sister, Daniela, with her own romantic agenda (think childhood friendship, longtime crush, you get the picture), this fun-filled romantic comedy ticks all the boxes.
Dixie Y La Rebelión Zombie | Dixie and the Zombie Rebellion
This animated kids film tells the story of Dixie, who is back from being turned into a zombie! She’s trying to live a normal mortal life with her friends and mother, which doesn’t work out so well due to an evil witch Nebulosa, who’s planning a zombie rebellion! Fun-filled and worth a giggle, this film is great for kids between 7 and 13, and school screenings are available.
Manos Sucias | Dirty Hands
This Spike Lee film follows the journey of three men traversing the Pacific Ocean with 100kg of cocaine. Touching on the men’s motivations, the journey spirals out of predicted waters (excuse the pun), and their behaviour becomes reckless. In a word: intense.
Hermosa Juvented | Beautiful Youth
This touching drama follows the story of young couple, Natalia and Carlos, as they’re caught in the worst parts of Spain’s economic crisis. An unexpected pregnancy is the icing on the cake, as this film traverses the digital influences on their relationship and their hopelessness for the future. Or is there hope? If you don’t tear up just from watching the trailer (like we just might have), then check out this film to see how it all ends.
Feel Good Fun
Los Bañistas | Open Cage
Exploring different characters and how they deal with the collapse of the Mexican economy, this feel-good drama shows how sometimes tricky situations bring out the best in people. How else will they survive in a system that doesn’t care about them? Quirky, cute, but also a little sad.
There are heaps of films on though, dear Listers, so if this list gave you a taste for something more, then head on over and check out the full program for the Spanish Film Festival 2015.
Image credit: Spanish Film Festival 2015