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Spanish Film Festival returns to Brisbane

The 2018 instalment of the Spanish Film Festival returns to Brisbane this month, celebrating its 21st year of cinematic revelry.  

From art-house to salacious and comedic, Spanish cinema transverses a broad landscape, and that’s what attracts cinephiles to the Spanish Film Festival each year (and the beguiling rhythm of the Spanish language doesn’t go astray, either).

Following on from his Oscars win with The Shape of Water, director Guillermo del Toro will receive a nod at this year’s festival with his 2006 fantasy Pan's Labyrinth screening on closing night. And to start with, The Tribe – a musical comedy about street dancing – will open the festival.

With 25 movies on the bill, there’s a lot to see between these opening and closing night screenings, so we have curated the most anticipated films for you.

No Filter (Comedy)

Spanish comedian Santiago Segura directs this film that has taken the Spanish box office by storm. Full of wit, the comedic romp follows a people-pleasing woman who can now only speak the truth, even in situations where those little white lies would be more than ideal.

Loving Pablo (Drama)

Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Loving Pablo (pictured) tells the story of journalist Virginia Vallejo, who had a romance with Pablo Escobar. This story traces their relationship against a backdrop of trafficking, corruption and the start of Escobar’s downfall. (You can also see Cruz and Bardem in a screening of the 1992 film Jamon Jamon as part of a retrospective of Spanish director Bigas Luna's work.)

Coco (Animation)

Pixar’s latest animation needs little introduction, after it received warm reviews over summer. If you missed Coco when it was in cinemas (or you want to see all those colours on the big screen again), this is your chance.

The Open Door (Drama)

Rose is a middle-aged sex worker living with her mother, who has Alzheimer’s yet remains feisty. Through Rose’s misery, she finds light in an unexpected new addition to the family. This compelling film has been nominated for Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress at Spain’s Goya Awards.

The Mist and the Maiden (Crime Mystery)

This noir film is set on one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, where a cold case from a murder that took place three years ago is reopened. The film is adapted from Lorenzo Silva’s best-selling novel and boasts a cast that includes Marc Clotet and Melina Matthews.

The Brisbane edition of the Spanish Film Festival is at Palace Cinemas from 26 April to 13 May. Find printed copies of the entire program in our stands now!

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