Friday, 2 September 2011

London Spanish Film Festival, 23rd September – 6th October

Back in April, the Festival held a Spring Weekend Edition, but this is the festival proper, now in its 7th year.
The 2011 programme includes three of this year’s four nominees for the Best Film Goya –Balada triste de trompeta / Sad Trumpet Ballad (a.k.a. The Last Circus) (Álex de la Iglesia, 2010), Pa negre / Black Bread (Agustí Villaronga, 2010), También la lluvia / Even the Rain (Icíar Bollaín, 2010) (the fourth film, Buried (Rodrigo Cortés, 2010), has already had a cinema run in the UK), plus two of the directorial debuts that saw their directors nominated for Best New Director – Bon appétit (David Pinillos, 2010), and Todas las canciones hablan de mí / All The Songs Are About Me (Jonás Trueba, 2010). The full list of films can be found here.
Several of the screenings include Q&As with cast or crew –many are still TBC, so check the website for further details. The programme includes sidebars on Catalan and Basque cinema, as well as a special strand dedicated to actress Geraldine Chaplin (the screening of Ana y los lobos / Ana and the Wolves (Carlos Saura, 1973) is due to be followed by an on-stage interview about her acting career), and an homage to celebrated director Luis García Berlanga who died last year (films to be screened include ¡Bienvenido Mr. Marshall! (1953), Plácido (1961), Tamaño natural (1974), and ¡Vivan los novios! (1970)).