Monday, 2 April 2012

Festival Round-Up



    The London Spanish Film Festival hosts their second Spring Weekend between 20th -22nd April (the festival proper takes place in September). You can view the full programme here. Highlights include Arrugas / Wrinkles (Ignacio Ferreras, 2011) (which will feature in my next Random Viewing post because it is currently available at Filmin) and three of the films that either feature on my list of films to catch up with from last year / forthcoming this year  –Cinco metros cuadrados / Five Square Metres (Max Lemke, 2011), La chispa de la vida / As Luck Would Have It (Álex de la Iglesia, 2012), and Las Olas (Alberto Morais, 2012).
   In the virtual world, there are two film festivals that are either underway, or about to start. First is iber.film.america, the first online festival of Iberamerican cinema. The downside is that although the films are free if you are registered with Filmotech, they are restricted to viewers residing in countries classed as Iberamerican (so no viewing in the UK). But among the highlights of the fourteen films included is La mitad de Óscar (Manuel Martín Cuenca, 2011), which was one of my top five films last year –so well worth checking out if you are eligible for access.
    Meanwhile, Filmin is about to start their second Atlántida Film Fest, running between 4th April - 4th May. You can download a pdf of the festival brochure, detailing the films included and the prices, here. There are several intriguing-looking titles, including yet another from my list of films from last year that I wanted to track downCrebinsky (Enrique Otero, 2011).

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