Friday, 10 August 2012

London Spanish Film Festival

   The eighth edition of the festival (hosted at the Institut Français) runs between the 28th September and 10th October with a broad programme including thirty feature-length titles and a short film sidebar. As with previous years, there will be Catalan and Basque sidebars (or 'Windows') and a new strand entitled 'Treasure from the Archive', which this year will screen Un, dos, tres, al escondite inglés (dir. José Luis Borau and Iván Zuleta, 1969). The 'Special Feature' focuses on Luis Tosar, with screenings of Te doy mis ojos / Take My Eyes (Icíar Bollaín, 2003), Los lunes al sol / Mondays in the Sun (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002), Flores de otro mundo / Flowers from Another World (Icíar Bollaín, 1999), Casual Day (Max Lemcke, 2007), and The Limits of Control (Jim Jarmusch, 2009). The actor will be interviewed about his career before the screening of Mientras duermes / Sleep Tight (Jaume Balaguero, 2011) (part of the 'Catalan Window' strand).
   The most intriguing aspect of the programme for me is a section called 'Acting Across Frontiers', which will examine the acting registers fostered in the films of Pedro Almodóvar. A series of actors will introduce three of his films: Antonia San Juan will introduce the screening of Todo sobre mi madre / All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999) (elsewhere in the festival she will also be introducing her second film as a director, Del lado del verano/ The Summer Side (2011)) on 30th September; Lluís Homar will introduce Los abrazos rotos / Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar, 2009) on 1st October; and Marisa Paredes will introduce La flor de mi secreto / The Flower of My Secret (Pedro Almodóvar, 1995) on 2nd October. All three actors will be in conversation with Professor Maria Delgado on 1st October in a session titled 'Acting Almodóvar'.
   Other highlights include screenings of Extraterrestre / Extraterrestrial (Nacho Vigalondo, 2012), Los pasos dobles / The Double Steps (Isaki Lacuesta, 2011), Grupo 7 / Unit 7 (Alberto Rodriguez, 2012), Lobos de Arga / Game of Werewolves (Juan Martínez Moreno, 2011), and Carmina o revienta (Paco León, 2012).
   Various directors, actors, and writers will be in attendance -you can find more details, and the full programme, on the festival website.