Friday, 13 May 2016

The Spanish Film Festival is coming

The Spanish Film Festival is coming

Spanish Affair 2 movie to open the NZ leg of the Spanish Film Festival.

17 Spanish language films spanning genres from romantic comedies to thrillers will take the stage at the Academy Theatre this May as the Spanish Film Festival returns to Auckland after a hiatus of several years.

The New Zealand Spanish Film Festival will run between May 19th- 5th June at the Academy Cinema in Auckland CBD.

Opening the festival with a gala screening on May 19th  is the Spanish romantic comedy Spanish Affair 2. The film tells the story of Rafael, a Sevillian who has never left Andalucia who decides to leave his homeland to follow Amaia, a Basque girl unlike any other women he has ever known. The film was the highest grossing film for 2015 at the Spanish box office.

Also making its New Zealand premiere at the Spanish Film Festival is the Oscar nominated Colombian film Embrace of the Serpent.  Directed by Ciro Guerra, Embrace of the Serpent film won the Art Cinema Award in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and it was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.

Embrace of the Serpent

Other festival highlights include Penelope Cruz's starring turn as a woman fighting breast cancer in acclaimed director Julio Mediums (Sex and Lucia, Chaotic Ana) newest feature, Ma Ma, and an indepth behind the scenes portrayal of one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world, FC Barcelona, in Barça Dreams.

Penelope Cruz in Ma Ma 

My Big Night brings together a cast of Spanish superstars, and a hilarious story that could only come from the mind of cult director and former comic book artist Alex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching). Eva No Duerme, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, brings an incredible true story to the festival, telling of the movement of Eva Peron’s body through the Argentinean political revolution.

The Spanish film festival runs from Thursday 19th May - Sunday 5th June

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