Film artistry is well loved anywhere in the world. In London, it is nothing different. People’s love for films, for quality films at that, is evident at the annual London Spanish Film Festival.
Although it is quite young of a film festival, the London Spanish Film Festival cannot be belittled because it shows off a fantastic line-up every single time. The main goal of the festival is to celebrate the amazing talent of Spanish film directors, actors, and writers by presenting a phenomenal line-up of films that are hailed as the creams of the crop.
The London Spanish Film Festival seeks to prove to the world that Spanish productions are competent to be in the international market. For the first few years of its existence, it has successfully achieved that goal. In fact, to date, the London Spanish Film Festival was made as one of the most wonderful attractions London has to offer.
For its sixth installment, the London Spanish Film Festival offers nothing but the best, as usual. Numerous quality films, documentaries, and shorts are scheduled to please the film audience anew on a two-week event that is slated for September 24 to October 7. Special features, Q&As, round table discussions, and talks from the film industry experts will also be presented to spice up the show.
The film that makes the most noise in this year’s round-up is Celda 211, which was chosen as the opening salvo. It has won nods from the Spanish Academy, garnering Goya Awards for Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Director (Daniel Monzon), Best Screenplay (Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Daniel Monzon), Best Actor (Luis Tosar), Best Supporting Actress (Marta Etura), and Best Breakthrough Actor (Alberto Ammann). Celda 211 features a striking tale about prison life and survival.
Another highlight of this year’s event are the special features intended to showcase the creative skill of film actress Maribel Verdu, film director Carlos Saura, and scriptwriter Jorge Semprun. Verdu is hailed as one of the most talented actresses her age with one of the most celebrated careers in the Spanish film industry. Her recent outings are phenomenal. One is Tetro, a Francis Ford Coppola creation; the other is Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered high regard at the Academy Awards. Director Saura and writer Semprun, meanwhile, also have amazing film titles tucked neatly under their superstar belts.
The London Spanish Film Festival is definitely a must-see event for film enthusiasts from anywhere in the world. Even an ordinary film viewer would appreciate the fact that this yearly affair does not only showcase film artistry at its finest but also features Spanish life, culture, and history in many different gripping tales. This is also the best time to show off the world what the Spanish film industry has up its sleeves – probably another Penelope Cruz or Antonio Banderas won’t hurt, huh?
Indeed, seeing the London Spanish Film Festival is equivalent to being right at the heart of uptown London.
Chico & Rita (CHICO Y RITA)
Cuba, 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment.
Director: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal, Tono Errando
Nominations: Telluride Film Festival,Toronto International Film Festival
Showing on: Wed 6 Oct / 8.30pm (London Time)
London Spanish Film Festival Official Website.
Projector.tv – Watch Movies Online – Most of the films will be available to watch online on this portal.