Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival goes online for 2020
- Arusa Qureshi
- 22 September 2020
Seventh edition of the festival to feature 16 feature films, 11 short films, and a series of lockdown monologues
As festivals around the world continue to adapt and evolve due to the current coronavirus restrictions, some of our favourite events have been shifting their focus online, announcing impressive digital programmes that aim to keep audiences connected. The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival is the latest to announce such a programme, with this year's edition due to take place from 6–25 October entirely online.
The seventh iteration of the annual festival, which is for fans and audiences interested in Spanish and Latin American culture, will include 16 feature films, 11 short films, and a series of lockdown monologues, which anyone can enjoy wherever they are in the UK. Highlights of the 2020 programme include a fantastic selection of films that are directed by women such as Ivet Castello and Marta Lallana's 2019 drama Ojos negros, Lucía Alemany's The Innocence, Gracia Querejeta's The Invisible, Paula Ortiz and Nuria Capdevila's Cartas Vivas and Arantxa Aguirre's documentary Love and Death.
Elsewhere on the programme, audiences can enjoy Benito Zambrano's thriller Out in the Open and the classic The Spirit of the Beehive by Víctor Erice, as well as documentaries that cover everything from literature (The Blue Days) and gastronomy (Living in Silence) to cinema (Saura(s)) and art (Cruz Novillo: The Man who Designed Spain). There will also be a number of debut films on the line-up including Camilla Urrutia's Gunpowder Heart, Polo Menárguez's The Plan, and Guillermo Rojas' Once Again, plus a new feature for 2020 titled Chatting Heads, which is a series of monologues created by Nuria Benet during the COVID-19 lockdown.
As always, the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival will be presenting films for all ages and special screenings for schools of Once again (S3-S6) and The Footballest by Miguel Lamata (P7-S2) from 6–8 October. Throughout the festival, audiences will be able to watch and participate in panel discussions and Q&A sessions with directors, actors and other film industry professionals, with confirmed guests including filmmakers Paula Ortiz, Juan J. Campanella, Polo Menárguez, and Camila Urrutia, and academics Dr. Ann Davies (University of Stirling), Professor Nuria Capdevila (University of Exeter), and Dr Santiago Bertrán (University of Oxford).
Marian A. Aréchaga, Director of the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival says: 'It has been big challenge for us to adapt – the physical cinema experience will be greatly missed this year – but I am thrilled to share with you our vibrant and varied programme, with something for all ages and tastes. The main objective of the festival is to support Spanish cinema, which has undergone so much in this complicated year, and to use cinema as a vehicle to promote the Spanish language and culture beyond our borders. I am grateful to the institutions that have helped us to create a platform where Spanish and British audience can enjoy the pleasure of cinema.'
Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, Tue 6–Sun 25 Oct. For more detailed information about the films and for tickets, visit edinburghspanishfilmfestival.com. Audience members will have access to each film for either 24 or 48 hours (full details in programme listings).