Premieres, docs, food tasting and parties; Spanish Film Festival turns on the cultural charm
Eleven features, five docs and five shorts bring a taste of Spanish cinematic culture to Edinburgh for the second edition of the Spanish Film Festival from Fri 2 Oct to Sat 10 Oct.
What better way to kick off the fest than the UK premiere of Las Sinsombrero, a film which celebrates the contribution of women to the Generation of ’27 poets, best known for the likes of limelight hogs Dalí, Buñuel and Lorca. However, female artists and visionaries equalled their male counterparts throughout years of creative explosion and civil liberties that would transform Spain’s history forever but were forgotten during Franco’s reign. Las Sinsombrero pays homage to them and director Tánia Balló will be in attendance for a Q&A.
‘The main objective of this second edition is to support Spanish cinema,’ says ESFF director Marian A. Aréchaga, ‘and to use this art form as an ideal means of spreading Spanish language and culture beyond our borders. We want to create a platform within the film industry where the ideas and skills of filmmakers from various countries can come together and be shared’
Other festival highlights include the Scottish premieres of Sidetracked (Álvaro Fernández Armero), the prize-winning Magical Girl (Carlos Vermut), and box office hit Spanish Affair (Emilio Martínez-Lázaro); a section dedicated to Basque and Galician cinema; and a special screening of food doc Snacks, which celebrate Spanish culinary culture and is followed by a discussion and tasting session.
The closing night film, Sidetracked, will be followed by party in the Traverse bar and live show from Spanish pop duo, Single.
Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, at Filmhouse and University of Edinburgh, Fri 2 Oct to Sat 10 Oct.