• Svetlana Sharapa Zazo, Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and his wife Maria Teresa Garcia de Oteya and Grazia Micciche

    Svetlana Sharapa Zazo, Ambassador of Spain Manuel Cacho and his wife Maria Teresa Garcia de Oteya and Grazia Micciche

  • Anne He and Crystal Garcia

    Anne He and Crystal Garcia

  • Meg Morton and Angelique Peretto

    Meg Morton and Angelique Peretto

  • Damien Neron and Matt Bush

    Damien Neron and Matt Bush

  • Miriam Iraisi and Helen Caulton

    Miriam Iraisi and Helen Caulton

  • Thao Vu and Liz Beyer

    Thao Vu and Liz Beyer

  • Sally Henderson and Bhan Gohil

    Sally Henderson and Bhan Gohil

  • Lavinia De Havilland and Matthew Sykes

    Lavinia De Havilland and Matthew Sykes

  • Charlie Salvador and Melissa MacMahon

    Charlie Salvador and Melissa MacMahon

  • Richard Scherer and Barbie Robinson

    Richard Scherer and Barbie Robinson

Spanish Film Featival 2016 @ Palace Electric

19 April 2016

Opening night of the Spanish Film Festival for 2016 at Palace Electric and because we liked it so much last year the second installment of the craziest Spanish affair of last year, appropriately called Spanish Affair 2, was chosen. But just to throw you off your sangria, this had a dose of Catalonian humour thrown in, most of which goes over the top of the heads of the non-Spanish speaking audience but causes much hilarity among the Spanish speakers. Sub-titles should have a ‘laugh now’ insert to keep us up to speed!

In Spanish Affair 2, Amaia is getting married to the so very hip Pau, who is a Catalan. That for her Basque father is beyond the realms of possibility so if he can just throw a spanner in the works with Rafa, the one she ditched last movie in tow, then maybe she’ll see sense and fall in love with Rafa all over again. Yes another farcical romp ensues. And we loved it.

The festival continues until 8 May and the eclectic mix of movies is a diverse insight not just into the Spanish way of life but into the movies they love and the talent their industry has. Among those that impress is the exquisitely beautiful Penelope Cruz in Ma Ma as a women experiencing and dealing with breast cancer, her first effort as a producer, with a performance described as a “spectacular ode to female strength in the times of greatest adversity”. Odes may not necessarily be needed but Cruz performs superbly. Mid festival and a collection of 9 short films, with one from Mexico, gives a variety of perspectives on modern day romance and heartbreak accompanied by Freixenet Cava bubbles and a sweet treat, but you supply the tissues.

On a lighter note the for the football fanatics, the story of FC Barcelona is a look at excellence of a club that boasts the best ever player Lionel Messi, and the history and fanaticism that surrounds the club with its Catalan identity.

To celebrate this opening with the best little party in town , yet again on the staircase of the Nishi building where lots of great parties happen, it was wine with delicious fresh churros with a caramel and chocolate sauce and music to get you dancing.
All information at www.spanishfilmfestival.com