The Spanish Film Festival for 2015 is open and showing at Palace Cinemas with the opening night “Spanish Affair” a tapas of titillation in a romantic comedy that was – and is – the biggest box office hit in Spanish history. It must be the funny bone formula in this case where cultural differences are exploited and the feisty Basque bride-to-be is pursued by an Anadalucian bloke called Rafa. And no he’s not a tennis player, but does get himself caught up in some exploits with the local lads with a cause, and into the clink.
But Amaia our jilted bride has inadvertently become the desire of our non tennis playing Rafa after he man-handled her out of a bar; she scarpered, he followed and tried to be the Basque boy for Daddy- that’s Amaia’s – who sails into the story on his fishing trawler and it all gets complicated and hilarious. Best of all the multi tiered ruffles of net on a very full skirted bridal gown hoisted up so our jilted former bride-to be and now pretend one can chase her Rafa through the streets in her sneakers. Will it all work out in the end? Who cares it is a good belly laugh and a deliciously preposterous story line that 6.5 million Spaniards loved.
The majority of films are from Spain with a little gem from Argentina “Death in Buenos Aires” and for the tango tragics “Tango Glories” with a mix of treats from Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay and India where Bollywood meets Barcelona. But for local content we have a director in our midst. Yes Cesar Espada, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Spain is a director and a diplomat and his short film “Spot” is a special presentation to premiere at Palace Electric on Wednesday 29 April at 6.30 with a Q&A to follow with the director and actress Eulalia Ramon.
And if you have a love of all things Spanish you can win a trip to Barcelona with Singapore Airlines by entering online after seeing one, or all, of the festival films.