• Deputy Head of Missiona the Embassy of Spain Cesar Espada and his wife Kyungsuk You

    Deputy Head of Missiona the Embassy of Spain Cesar Espada and his wife Kyungsuk You

  • Isabelle Faure, Elysia Zeccola and her father Antonio Zeccola

    Isabelle Faure, Elysia Zeccola and her father Antonio Zeccola

  • Jessica Roberts, Robyn Brodie. Alissa Barton and Jordan Montgomery

    Jessica Roberts, Robyn Brodie. Alissa Barton and Jordan Montgomery

  • Andrew Quinn, Heidi Brockway, Candice Biggin and Jordan Hartas

    Andrew Quinn, Heidi Brockway, Candice Biggin and Jordan Hartas

  • Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa and his wife Lenise Barbosa  with Marta Altolaguirre de Vigura and her husband Ambassador of Spain Enrique Viguera

    Ambassador of Brazil Rubem Correa Barbosa and his wife Lenise Barbosa with Marta Altolaguirre de Vigura and her husband Ambassador of Spain Enrique Viguera

  • Gesima Olney and Genet Djilwo

    Gesima Olney and Genet Djilwo

  • Ambassador of Peru Luis Quesada, Delfina Bedoya, Ibelise Escobar and Estevan Bedoya

    Ambassador of Peru Luis Quesada, Delfina Bedoya, Ibelise Escobar and Estevan Bedoya

  • Kathleen and Geoff Galvin

    Kathleen and Geoff Galvin

  • Marisa Gonzalez, Russell Eade and Delores Aniorte

    Marisa Gonzalez, Russell Eade and Delores Aniorte

  • Claire Moore and Ashleigh Barnes

    Claire Moore and Ashleigh Barnes

  • Ray Walker and Kate Bosser

    Ray Walker and Kate Bosser

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.