SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL
Hola! The 2022 Moro Spanish Film Festival opens in Sydney on Tuesday 19 April and runs through to Sunday 15 May, with other cities screening more or less in tandem with those dates. Check the website for your local details here. It is a very full program featuring New Spanish Cinema and Cine Latino sections.
Opening Night promises to be fun with the launch of Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s satire about the movie industry, Official Competition, starring Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez. Cruz plays a capricious director who casts two cinema legends as her leading men, only they can’t stand each other. If the publicity photos of la Cruz’s hair are anything to go by, the film looks loco!
An important sidebar of this year’s festival is a celebration of recent Goya Award-winning and nominated films. These titles are Icíar Bollaín’s political thriller Maixabel, Marcel Barrena’s moving refugee drama Mediterraneo: The Law of The Sea, Fernando Trueba’s Javier Cámara starring (you’ll know him from Truman and The People Upstairs) Forgotten We’ll Be, Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers (Penélope Cruz again), Carol Rodríguez Colas’s comedy about friendship, Girlfriends, and Manuel Martín Cuenca’s taut thriller The Daughter.
There is also a spotlight on Spain’s most high-profile acting duo, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, with a retrospective of three films: the one that brought them together for the first time, 1992’s Jamón Jamón, Fernando León de Aranoa’s 2017 movie about drug lord Pablo Escobar, Loving Pablo, and the aforementioned Parallel Mothers (which only features Cruz, not Bardem). The stars have been a couple since they married in 2010.
There are two documentaries in the festival this year and both will be accompanied by Q&A discussions: Anna Cabré Albós and Isaac Liupiañez Fontanet’s Begin Again, which documents climate scientist Cabré Albós’s journey to the Antarctic, and from Australia, Diana Páez’s Our Voices, which tells the story of the Spanish-speaking migrants who arrived in Victoria between the 1960s and 1980s.
A fun night to consider is Miguel M. Delgado’s beautifully restored Mexican cult classic from 1974, Santo & Blue Demon Vs. Dr. Frankenstein. It stars real-life wrestlers Santo and Blue Demon and will be preceded by a wrestling demonstration from Lucha Fantastica, a diverse team of Mexican performers. It promises to be a wild event!
With 34 titles to choose from, including dramas, horror films, comedies, animation, thrillers and family films, this year’s Moro Spanish Film Festival promises to be a must-see event. Diviértete!