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Spanish Film Festival back on track

Originally announced for April but no worse for a bit of waiting (caused by the need to resolve some classification challenges) the Spanish Film Festival will now kick off in Auckland in two weeks.

Spain’s highest-earning local release of 2015, Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s comedy Spanish Affair 2 (pictured, top) will open the festival. The film is the sequel to Lazaro’s Summer Affair, which was Spain’s best-performing local title in 2014.

Jordi Llompart’s football-focused doco Barça Dreams, about one of the world’s best football teams, is also named in the starting line-up.

Spanish Affair 2

Emilio Martínez-Lázaro’s festival opener Spanish Affair 2

Several of the 17 titles selected are Spanish language rather than necessarily hailing from Spain, including Colombian Ciro Guerra’s Directors Fortnight awardee and Oscar nominee Embrace of the Serpent.

Other highlights include Julio Medem’s Ma Ma, featuring Penelope Cruz (pictured, top). The festival will be showing Medem’s original cut, rather than the edited version released in Spain.

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), recently co-opted to help the Oscars look not so white, appears in Pablo Agüero’s political drama Eva No Duerme.

Gael Garcia Bernal in Eva No Duerme (Eva Doesn't Sleep)

Gael Garcia Bernal in Eva No Duerme (Eva Doesn’t Sleep)

The Spanish Film Festival runs at the Academy, Auckland, Thursday 19 May – Sunday 5 June. The programme is below. Booking is via the Academy Cinemas website.

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