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Spanish score Film Festival

Jordi Llompart’s football-focused doco Barça Dreams, about one of the world’s best football teams, is named among the titles for the Spanish Film Festival, which will play Auckland through the back half of April.

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.

Several of the 17 titles named 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. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries), last week 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, 14 – 29 April. Programme details will be published on the Academy Cinemas website.

NB: Following classification challenges for some titles, the Spanish Film Festival was subsequently redated to run 9 May – 5 June.

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