The Moro Spanish Film Festival presented by Palace returns this year, with a curated selection of films we missed last year as well as some brand-new titles, offering film lovers a cinematic journey across Spain and Latin America.
Screening nationally from 20 April, the following films are our first sneak peek into the programme which will screen nationally at Palace Cinemas.
From Spain, the selection includes:
Internationally acclaimed director Alejandro Amenábar’s (The Others, The Sea Inside) exposé of the 1936 Spanish coup WHILE AT WAR (Mientras dure la Guerra). Filmed across Spain and Argentina, it reveals the personal side of politics through the eyes of writer Miguel de Unamuno.
Trapped inside a small apartment where hidden secrets slowly rise to the surface, THE PLAN (El plan) sees three friends forced to confront revealing truths in this biting comedy featuring Spanish stars Antonio de la Torre and Raúl Arévalo.
Raúl Arévalo also stars in THE EUROPEANS (Los europeos) opposite Juan Diego Botto in an unforgettable romantic holiday adventure set in the wild world of 1950’s Ibiza, where dreams sometimes carry a sting in the tail.
And the dream of home ownership takes an unexpected turn in ONE CAREFUL OWNER (El inconveniente)
when a young woman must wait for a property’s current elderly owner to die in this offbeat tale of women’s friendship. Starring Almodóvar favourite Kiti Mánver and Juana Acosta.
From Latin America comes:
HEROIC LOSERS (La Odisea de los Giles) the number one Argentinian film of 2019. Heroic Losers is a homespun Ocean’s 11 featuring superstar Ricardo Darín and his son Chino in a comedy heist rich in local colour and unforgettable characters.
And highlighting the Australian-Spanish connection is LATIGO in which Australian comic and filmmaker Simon Palomares visits Cuba to explore the universal joy of laughter in a film heralded as “The Buena Vista Social Club of comedy!”
Benjamin Zeccola, Chief Executive Officer, Palace Cinemas, said: “After sadly having to cancel the Moro Spanish Film Festival last year, we are sure there will be mucho anticipación for a return to celebrations in 2021.”
Kristen Moxey, Marketing and Innovation Manager, Moro Olive Oil, said: “Moro is delighted to return as the presenting partner of the Moro Spanish Film Festival. Sharing our culture, heritage and love of food lies at the very heart of the Moro brand. This is why we are a proud and passionate supporter of this festival. We are excited to showcase a selection of the best new films from Spain. We hope you enjoy!”
The 2021 Moro Spanish Film Festival will take place nationally from 20 April to 16 May in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Byron Bay.
Cinemagoers can enjoy a COVIDSafe experience at Palace Cinemas with social distancing measures in place, reduced capacities (these differ by state), frequent sanitisation and clean air circulated every ten minutes in theatres.
Sydney 20 Apr – 9 May: Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Palace Central and Chauvel Cinema.
Canberra 21 Apr – 9 May: Palace Electric Cinema.
Melbourne 22 Apr – 9 May: The Astor Theatre, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Westgarth, The Kino, Palace Balwyn and Pentridge Cinema.
Adelaide 27 Apr – 16 May: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas.
Perth 28 Apr – 16 May: Palace Raine Square Cinemas, Luna Leederville and Luna on SX.
Brisbane 28 Apr – 16 May: Palace James Street and Palace Barracks.
Byron Bay 29 Apr – 12 May: Palace Byron Bay.
For updates and more information, visit www.spanishfilmfestival.com