15 May Catch Jamon Jamon at the Spanish Film Festival 2018
Twenty-five extraordinary Spanish films have once again hit Australian shores in the 21st annual Spanish Film Festival.
Films featured include a comedy titled The Tribe starring Paco León and Carmen Machi.
Renowned Spanish director Bigas Luna also received a four-film tribute this year, including a special screening of the 1992 movie, Jamon Jamon.
The Shape of Water‘s academy award winning Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro closes the festival with his 2006 nightmarish fantasy film, Pan’s Labyrinth.
Spanish Film Festival Manager Paulette Arvizu said events such as this allows others to have a greater appreciation and understanding of different cultures and to learn more about the life of people in other parts of the world.
Miss Arvizu also said the festival is one of the few opportunities for Spanish-speaking people to watch these films in Australia.
“We think it is important for the Spanish-speaking public to feel represented on the cinema screens, so the festival is one of the only chances these audiences in Australia get to see these films on the big screen,” she said.
“It is also a great opportunity for Spanish language students to practice their skills.
The Spanish film industry flourished since the relaxing of Francoist censorship in 1978, with the Australian festival celebrating the colour and vibrancy of films from Spanish-speaking countries around the world.