Spanish Film Festival
Oct 4 to 20, Filmhouse, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival returns to the Filmhouse for the fifth year from October 4 and opens with Giant, the first Basque film to be screened at the cinema.
Inspired by the true story of a group of siblings who set out on a long trip across Europe in the hope that people will pay to see their brother, a man who towers over all else in height, Giant has already received 10 Goya Awards, Spain’s main national annual film awards.
Jon Garano, one of the film’s two directors, will present his film on the opening night of the festival, which presents a total of 15 feature films and seven short films in Spanish.
The programme also features the Scottish premiere of Marta Diaz de Lopez’s Hopelessly Devout and Veronica, Paco Plaza’s supernatural drama. Set in Madrid in 1991, it features a group of working-class youngsters who inadvertently open their lives to something uncontrollable and without explanation.
As in previous years’ programmes, there will be a focus on regional cinema, with screenings of The Bastards’ Fig Tree, Black Is Beltza and Militiawomen; three films from Catalonia.
The festival also features Latin American films such as Help Me To Make It Through The Night and A Fantastic Woman, a selection of Q&As and panel discussions and workshops in schools across Scotland exploring Spanish language and cinema.
Stirling’s Macrobert’s Art Centre will feature a selection from the festival, as will Glasgow ‘s Film Theatre which screens Veronica on October 15, The Giant on October 20 and, on October 17, The Mist And The Maiden, Andes M Koppel’s political crime thriller.
“The main objective of the festival is to support Spanish cinema, and to use film as a vehicle to promote the Spanish language and culture to a wider audience,” says Marian Arechaga, festival curator.