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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.

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