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The 2018 Spanish Film Festival (SFF) will screen nationally from 17 April exclusively at Palace Cinemas. These five highlights will form part of the curated program of films and events that will celebrate the culture, life and cinema of Spain.

THE TRIBE (La Tribu) will take centre stage as the Opening Night Gala. The female-driven story of family reconciliation is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser packed with music and laughs. Starring Carmen Machi as a street dancing mother reunited with her long-lost son (Paco León) and directed by one of Spain’s most respected filmmakers and actors, Fernando Colomo (Isla Bonita SFF16).

Other highlights include the Australian premieres of:

MIST & THE MAIDEN (La niebla y la doncella). Adapted from Lorenzo Silva’s best-selling novel, this gripping mystery follows a cold case investigation on the Spanish Canary Islands. Straight from its official selection at the Málaga Film Festival, the film stars a role call of Spanish favourites Verónica Echegui (Let Yourself Go! LIFF17 and You’re Killing Me Susana CineLatino17), Quim Gutiérrez (Three Many Weddings SFF2014), Aura Garrido (Stockholm SFF14), Roberto Álamo (May God Save Us SFF17) and Marian Álvarez (Wounded 2013).

From the maverick director of the Spanish Academy Award (Goya) winning Blancanieves (Snow White 2012) comes madcap comedy ABRACADABRA. As visually sumptuous as it is entertaining, a housewife’s husband gets possessed by a ghost in thisAlmodóvar–esque comedy from Pablo Berger starring Maribel Verdú (SFF guest 2013) and Antonio de la Torre (The Fury of a Patient Man SFF17).

Goya nominee Marc Clotet (The Sleeping Voice 2011) and Melina Matthews (The Returned 2013) star in period drama THE CHESS PLAYER (El jugador de ajedrez), Luis Oliveros’s second feature, which follows a chess master who is falsely accused of being a spy and sent to an SS prison.

And DYING (Morir) from breakout director Fernando Franco – a follow-up to his Goya Award winning debut Wounded. This evocative drama stars Marian Álvarez as Marta, a vivacious woman understandably pushed to the edge of her emotional limits when her partner is diagnosed with a brain tumour.

This is just a taste of the full 2018 Spanish Film Festival menu.

The festival will take place nationally from 17 April to 16 May in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart.


NSW: 17 April – 6 May Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central Sydney

ACT: 18 April – 6 May Palace Electric

VIC: 19 April – 6 May Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Brighton Bay, The Astor Theatre & Palace Westgarth

WA: 26 April – 16 May Cinema Paradiso

QLD:  26 April – 13 May Palace Barracks & Palace Centro James St

SA: 26 April – 13 May Palace Nova Eastend & Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas

TAS: 3 May – 9 May State Cinema

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