London Spanish Film Festival

London Spanish Film Festival

The third edition of the London Spanish Film Festival runs from Friday 14 to Thursday 27 September 2007. Again this year, the festival offers a selection of the best contemporary Spanish cinema, with work by established directors like Bigas Luna (Yo soy la Juani) screening alongside work by new young filmmakers like Javier Rebollo (Lo que sé de Lola), Víctor García León (Vete de mí, premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival) and Rodrigo Cortés (Concursante). Many of these films will not have been seen before in London or the UK.

With documentaries a main ingredient of this year’s festival, we are proud to welcome a prestigious figure in documentary Basilio Martín Patino for screenings of three of his key films, including his ground-breaking Canciones para después de una guerra, and a round-table discussion on the challenges of making cinema under a repressive regime.

Our opening film, Hécuba, a homage to the acting profession, will be introduced by directors José Luis López Linares and Arantxa Aguirre. Our other guests will include Álvaro del Amo (El ciclo Dreyer), Javier Rebollo and Lola Mayo (Lo que sé de Lola – winner of the FIPRESCI award at last year’s London Film Festival) and director Agustín Díaz Yanes and actors Viggo Mortensen (TBC) and Ariadna Gil for their epic period film Alatriste, last year’s box office smash in Spain. And for the closing night, actor Leonardo Sbaraglia will join us for a special screening of his new film Concursante.

About Basilio Martín Patino
A landmark figure in Spanish cinema, Patino (b. 1930, Salamanca) was at the head of the New Spanish Cinema movement of the 1960s, and perhaps more than any other director of the period, contributed to the development of a critical vision in Spain years before Franco’s demise.

Patino began his career under Franco’s regime with his 1966 Nueve cartas a Berta (1966). Revolving around a series of nine letters sent from a student in Spain to a girl in England, the film denounced the boredom, reactionary attitudes, ignorance and general apathy of the population under Franco, and while shown to critical acclaim at the San Sebastian Festival, three years passed before it was shown in cinemas and before Patino would work again.

When his next film was mutilated by the censors, Patino moved away from mainstream film towards a highly creative documentary cinema concerned with the construction of an alternative to the official ‘authorized’ version of history through the articulation of popular memory. In a series of films examining the postwar years and Franco’s rise to power (Canciones para después de una guerra, 1971; Caudillo, 1976), Patino combined newsreel footage and a varied range of cultural trivia (advertisements, comics, popular film and song), lifting them out of their original context and, through clever use of editing, releasing alternative – and subversive – meanings.

Falling foul of the censors once again, Patino’s ground-breaking documentaries would only gradually come to light with the restoration of democracy, and he himself did not work again for the big screen until 1985. Since then, Patino has continued to work outside the mainstream, producing several more documentaries and the 2002 feature Octavia, a return to fiction and to the theme underlying all his work: the dialectical relation between the individual and history.

The 3rd London Spanish Film Festival is organised by: Tristana Media in collaboration with The Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy, the Institut francais and the Instituto Cervantes.

The Programme

Ar meno un quejío (If Only a Lament)
dir. Fernando de France, cert. 12, DOCUMENTARY, UK PREMIERE
fri 14 sept, 6.30pm & fri 21 sept, 6.30pm

Hécuba
dir. José Luis López-Linares & Arantxa Aguirre, DOCUMENTARY, UK PREMIERE
fri 14 sept, 8.30pm; followed by a Q&A with the directors; one free Estrella beer per ticket purchased, from 8.00pm; tickets £10, conc. £8

El ciclo Dreyer
dir. Álvaro del Amo, cert. 15, UK PREMIERE
sat 15 sept, 6.00pm; introduced by the director

Lo que sé de Lola (Lola)
dir. Javier Rebollo, cert. 15
sat 15 sept, 8.30pm; followed by a Q&A with the director

La vida perra de Juanita Narboni (The Wretched Life of Juanita Narboni)
dir. Farida Benlyziad, cert. 12, UK PREMIERE
sun 16 sept, 7.00pm

Round table discussion with Basilio Martín Patino
Directors Basilio Martín Patino and Álvaro del Amo will be joined by Prof. Peter W. Evans (Queen Mary) and Paul Preston (London School of Economics) in a round table to talk about the challenges of making cinema under a repressive regime. In Spanish only.
mon 17 sept, 6.30pm at the Instituto Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN

Octavia
dir. Basilio Martín Patino, cert. 12
tue 18 sept, 6.30pm; video screening: tickets £5, conc. £4

Canciones para después de una guerra (Songs for After a War)
dir. Basilio Martín Patino, cert. 15, DOCUMENTARY
tue 18 sept, 8.30pm; video screening: tickets £5, conc. £4; followed by a Q&A with the director and Prof. Peter Evans

El Grito del Sur: Casas viejas
dir. Basilio Martín Patino, DOCUMENTARY
wed 19 sept, 6.30pm; video screening: tickets £5, conc. £4

Soldados de Salamina (Soldiers of Salamina)
dir. David Trueba, cert. 15
wed 19 sept, 8.00pm; followed by a Q&A with lead actress Ariadna Gil (TBC)

Alatriste
dir. Agustín Díaz Yanes, cert. 15
thu 20 sept, 7.30pm; followed by a Q&A with director & actor Viggo Mortensen (TBC) & actress Ariadna Gil; one free Estrella beer per ticket purchased from 7.00pm; tickets £10, conc. £8
sun 23 sept, 4.30pm

Yo soy la Juani (My Name is Juani)
dir. Bigas Luna, cert. 18, UK PREMIERE
fri 21 sept, 8.30pm

Dies d’agost (August Days)
dir. Marc Recha, cert. 15
sat 22 sept, 6.15pm & thu 27 sept, 6.30pm

Vete de mí (Go Away from Me)
dir. Víctor García León, cert. 15, UK PREMIERE
sat 22 sept, 8.30pm & wed 26 sept, 6.30pm

Salvador
dir. Manuel Huerga, cert. 15, LONDON PREMIERE
sun 23 sept, 7.30pm; followed by a Q&A with the director & lead actor Leonardo Sbaraglia
wed 26 sept, 8.30pm

Estrellas de La Línea (The Railroad All-Stars)
dir. Chema Rodríguez, cert. 18, DOCUMENTARY
tue 25 sept, 6.30pm

Los ojos de Ariana (The Eyes of Ariana)
dir. Ricardo Macián Arcas, cert. 15, DOCUMENTARY, UK PREMIERE
tue 25 sept, 8.30pm

Concursante (The Contestant)
dir. Rodrigo Cortés, cert. 15, UK PREMIERE
thu 27 sept, 8.30pm; followed by a Q&A with lead actor Leonardo Sbaraglia; one free Estrella beer per ticket purchased, from 8.00pm; tickets £10, conc. £8

Tickets & Venue Info

Tickets: £7, conc. £5
Double bills (two different film screenings on the same day): £9, conc. £7
Special screenings: £10, conc. £8
Video screenings: £5, conc. £4

Ciné lumière at the Institut français
17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
T. 020 7073 1350 www.institut-francais.org.uk
www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com

Region: All
Venue: Ciné lumière at the Institut français
Venue Address: 17 Queensberry Place, London
Website: http://www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com
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