The Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival will take place in Amsterdam from 5 to 9 October 2022. You can enjoy Spanish films for five days in a row in four different places in the city: Pathé Tuschinski, Eye Filmmuseum, OBA library and Lab111. Whether you like serious documentaries, thrilling thrillers or Netflix movies, there is bound to be a movie for you. In addition to the films, there are sometimes Spanish snacks and wines with live music and meetings with various Spanish directors and directors, actresses and actors afterwards. Below a small selection of the editors of the glossy Spain magazine ESPANJE! with the trailer included. For the complete program and tickets, visit the website of the Amsterdam Spanish Film Festival.
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Opening film Rainbow – Netflix in Tuschinski
Pathé Tuschinski, October 5, 8 pm, with Q&A, snacks and wine
The festival opens with the film Rainbow, which can be seen on Netflix from the end of September. But of course it’s much more fun in Tuschinski on the big screen, with a Q&A afterwards with director Paco León and Spanish singer Dora Postigo, who will also sing part of the soundtrack. Rainbow is a modern version of the Wizard of Oz, starring Dora Postigo. The streaming service does not call Rainbow a film but a “trip”. Dora searches for her mother and on the way comes across a lion in her room, a woman who promises to make her very rich and famous and she ends up at a bizarre party.
Un año una noche – The impact of Bataclan
Eye Film Museum October 7 at 9.30 pm, with Q&A
The young couple Céline and Ramón survived the terrorist attack in the Bataclan theater on November 13, 2015, but that night left an open wound in their lives. While Céline has repressed her experience and plunges back into her old life, Ramón is stuck in the past. Both struggle with the same question: how can they survive and move on as a couple? The film is an adaptation of the book “Paz, amor y Death metal”, by Ramón González, who survived the attack in Bataclan itself.
Breathe – Women’s Wing in Barcelona
OBA Oosterdok Amsterdam, October 6 at 8 p.m
Breathe is a raw and impressive one and a half hour documentary about the female inmates of Can Brians 1 prison in Barcelona. The Catalan actress, director and producer Susanna Barranco tells the story of seven female prisoners. How did they end up in prison and what is it like for those women to live without freedom? The documentary reflects on the current Spanish prison system and raises the question of what consequences imprisonment has for the mental and physical health of the women.
Girasoles silvestres – In search of happiness
Wildflowers October 9 Eye Film Museum 7 pm
The spirited 22-year-old Julia falls head over heels in love with Óscar. They get into an intense relationship, full of ups and downs. The more time she spends with the troubled young man, the more Julia wonders if the relationship is stable enough to be viable. Does Óscar’s erratic behavior make him a suitable life partner and male role model for her children? After a violent incident, Julia decides to leave Óscar and look for a better future. This seventh feature by Jaime Rosales explores the thorny path of love and is an ode to the zest for life and the perseverance of a woman who already has two children at a young age. Julia (Anna Castillo) is not easy to catch: the search for true love may sometimes be an ordeal, but that is no reason to give up.
The Catalan director Jaime Rosales (1970, Barcelona) previously gained fame with Las horas del día (2003) and Petra (2018). About his latest film, he says: “I wanted to make a film that is uplifting, despite dramatic moments. I want to show the viewer the story of a strong woman who manages to survive in difficult circumstances, and who leaves the viewer with a sense of hope.”
Las Bestias – Galician thriller
LABIII October 7 7 pm
A French couple moves to a hamlet in the Galician mountains to start farming ecologically. Antoine and Olga lead a quiet life and are full of plans, but can count on little support from the other villagers. Things do not go well with their neighbours, the Anta brothers, and it even leads to a conflict, which causes tensions to rise throughout the village. When Antoine disappears one day, Olga decides to stay and find out what happened. With beautiful images of Galician peasant life.
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