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The 16th London Spanish Film Festival is here

The London Spanish Film Festival, now in its 16th edition, comes again to Ciné Lumière, from September 22nd to October 3rd, with an exciting selection of some of the best films made in Spain.

Most of the films are UK premieres and probably your only chance to watch them! Thecore program and Basque and Catalan Windows offer a variety of films covering many genres and showing the wealth of talent Spain has to offer.

This year the Jury who will award the Best Film prize is formed by Greta Scacchi, Peter Guttridge and Marco Gambino.

Don’t miss the chance to watch Out in the Open, directed by Benito Zambrano is a breath-taking thriller, gorgeously-shot Western, boasting the stunning cinematography of Pau Esteve Birba.

A boy runs away from home, dashing through the heartlands. Leaving his penniless family behind him, he is desperate to reach the city and earn a living. But his pursuers are giving chase… Out in the open, he finds a shepherd who offers protection, a mysterious man who spent many years in Morocco before the Civil War.

Highlights include While at War by Academy Award winner Alejandro Amenábar, his seventh feature film, which takes us back to the days of the Spanish Civil War outbreak and Miguel de Unamuno’s fight in Salamanca against everyone to stand for what he believed was right.

Not just another Spanish Civil War film, While at War goes beyond the depiction of one of its chapters, but shows the dangers of political passivity and the dignity of the famous philosopher and writer who fought angainst everyone, right and left, to stand for what he believed in.

The program also includes a special screening of Luis Buñuel’s Tristana starring Catherine Deneuve, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. Now a classic, Tristana caused a stir with his exploration of decadence, repression and desire in Toledo, which was based on Benito Pérez Galdós’s novel by the same title and written in 1892.

Tristana is a young woman who remains orphan and goes to the house of don Lope under his protection. Don Lope falls under the spell of her and takes up the role of protector/husband. Things start changing when she falls in love with a young artist and the until then submissive Tristana starts finding her own voice.

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