14th Spanish Film Festival 2011

March 15th, 2011


Señores and señoritas, it’s time for the greatest show on earth!  The 14th Spanish Film Festival 2011 is touring the country in May 2011.

  • 11 – 29 May 2011

In 2011, the opening night for the festival is set to feature the Australian Premiere of The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta – www.baladatristedetrompeta.com) centre-stage for an Opening Night like you have never seen before! From acclaimed director Álex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, Perdita Durango, Ferpect Crime), The Last Circus is a darkly comic tale of two clowns competing for the love of the most beautiful and cruel woman in the circus. Winner of Best Screenplay and the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, The Last Circus received an unparalleled 15 nominations for the 2011 Goya Awards in its native Spain. Exploding with energy, this stylish Tarantinoesque genre-bender is sure to get the festival adrenalin pumping! The Last Circus cements Spain’s reputation of creating cinema at its most cutting-edge and screens in the festival courtesy of Madman Entertainment. Following the Opening Night screening will be a Spanish fiesta with drinks, tapas and music.

National Festival Locations and Dates
Sydney: Wed 11 – Sun 22 May, Palace Norton Street & Chauvel in Paddington
Melbourne: Thu 12 – Sun 22 May, Palace Cinema Como & Kino Cinemas
Brisbane: Wed 18 – Sun 29 May, Palace Centro Cinemas
Adelaide: Thu 26 – Sun 29 May, Palace Nova Eastend
Canberra: Thu 26 – Sun 29 May, GU Manuka
Perth: Wed 25 – Sun 29 May, Cinema Paradiso

The Australian Premiere of Chico and Rita, the hugely acclaimed and Goya Award winning film will be shown at the 14th Spanish Film Festival. Chico and Rita is an animated love story for grown-ups set against the sensuous backdrop of the music scene in Havana and New York in the forties and fifties. In a further coup for the festival, selected screenings will be followed by a special behind-the-scenes look with director Tono Errando, one of the three directors of this phenomenal collaboration, alongside Oscar winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba and Spain’s most acclaimed designer, Javier Mariscal.

Estrella Damm presents the 14th Spanish Film Festival with the support of the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs in Spain, the ICAA (Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts) the Spanish Consulate in Sydney and Melbourne, The Spanish Embassy, the Argentinean Government through INCAA (Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts Argentina), The Embassies and Consulates of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela, The Instituto Cervantes and many prestigious Spanish and Australian companies.

Further program information to come.

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