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Spring Weekend – London Spanish Film Festival
28 May - 30 May|
The 10th Spring Weekend of the London Spanish Film Festival comes back, after missing one very strange year, full of energy and positive vibes setting the mood for an exciting 17th edition in September.
To celebrate Spanish cinema and its artists, as part of this weekend, you’ll find the latest film by veteran Fernando Trueba, three impressive debuts by three promising women, and a hopeful and moving reflection on what life is.
- Schoolgirls (Las Niñas, 2020 Pilar Palomero), Friday 28: This is the story of Celia, an 11-year-old girl who studies at a nuns’ school in 1992. Celia is a good girl; she is a responsible student and a considerate daughter. The arrival of a new classmate will open a little window through which Celia will discover a whole new world. Together with her new friend and some older girls, Celia will enter a new stage of her life: adolescence, the stage of first-times. Her body needs to experiment, try new things, and stop being a little girl, even if that entails confronting her mother and everything that meant comfort and security.
- Memories of My Father (El Olvido que Seremos, 2021, Fernadno Trueba) Friday 28 and Saturday 29: This is a portrait of a public figure. A physician turned university lecturer, Abad Gomez campaigned for decades for the introduction of a public health system in Colombia. Refusing to back down in his highly public criticism of Colombia’s establishment and its callous indifference to social inequality, Abad Gómez was gunned down by paramilitaries in the city center in 1987.
- The Human Voice (La Voz Humana, 2020, Pedro Almodóvar), Saturday 29: A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.
- The Innocence (La Innència, 2021, Lucia Alemany), Saturday 29:Lis enjoys one more summer with her friends. The town’s lack of intimacy, enforced by scandalmonger neighbours, means she keeps her relationship status secret, but the end of summer arrives with an unpleasant surprise.
- My Mexican Bretzel (2019, Nuria Giménez), Sunday 30:Lies are just another way of telling the truth. The desire to believe is the hand of the man hanging from a cliff and clinging to the only stone that would seem to save him. But he always ends up falling because the stone is a mirage, just as the cliff is. Death is awakening from this dream in which the essential can be said and in which the continuous and infinite has a beginning, an end and a meaningh.
- That Was Life (La vida era eso, 2020, David Martín de los Santos), Sunday 30: Two Spanish women from different generations find themselves sharing a hospital room in Belgium. María has been living there for decades after emigrating when she was young and Verónica is a young girl recently arrived in search of opportunities she never found in Spain. A strange friendship is forged between them and this leads Maria to set out on a return journey to the south of Spain with an unusual mission. What begins as a search for Veronica’s roots will become an opportunity to open herself up to the world and question certain principles on which she had based her life.