What to expect of the SFF this year

The 2018 Spanish Film Festival (SFF) will be held at Palace Cinemas in Melbourne from April 19–May 6. And this year El Patio is an official sponsor! So this time we're even more excited than usual to let you know what's on! 

So far we only know of 6 films sure to be featured, here's a tiny glimpse ... But stay VERY tuned in because El Patio has lots of DOUBLE PASSES to give away in the coming weeks! 


THE TRIBE (La Tribu) will take centre stage as the Opening Night Gala. The female-driven story of family reconciliation is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser packed with music and laughs. Starring Carmen Machi as a street dancing mother reunited with her long-lost son (Paco León) and directed by one of Spain’s most respected filmmakers and actors, Fernando Colomo (Isla Bonita SFF16).


NO FILTER (Sin filtro) tells the story of a woman who visits a Chinese doctor and discovers her pain is due to pent-up rage - the only cure for which is to fully express herself, whatever may come. Get ready to let it all out with the cathartic, laugh-out-loud comedy starring Maribel Verdú and directed by comedy superstar Santiago Segura.


MIST & THE MAIDEN (La niebla y la doncella). Adapted from Lorenzo Silva’s best-selling novel, this gripping mystery follows a cold case investigation on the Spanish Canary Islands. Straight from its official selection at the Málaga Film Festival, the film stars a role call of Spanish favourites Verónica Echegui (Let Yourself Go! LIFF17 and You’re Killing Me Susana CineLatino17), Quim Gutiérrez (Three Many Weddings SFF2014), Aura Garrido (Stockholm SFF14), Roberto Álamo (May God Save Us SFF17) and Marian Álvarez (Wounded 2013)


As visually sumptuous as it is entertaining, a desperate housewife’s inattentive husband gets possessed by a ghost in this Almodóvar–esque comedy from Pablo Berger starring Maribel Verdú.


Leaping from Spain’s Civil War to Nazi-occupied France, this period drama follows a chess master who is falsely accused of being a spy and sent to an SS prison.


Breakout director Fernando Franco follows up his Spanish Academy Award winning debut Wounded with this evocative drama also starring Marian Álvarez.

And one more sneak peak...


It will be screened at the start of every session in the Spanish Film Festival – your sneak preview is above.

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