Participating Cinemas: Palace Centro
Bienvenido to the 2012 Spanish Film Festival, presented by Estrella Damm! Celebrating its 15th birthday, this year’s festival will warm your winter with a rich selection of contemporary Spanish language cinema. The festival is now showing until Sunday July 22 at Palace Centro Cinemas.
BY POPULAR DEMAND SESSIONS ANNOUNCED
Monday 23 July
6.30pm AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
Tuesday 24 July
6.30pm CHINESE TAKE-AWAY
Wednesday 25 July
SLEEP TIGHT ( Mientras Duermes)
Sunday 22 July
7.45pm Sangria and music for 8.30pm screening at
Movie Club Members $22 General Admission $25
An embittered concierge at a Barcelona apartment building plots to make one happy-go-lucky resident miserable in this psychological thriller from [REC] and [REC 2] co-screenwriter/co-director Jaume Balaguero.
Luis Tosar is Cesar – a mournful, seemingly invisible concierge, whose obsession with one resident, Clara (Marta Etura), spirals out of control. Carefree and cheerful, Clara’s joy torments the increasingly despairing doorman. Convinced he can only assuage his unhappiness by making others miserable, Cesar resolves to make her suffer. Anonymous letters, chloroform and cockroaches are just some of the nasty surprises in his bag of tricks. Cesar’s diabolical plan begins to unravel when his pre-teen neighbour, Ursala (Iris Almeida), becomes wise to his ways and starts blackmailing him.
Set mostly within the confines of the apartment building, the sense of claustrophobia is palpable. The multi-Goya nominated Tosar (star of last year’s Cell 211) delivers an unnerving performance that will make your skin crawl. For fans of white-knuckle thrills, Sleep Tight is a knockout.
MORE ON THE FESTIVAL
Festival Director Natalia Ortiz has lovingly selected the 2012 programme of films from prestigious festivals around the world. 15th anniversary festival highlights include: AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT (La chispa de la vida) starring the captivating Salma Hayek – from the 2012 Berlinale and named the jewel of the Tribeca Film Festival by Indiewire - about an out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident and plans to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family; insomnia-provoking thriller SLEEP TIGHT (Mientras duermes) starring a pitch-perfect Luis Tosar (Cell 211) as an apartment block concierge in Barcelona who turns on the inhabitants after dark; and the endearing drama CHINESE TAKE AWAY (Cuento chino), set in Buenos Aires and starring celebrated Argentinean actor Ricardo Darín (The Secret in Their Eyes) as a solitary man compelled to take in a Chinese lodger.
For more information on the festival, please visit www.spanishfilmfestival.com or
Due to unforseen circumstances, the Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm session of NO REST FOR THE WICKED will be replaced by AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT.
The 15th Spanish Film Festival screens untill July 22 at Palace Centro.