The Spanish Film Festival

The Moro Spanish Film Festival is set to shine this April

From this April to May, Palace Cinemas presents the Moro Spanish Film Festival with a curated selection of films from Spain, Latin America and beyond. Screening in Perth from 27 April – 18 May, the following films are the first sneak peek into the programme which will screen at Palace Cinemas Raine Square and Luna Palace Cinemas Leederville and Luna on SX.

The Festival opens with the Australian premiere of OFFICIAL COMPETITION (Competencia oficial), a star-studded, bitingly funny behind-the-scenes satire of filmmaking, in which a wealthy businessman hires a neurotic director to produce a brilliant art film.  Penélope Cruz stars as the eccentric director and Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martinez as the actors – a Hollywood heartthrob and a radical theatre actor.

Other highlights from the programme include THE DAUGHTER (La hija) – from one of Spain’s most intriguing auteurs, Manuel Martín Cuenca, the cleverly constructed film sees a pregnant teenager come to a tense agreement with the couple sheltering her and stars Javier Gutierrez (Champions, SFF 2019).

A gem from the Latin American selection is FORGOTTEN WE’LL BE (El olvido que seremos), an adaptation of Héctor Abad Faciolince’s memoir about his father, Colombian professor and campaigner Héctor Abad Gómez. This tender family drama set in the polarised, violent Medellin of the 70s, is from award-winning director Fernando Trueba.

The charming and award-winning comedy LANGUAGE LESSONS stars Natalie Morales and Mark Duplass. It tells the story of a Spanish teacher and her student whose online connection takes on far more importance than either could have anticipated.

This year’s Moro Spanish Film Festival boasts an Australian connection with the premiere of locally produced OUR VOICES (Nuestras Voces). A powerful reflection on the strength and resilience of immigrants, this documentary by Diana Paola Paez tells the story of a group of Spanish-speaking migrants who arrived in Victoria between the 1960s and 1980s and showcases their contribution to modern Australia.

The full programme will be announced and tickets on sale in early April.


27 April – 18 May  
Palace Cinemas Raine Square, Luna Cinemas Leederville & Luna on SX


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