Pictured: Dying, movie still

The Spanish Film Festival is now in it’s 21st year. To celebrate, Scoop catches up with Paulette Arvizu, this year’s spokesperson of the 2018 Spanish Film Festival in Perth. Arvizu shares her personal recommendations and explains what makes this year’s festival stand out.

Q. Can you describe the festival in three words?

Extremely good fun!

Q. What sets the 2018 festival apart from recent years?

We have a section dedicated to new female directors. We are very proud to have 5 films directed by women this year.

Q. What themes run through the films being screened this year?

Family relationships, love, adventure, dance and a few super natural elements are also in the mix.

Pictured: Jamon Jamon, movie still

Q. For a Spanish film newbie, what films would you recommend?

It’s For Your Own Good – Great comedy and a box office hit in Spain! Made by the same producers behind the highest-grossing Spanish film ever, Spanish Affair 1&2.

Pan’s Labyrinth– An award-winning contemporary classic.

Jamon Jamon – The film that launched Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem’s careers.

Q. How does WA’s Spanish Film Festival compare with others around Australia?

The Perth audiences really embrace the festival and the opening night after party at Connections is always a highlight!

Q. Can you give our readers any details about the special events taking place throughout the festival?

All our events are taking place at Cinema Paradiso. The opening night will show the Australian premiere of dance-floor comedy The Tribe on Thursday April 26, and guests will receive a glass of cava on arrival. Then, the after party takes place at Connections Nightclub with Torres wine, Pinchos catering and Spanish music from DJ Harvey Rae.

Our special event for the film No Filter takes place on Wednesday May 2, which also includes Freixenet cava bubbles on arrival! Our closing night of the festival will show Pan’s Labyrinth, featuring Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro, on Wednesday May 16.

The Tribe, movie still


The 2018 Spanish Film Festival runs from April 26 – May 16 at Cinema Paradiso.

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