The 21st Spanish Film Festival brings the fiesta back to Perth

This year's festival promises to deliver tears, laughter and the wonderfully weird!

Meg Caswell
May 26, 2019
Arts & Events
The Spanish Film Festival returned to Perth with a bang last week, kickstarting with a screening of crowd favourite comedy The Tribe. The film follows the story of a dance-loving Mum who recruits her long lost son into a dance troupe she has formed with her fellow dancing ‘tribe’ (dubbed “The Mommies”), and provides the perfect taster of the laughs and talent set to grace our screens over the coming weeks.


Abracadabra - 2018 Spanish Film Festival

Returning to Perth for the 21st year running, this year’s Spanish Film Festival promises to a deliver a line-up that’s jam-packed with laughter, tears, mystery and drama. And we’ve already been lucky enough to catch a sneaky screening of the hilarious comedy Abracadabra. Nominated for a wide array of awards, including Best Film (Comedy) and Best Original Screenplay, the film follows the comedy-fuelled journey of housewife Carmen and her alpha-male husband Carlos, who becomes possessed by the spirit of a murdering waiter after a hypnotism gone wrong. The result? A side-splitting comedy that borders on the weird and wonderful (if you see one fim this year - make it this one).

Along with its usual selection of award-winning films, this year’s festival will also include a few special events to whet the appetite of Perth’s film-lovers. On Wednesday 2nd May, cinema-goers at Cinema Paradiso will be treated to live entertainment and a glass (or two) of the Spanish staple Sangria before the 6:45pm Australian premier of the cathartic comedy No Filter - a film about a woman who can’t help but speak her mind (with hilarious results, of course).

This all leads up to the treat that marks the end of this year’s festival - a special screening of Pans Labyrinth. Celebrating the masterful work of Guillermo del Toro, the director who took home four Academy Awards for the whimsical The Shape of Water, this year’s closing event will bring the fantastical classic back to the big screen for what promises to be a magical end to another great year celebrating the best of Spanish culture.


Lord give me patience - Spanish Film Festival Perth

The 2018 Spanish Film Festival will be screening exclusively at CInema Paradiso until 16th May. For more information on this year’s lineup or to book your tickets, visit the Spanish Film Festival website.

Feature image courtesy of Cine Maniazz

Meg Caswell

Hi everyone, my name’s Meg! Having fallen in love with Perth over the past few years, I finally decided to relocate here from the UK in early 2016. Although I love Perth for its obvious beauty and vibrancy, it’s the city’s unique and hidden treasures that really attracted me to the West Australian way of life. I now live here as a full-time flat white lover and brunch enthusiast, dedicated to discovering Perth’s hidden business heroes.