If you think Spain is only about tango, tortillas and Ricky Martin, then maybe it’s time you learn a little more about the country. And what better way to know Spain than to watch some great Spanish cinema? Starting in Delhi next week is the 6th annual Spanish Film Festival, which will bring together critically acclaimed and popular cinema from the country. To be held at the India Habitat Centre, the festival is being promoted by the Spanish Embassy.
“India and Spain share the passion for cinema and it can be a good medium to promote Spanish culture in India,” says Patricia Palomar, a delegate from the Spanish Embassy.
The week-long festival will screen eight movies and three documentaries. Prominent filmmakers and actors, such as Edmon Roch, Elena Anaya and Marta Atura will be attending the event.
“Most of the movies that we have selected, are new releases, highly acclaimed back home. The theme ranges from social to family issues,” says Palomar. She adds that they have carefully selected each film to reflect certain aspects of Spain’s cinema and culture.
For instance, Yo Tambien, which will be showed on Day 1, is a drama about a boy with Down syndrome, whereas Hierro, is a thriller. The festival travels across India and encourages the exchange of ideas between Spanish and Indian filmmakers.