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Opening night at the 2018 SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL-A showcase for Spanish Lifestyle and products

Written by Aksel Ritenis

The 2018 Spanish Film Festival (SFF) will screen nationally from 17 April exclusively at Palace Cinemas. These five highlights will form part of the curated program of films and events that will celebrate the culture, life and cinema of Spain.

THE TRIBE (La Tribu)took centre stage as the Opening Night Gala.

The female-driven story of family reconciliation is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser packed with music and laughs. Starring Carmen Machi as a street dancing mother reunited with her long-lost son (Paco León) and directed by one of Spain’s most respected filmmakers and actors, Fernando Colomo (Isla Bonita SFF16).

The film was shot largely around the neighbourhood of Badalona which is a coastal Village not far removed from barcelona and reached by a 30 minute train ride ..

Patrons and Guests were treated to some delicious Spanish style sandwiches and a glass of the everpopular FREIXENET CAVA prior to the screening but the afterparty gave participants the illusion they were in Barcelona with Spanish music and dancing and freeflowing Estrella cerveza, TORRES VINA SOL and Sangre de Toro which accompanied the Tapas and the delicious Paella.The Spanish Tapas and Paella were provided by the Catering company OLA LOLA which specializes in  serving home style, healthy and delicious Latin American foods.The  menu at Ola Lola brings together ingredients and flavours from all over South and Central America.


The festival  truns nationally from 17 April to 16 May in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Hobart.

LISTING DETAILS: NSW 17 April – 6 May Palace Verona, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central Sydney ACT 18 April – 6 May Palace Electric VIC 19 April – 6 May Palace Cinema Como, Kino Cinemas, Palace Brighton Bay, The Astor Theatre & Palace Westgarth WA 26 April – 16 May Cinema Paradiso QLD 26 April – 13 May Palace Barracks & Palace Centro James St SA 26 April – 13 May Palace Nova Eastend & Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas TAS 3 May – 9 May State Cinema

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About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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