The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is bringing the creativity, history and talent of today’s Spanish cinema to Toronto audiences with the 2019 Spanish Film Festival.
Every Thursday from October 10 – 31, Toronto audiences will have the chance to screen the thoughtful, humourous and provocative films selected for this year’s festival, highlighting the quality and vitality of today’s Spanish film industry.
In collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa, the department will be screening a selection of recent films from 2018 and 2019. This year’s festival offers four award-winning films and box-office champions that do not currently have commercial distribution in Canada.
Films include El Reino (The Realm), a TIFF 2018 selection and seven-time Goya Award — Spain’s national annual film awards — winning thriller about political corruption, Campeones (Champions), one of Spain’s biggest box-office successes of last year and the winner of the 2019 Goya Award for Best Film, as well as the 2019 drama La Banda (Love Beats)and comedy Yo, Mi Mujer y Mi Mujer Muerta (Me, Myself, and My Dead Wife).
The 2019 Spanish Film Festival is presented by the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), under the umbrella of SPAIN arts & culture, and in concert with independent local cinemas (ByTowne and Globe), the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Toronto, the European Cultural Society of Calgary and the Aula Cervantes.