Discover Reel Inspiración at the Spanish Film Festival, exclusive to Palace Barracks and Palace Centro!

This year’s Spanish Film Festival program includes a star-studded line-up of films, including the Berlinale award-winning film Summer 1993. Showcasing 39 films, the festival invites audiences to indulge in almost three weeks of Spanish culture on the big screen.

The festival will open with the sexy and daring Spanish box office hit Kiki, Love to Love. Told through five stories, as a scorching summer heatwave intensifies the desires of a collection of Madrid lovers, this award-winning comedy is adapted from Aussie Josh Lawson’s film, The Little Death. The film’s star, Natalia de Molina (Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed) will be in attendance.

The festival will close with The Trip To Spain, directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The third chapter of the popular The Trip series picks up where they left off in The Trip to Italy, with semi-fictional raconteurial ramblings and impressions of Michael Caine as the duo take a sun-drenched tour of the best restaurants in Spain.

The Queen of Spain, from Oscar winning director Fernando Trueba, stars Penelope Cruz as a 1950s Hollywood film star returning to Spain, and will be featured as a Special Event screening.

The Reel Flamenco section of the program will electrify with screenings of Flight of the Guitar: Dreaming of Paco De Lucia, which tells the story of Spanish musician Paco De Lucia (aka ‘La Maestro’) and his self-designed guitar; Jota: Beyond Flamenco, the new film from legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlo Saura (Carmen, Tango) which captures the vivacity and charisma of the jota, a waltz-like castanet dance; and 13. Miguel Poveda, a behind-the-scenes expose and tribute to one of Spain’s most famous flamenco singers, celebrating his 25-year career.

The Reel Infantil section features kids films that will entertain the whole family, including the fantastical adventure film Zip & Zap & Captain’s Island, the story of two mischievous brothers on a mysterious remote island adventure; and the adorable animated feature Ozzy, about a friendly beagle whose idyllic life turns upside down when his family goes on holidays to Japan — where no dogs are allowed!

Highlights from the Reel Español section include The Bar, an offbeat thriller from cult director Alex de la Iglesia about a motley group of people trapped in a bar; May God Save Us, featuring Roberto Alamo in his Goya award-winning role as a detective tasked with tracking down a killer amongst a million tourists in mid-summer Madrid; and Smoke and Mirrors, the incredible true story of the shadowy Francisco Paesa, the man who fooled an entire country.

This year’s retrospective will focus on Ana Belén, a multi-talented actress, singer and director who has recorded more than 35 albums and appeared in more than 40 films and 30 theatrical productions across her career. The retrospective will include three of Ana’s earlier films — Torment (1974), Demons in the Garden (1982) and The House of Bernarda Alba (1987), all screening in 35mm courtesy of the Instituto Cervantes.

Finally, this year’s centerpiece film is Summer 1993, the critical breakout at this year’s Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival), where it took out the Best First Feature prize. Telling the moving tale of a six-year-old orphan girl who goes to live with her uncle after losing her mother, this coming-of-age film is delicately crafted by Catalan director Carla Simón, and heralds the arrival of a major new voice in world cinema.

The Spanish Film Festival will run from Thursday 27 April to Sunday 14 May at Palace Barracks and Palace Centro; to see the full program and buy tickets, visit

We’ve got 20 double passes to give away to a special preview screening of Summer 1993, the centerpiece film of the Spanish Film Festival, at Palace Barracks Cinema on Friday 7 April at 6:30pm. Enter now for your chance to win!

HOW TO ENTER: Enter via the form below. *Entrants agree to receive future promotional offers from Bmag. This prize is not redeemable for cash and cannot be transferred. Competition closes 9am, Monday 3 April. UPDATE: This competition has closed. Congratulations to our winners — Eileen Chin, Julene Winn, Nathan Baker, Tanya Howe, Clare Besly, Syl Wright, Alan Pradella, John Thomson, Brett Jiggins, Susan Manderson, David Lloyd, Maria Mends, Leonie O’Keefe, Mark Welch, Brett Atkinson, Lara Hainsworth, Karen Corkery, John Graham, Greg Mossop and Mitchell Milligan!