London Spanish Film Festival
ABUELOS
CORE PROGRAMME

Grandfathers

dir. Santiago Requejo

with Carlos Iglesias, Roberto Álvarez and Ramón Barea

Spain | 2019 | 108 min | Comedy | cert. PG
In Spanish with English subtitles

 

UK première

sat 28 sep | 6.15pm | £13, conc. £11 | Ciné Lumière

 

Followed by a Q&A (tbc)

Preceded by the short ALGO EN LO QUE CREER / Something to Believe In (see details below)

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Isidro (Carlos Iglesias) has suffered heavily from the Spanish financial crash. He is unemployed at the age of 56, but nobody wants to hire a senior – even one with 30 years of relevant experience. His friends Desiderio (Ramón Barea), a writer of romantic fiction, and Arturo (Roberto Álvarez), a retiree desperate to be a grandfather, feel similarly out of place and behind the times in a globalised world in which image, youth, and technology reign supreme. Even so, the trio refuse to give up, joining forces to prove that they still have something to offer. Side by side they launch a modern, forward-thinking (or so they think) business from scratch: a nursery for toddlers. What could go wrong!? The first full-length feature from director Santiago Requejo, Abuelos is jam-packed with warm-hearted, feel-good humour – and a sharp critique of cultural assumptions about the elderly.

 

 

ALGO EN LO QUE CREER
Something to Believe In

Spain | 2018 | 13 min | Drama |
cert. PG
In Spanish with English subtitles

dir. Fany de la Chica

with María Alfonsa Rosso and Manuel Salas

UK première

Little Alba is about to receive her first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. Her grandfather is very sick, so she asks Jesus Christ to end his life in peace. However, when he dies the next day, leaving a drug-addict uncle to take care of the children, a concerned Alba fears that she is culpable for his death. An insightful and reflective short from award-winning Andalusian filmmaker Fany de la Chica, now based in Harlem (New York), which won a College Emmy Award in 2019.

ALGO EN LO QUE CREER
 
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