London Spanish Film Festival
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CORE PROGRAMME

Thirty Souls

dir. Diana Toucedo

with Alba Arias and Samuel Vilariño

Spain | 2018 | 80 min | Documentary | cert. 15
In Galician and Spanish with English subtitles

 

UK première

sat 28 sep | 4.15pm | £12, conc. £11
Regent Street Cinema

 

Followed by a Q&A with the director

Preceded by the short EL BESO / The Kiss (details below)

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Set in the sparsely-populated village of O Courel, Galicia, Thirty Souls is a mysterious, magical, and haunting meditation on the life-cycle of birth and death in rural Spain. Deeply embedded in local folkloric tradition and the fragile balance between innocence and experience, two children, Alba and Samuel, explore abandoned homes in search of missing names and vanished livelihoods. They expose the sheer power of the Galician landscape with its echoing, menacing mountains and sublime sense of imminent threat. This oneiric love-letter to a remote, enchanting region of Spain – which took a full six years to shoot – is painted through daily rhythms and cadences, exposing life at its most tender and brutal, inviting and savage.

 

 

EL BESO
The Kiss

Spain | 2017 | Romance | 19 min | cert. PG
In Spanish with English subtitles

dir. David Priego

with Olga Frontaura, Lourdes Hernández and Chacha Huang

Paolo is a museum security guard stationed by Rodin's famous sculpture, The Kiss. Although he spends endless hours in quiet contemplation of this eternal, passionate embrace, he lives alone with his dog Coco and believes that he will never experience true love. Enter Francesca, an eccentric woman who, like a magician, rejuvenates his world with an unforgettable kiss. A charming tale of longing and mystique, El Beso explores the enchanting rapport between an artwork and its beholder.

EL BESO
 
THE LONDON SPANISH FILM FESTIVAL
takes place at:
Ciné Lumière
at the Institut français
17 Queensberry Place
South Kensington
London SW7 2DT
Box Office:
020 7871 3515
www.institut-francais.org.uk
Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2HW
Box Office:
020 7911 5050
www.regentstreetcinema.com
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