Spain comes to the Filmhouse

Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas Pic: Contributed
Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas Pic: Contributed
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WRESTLING from Uruguay, an animated Don Quixote, the newest adaptation of the darkly magical and brooding Garcia Lorca, just some of the highlights so far of this year’s Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival at the Filmhouse.

Now in its second week, there are still some gems to be enjoyed in the final days of screenings.

Rosie Crerar, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland adds, “The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival offers a diverse, innovative and exciting programme of film and events.

“The festival provides a platform to showcase some of Spain’s most talented filmmakers and is an excellent opportunity for people from across Scotland to discover and celebrate the rich cultural history of Spanish Film.”

This week the Festival hosts the Scottish premieres of the Latin American films Kaplan (Friday 6.05pm/Saturday 3.15pm) by Álvaro Brechner, and Jayro Bustamante’s Ixcanul (Saturday 1pm).

Other films screenings yet to come include Food and Shelter (tomorrow 8.45pm), telling the story of Rocío, a young single mother, who struggles to provide for herself and her son.

Sex, Maracas & Chihuahuas (Friday 1.05pm), the tale of Xavier Cugat, a musical genius, glitzy persona and the only Spaniard with two stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The King of Havana (tomorrow 3.15pm), Agusti Villaronga’s adaptation of a celebrated “dirty realism” novel by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez which takes viewers on an immersive risqué tour of Old Havana.

Bad Day to Go Fishing (Friday 3.20pm/Saturday 6pm), in which ex-wrestling star Jacob Van Oppen and his manager Orsini make a good living staging fake wrestling matches in small South American towns.

Finally, Lovers: A True Story (tomorrow 5.55pm), is based on a true story and set in 1950s Spain. It revolves around Paco, a young man who finds himself in Madrid in search of a job after leaving the army.

The Spanish Film Festival also includes events and activities with opportunities to discuss the work shown.

For full details of all screenings, times, and a programme of events visit