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Dan Carrier’s movies news: The Spanish Film Festival, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

06 April, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

La Corona Partida – a highlight of the Spanish Film Festival

THE London Spanish Film Festival hits our screens towards the end of the month for a weekend of featuring the best of new Iberian flicks. The programmers have come up with a mix of comedy, drama and documentary – and the chance to catch Spanish language films that do not normally get widescale releases in the UK.

Highlights include Jordi Frades’ historical piece La Corona Partida, telling the story of Ferdinand of Aragon, who, following the death of his wife Isabella, launches into war against Philip, his son-in-law, over Castille. Based on the early 16th-century history, The Broken Crown, the film brings in a new perspective to this episode of Spanish history by focusing on the unscrupulous lust for power of two men and a woman who didn’t wish for the weight of a crown and who was devastated when betrayed by her husband and her own father.

Venues include the gorgeous Regent Street Cinema. See www.londonspanishfilmfestival.com

• If you didn’t get to Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? at a special screening at the Barbican two weeks ago, it’s on general release this week and is a must-see. Telling the story of Saar Maoz, a 39-year-old gay man from Israel who moved to London, his relationship with his family and how the wonderful Islington and Camden-based London Gay Men’s Choir helped him, is poignant, moving and lovely.

Catch it while you can.

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