Edinburgh Film Festival pays homage to Spain

The International Film Festival this year had a Spanish flavour. Credit: Flickr

THE 73rd edition of the world famous film festival, held in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh pays special attention this year to Spanish cinema. 

“Spanish cinema in the last decade has returned ‘on fire’” said Niall Greig Fulton, a spokesperson for the festival.

This is one of the catalysts for this year’s festival to have for the first time a retrospective look at Spanish Cinema, more specifically the works of acclaimed director Iciar Bollain.

During the festival, works from around eight different Spanish directors were shown, as well as movie shorts and a brief look into Spanish musical culture through documentaries.

Highlight of Bollain’s piece was shown as the directors piece “In Strange Land” which documents the 6,000 Spanish nationals currently living in Edinburgh.

This high quantity of Spanish residents is precisely the reason for the focus of this year’s festival explained Fulton.

The tribute also gives a small nod to the amount of times the countries capital has been referenced in the Catalan debate, using Scotland as an example of breaking independence from their longstanding neighbours.

The film festival finished on Sunday, June 30.

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