After far too long away from the darkened comfort of your favourite cinema, the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival is returning this weekend for its first in-person event of the year. From the 4th to the 6th June 2021, the Odeon Cinema on Lothian Road will play host to three films as part of a varied programme.
First up is 2019 film Rosa’s Wedding on Friday 4th June at 6pm, which tells the story of put-upon and under-appreciated Rosa. After a lifetime of being taken for granted and denied her own pleasure, Rosa decides to return to her childhood home, reopen the dress shop that once belonged to her deceased mother and “marry herself”. A celebration of self-love (in a good way).
Then, on Saturday 5th June at 6pm, ESFF return with Memories of my Father, a 2018 Colombian flick focusing on the life (and death) of public health activist and outspoken critic of the Colombian government Héctor Abad Gómez. Portrayed with sensitivity by Javier Cámara, Gomez is a professor, husband and father who gave his heart to the world, only to have his life taken from him by it. Tear. Jerker.
Finally, Sunday 6th sees a screening of The Europeans at 6pm. This romantic comedy from last year is set in 1950s Spain and focuses on Miguel and Antonio, two thirty-somethings who attempt to find themselves (and true sexual freedom) on the famously liberal island of Ibiza – only to have their assumptions about what that journey might entail turned on their heads.
All precautions and protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of attendees, while ticket information can be found on the ESFF website. ¡Bienvenido al cine de nuevo!