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The Once Upon A Time In Spain selection will be split into three strands: A Retrospective Celebration of Modern Spanish Cinema; A Retrospective Selection of Cult Spanish Cinema and an in-depth celebration of the work of Edinburgh-based Spanish filmmaker Icíar Bollaín. Her latest film, Yuli, is due in cinemas next year and we'll be bringing you an interview with her and writer Paul Laverty then.
Other big names include Basque favourite Álex de la Iglesia, who has directed a string of cult hits since breaking on to the international scene with his Apocalyptic The Day Of The Beast in 1995 and Pedro Almodóvar, with newer voices including Pablo Berger and Raúl Arévalo.
Senior Programmer, Niall Fulton, curator of the Spanish retrospective programme, said: “Revolving around a complete retrospective of the brilliant Icíar Bollaín’s directorial feature work, this celebration of modern Spanish cinema also features a dazzling selection of recent Spanish award winners and film festival favourites, and a thrilling late-night strand showcasing some of the finest cult cinema Spain has ever produced.
Icíar Bollaín at EIFF Photo: Courtesy of EIFF
Films screening in the Modern Spanish Cinema strand
The Last Circus (Álex de la Iglesia, 2010)
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Pedro Rivero, Alberto Vázquez, 2015), screening with short Decorado
The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar, 2011)
The Fury Of A Patient Man (Raúl Arévalo, 2016)
Snow White (Pablo Berger, 2012)
Abracadabra (Pablo Berger, 2017)
Cell 211 (Daniel Monzón, 2009).
As a precursor to the retrospective programme, Álex de la Iglesia’s The Day Of The Beast (1995) will screen as part of Dark Xmas 2018 at Edinburgh Filmhouse.
Films screening in Once Upon a Time in Spain after Dark: A Retrospective Selection of Cult Spanish Cinema
Films in the Icíar Bollaín retrospective
The 73rd edition of EIFF runs from June 19 to 30. The full programme will be announced on May 29.