Perdiendo el Norte
Hard to believe it was only three years ago that Berlin got its own film festival dedicated to Spanish cinema, considering the quality and quantity of cinematic output from the country. Worry not, the Spanisches Filmiest Berlin rights that wrong and once again brings you plenty of surprises en español. Opening film Magical Girl, about a father’s endeavours to fulfil his daughter’s dying wish, won top prizes at San Sebastián and promises an unexpectedly disturbing, surrealist trip. More spookiness is to be found in the serial-killer flick Marshland, which stormed the Goyas this year, taking home a whopping 10 statues. In the thought- provoking drama Hermosa juventud, a young Spanish couple struggling with their finances after the arrival of a newborn baby decides to make amateur porn as a last resort. Also dealing with the country’s current economic crisis but doing so with slapstick humour is the Berlin-set comedy Perdiendo el norte, in which two Spanish college graduates move to the German capital looking to make an easy buck, only to find that it’s not quite the walk in the park they imagined. For more info, see www.sffberlin.de.
SPANISCHES FILMFEST BERLIN, Oct 6-11, Kino Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, Kreuzberg, U-Bhf Schönleinstr.