Spain’s cinemas slash prices for film fiesta

Movie fans in Spain will be able to snap up tickets for just €2.90 ($3.60) in over 2,500 cinemas from Monday to Wednesday as part of a promotional festival organized by the Spanish Federation of Cinemas.

Spain's cinemas slash prices for film fiesta
Almost 2 million Spanish moviegoers took advantage of reduced prices during April's 'Fiesta del Cine'. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Moviegoers will need to register at the Fiesta Del Cine website to gain access to the discounted seats. A single email address can be used for up to ten people to get accreditation that can be printed or stored on their smartphones.

To purchase tickets at the reduced price, the accreditation much be shown together with a form of ID. Tickets can also be purchased through the Fiesta del Cine website. People aged over 60 and under 14 do not need to register to receive discounts during the three-day promotion.

During the previous Fiesta del Cine, held in April this year, 1,842,444 people took advantage of the promotion to enjoy films including Spanish smash hit 'Ocho Apellidos Vascos' (Eight Basque Surnames) and the superhero blockbuster 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', according to Spanish daily 20 Minutos. 

Check out The Local's guide to the hits and misses of Spain's biggest movie star, Antonio Banderas.

Thanks to the federation's spring promotion, attendances were  206 per cent higher than during the same three days in 2013.

Attractions this autumn include a 'Sing-Along' version of Disney's 'Frozen' and the fifth chapter in the Spanish cop spoof, 'Torrente'.

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‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain’s live-streamed 2021 Goya awards

Pilar Palomero’s debut coming of age film ‘Girls’ was the big winner at the 2021 Goya Awards on Saturday, held via a live-streamed ceremony.

‘The Girls’ wins big at Spain's live-streamed 2021 Goya awards
Antonio Banderas presented the 35th Goya Awards with Spanish journalist María Casado. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The Goyas, Spain’s prestigious annual film awards ceremony, was held at the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank in Málaga. It was a hybrid on-site/virtual ceremony, with no audience nor nominees attending in person.

‘The Girls’, a generation portrait of Spanish women who would now be in their 40s, swept the awards, winning best picture, best new director, best original screenplay, and best cinematography.

Nominees appeared on a large video screen in a Zoom-like setup, and winners accepted prizes from their own homes with their families, giving the ceremony a more intimate feel than usual.

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas directed the ceremony, and other big stars such as Pedro Almodóvar, Penélope Cruz, Paz Vega, and Alejandro Amenábar also made appearances to present the awards.

The non-audience format gave the ceremony, which is broadcast on TV, a larger reach than usual. Celebrities including Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, and Isabelle Huppert sent in pre-recorded messages of support.

Just two days before international women’s day, gender issues featured strongly in nominated films and acceptance speeches. Women won almost as much as men, taking 12 categories, and Daniela Cajías became the first woman director of photography to win the best cinematography award for “Girls.”

In other categories, Mario Casas won best actor for “No Matarás” (Cross the Line), about a good-natured man who has an unexpectedly deadly confrontation, and Patricia López Arnaíz won best actress for her role in Ane (Ane is Missing), in which she plays a mother who investigates her daughter’s disappearance.

The Honorary Goya was awarded to actress Angela Molina, who starred in Luis Buñuel’s last film, “The Obscure Object of Desire”.

Last year, Pedro Almodóvar’s semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory was the star of the ceremony, winning seven honours, including best picture, best director, original screenplay, and best actor for Antonio Banderas.