The 2014 Spanish Film Festival

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On Monday night, I was lucky enough to get myself a ticket to the screening of Scorpion in Love (Alacrán enamorado) at the Spanish Film Festival in Brisbane which is now in it’s 17th year. Featuring the very talented (and not to mention rather dishy) Álex González as the principal character alongside the always excellent Javier Bardem the film tracks the path to redemption of an angry young man through boxing

The film is gritty, raw and difficult to watch at times, but it’s also very enthralling and I personally really appreciated and enjoyed it.

Yes, there is violence. Yes there is some uncomfortable racist brutality and yes, your heart will break for the characters at times. This darkness has been carefully balanced with relationship and character development that brings pure joy to the viewer.

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As a great coup for the Festival, there was a special Q&A with Álex González himself after the screening in which the audience were free to ask him anything and everything – from his preparation for the role, to his favourite football team. Let’s all keep in mind that Alex is one of Spain’s biggest stars and here he was sitting in front of the theatre freely answering question in his wonderful Spanish accent….swoon! Congrats must go to the organisers for getting him on board.

The Spanish Film Festival is on around the country until the 18th of May so there is still plenty of time to get yourself a ticket and take in the passion and variety on offer, with a glass of Sangria. You can view the sessions timetables and purchase tickets here.

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