Spanish Embassy to screen ZIFF movies


The Spanish Embassy in collaboration with the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) will for the first time screen participating movies of the festival at its cultural centre from October 3 to 7.

ZIFF will run from September 30 to October 7 under the theme “Finding Common Ground”, to connect Africans across the continent and make sure the Zimbabwean public was exposed to the rich cultural heritage of African films.

“The cultural centre of the Spanish Embassy in Belgravia will be screening two movies a day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, African movies will be screened, from countries such as Democratic Republic of the Congo or South Africa. A Caribbean and a Pakistan movie will also be shown,” said Spanish Embassy Cultural attachè, Marina Garcia.

Garcia said Tuesdays and Thursdays would be especially for Spanish language and cinema lovers.
She said audiences would watch a movie titled Atame! — internationally known as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down — one of the best movies directed by the great Spanish director, Pedro Almodovar.

Garcia said it was the movie which launched the Hollywood career of the internationally acclaimed Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas, where love, madness and destiny play a controversial role.

“If you like adventure and action, you cannot miss the second Spanish movie Celda 211, which is directed by Daniel Monzón and has won eight Goya prizes in 2009, for the best film, actor and director,” said Garcia.

She said the movie told the story of two men on different sides of a prison riot and the movie would also be screened in Norton on October 3.

Garcia said tomorrow and Thursday, refreshments would be served in the most Arabic style which the Embassy had inaugurated for the festival.

She said the film festival would also be screening in Harare, Chitungwiza and Bulawayo.

“This will contribute to a wider circulation of African and European films and enhance the utilisation and consumption of African films by Zimbabweans who adore and appreciate good quality African films as well as bringing the world to the audience,” added Garcia.