GARBO THE SPY – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

This wonderfully entertaining and educating documentary is a real life spy thriller that profiles the mystery man, a double agent during World War II, who who changed the course of history. He was the most important, successful and daring spy of his day, an unidentified legend in his own time, the only one to receive distinguished service honors from both the British and Germans.

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FIRE WILL COME – Review by Diane Carson

Faithful to the film’s title, director Oliver Laxe doesn’t disappoint. And when an horrendous conflagration arrives in Galicia, the firestorm is reminiscent of the recent devastating California and Colorado infernos. The leadup adds dreaded anticipation primarily because of its slow, understated presentation of the central character, a convicted arsonist named Amador.

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THE AUGUST VIRGIN – Review by Diane Carson

This is decidedly co-writer Itsaso Arana’s film and playing the lead character, Eva, she gloriously owns it. Such a central female character is exceptional, especially the female friendships, though the importance of romantic connections qualifies that progressive element. Nevertheless, engagingly, admirably, Arana searches for her authentic self and takes us with her.

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THE AUGUST VIRGIN – Review by April Neale

The August Virgin is an immersive Sangria-soaked sight-seeing trip to Madrid during the month when many of its citizens abandon her. This film will likely resonate more for women than it will with men. You will recognize many of the emotions and longings that Eva has come to consider in her quiet metamorphosis into female adulthood.

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ARDE MADRID – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Perfectly scripted, cast and performed, this Spanish episodic about Ava Gardner’s sojourn in 1960s Madrid, is a wildly racy and hilariously funny series that sure-handedly weaves together narrative threads as disparate as a sexy stone, a table-top dancing goat and Juan Peron in exile. Hilariously funny, Arde Madrid is a reminder that not all meaningful feminist stories need be told with a sledgehammer.

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Australia’s 2019 Moro Spanish Film Festival – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

As demonstrated by this carefully curated selection of eleven films, the future is bright for Spanish and Latin American women filmmakers and this program is a rare opportunity to see their work presented on the big screen in Australia.

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