Spanish Cinema

Un Amor – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This steamy and giddily uneven rural romance from Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet is almost saved by Laia Costa’s committed central performance.

Close Your Eyes – first-look review

By David Jenkins

The long-awaited return of Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice is a slow-burn marvel which climaxes in a sequence of overwhelming profundity and mystery.

20,000 Species of Bees – first-look review

By Caitlin Quinlan

A mother and gender-curious child keep bees in Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren’s tender drama of division, renewal and the space in between.

The Good Boss

By David Jenkins

The always-great Javier Bardem punches below his weight in this naggingly light comedy of workplace manners.


Six Spanish modern classics to watch after Parallel Mothers

By Megan Wallace

From the Basque-language drama Loreak to the snuff film-inspired Tésis, there’s more to Spanish cinema than Almodóvar.

Is de-ageing technology the way forward for the time-spanning epic?

By Lillian Crawford

Two films at the San Sebastian Film Festival showcase a more old school way of depicting the bittersweet passage of time.

The queer first love story set in Spain’s Roma community

By Sophie Willard

In Carmen and Lola, a young couple challenge the patriarchal and heteronormative attitudes of society.

Look out for this masterclass in naturalistic screen acting

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Zama star Lola Dueñas gives an astonishing central performance in Journey to a Mother’s Room.

El Bar – first look review

By Adam Lee Davies

Álex de la Iglesia’s frisky, single-set survival thriller from Spain loses its steam after an impressive opening act.

The Queen of Spain – first look review

By Adam Lee Davies

Penélope Cruz stars in this frolicsome love letter to Spanish cinema’s golden age from director Fernando Trueba.

Pedro Almodóvar to head up the Jury at the 70th Cannes Film Festival

By Little White Lies

The iconic Spanish filmmaker will serve as President of the main competition jury for the first time.

Spanish master Luis García Berlanga finally gets his dues

By Adam Cook

The director’s 1963 film The Executioner is getting a home video release courtesy of the Criterion Collection.

A guide to the early films of Pedro Almodóvar

By Matt Thrift

With the Spanish maestro back in action we take a look back at his formative years.


By David Jenkins

Pedro Almodóvar is back to his very best with this beautiful, quietly devastating portrait of a broken woman.

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Beyond Pedro – seven great Spanish films you need to see

By Stephen Puddicombe

Before you see Almodóvar’s latest seek out these lesser seen Spanish gems.

Does Pedro Almodóvar have all the best movie posters?

By David Jenkins

Check out 10 of the Spanish maestro’s most flamboyant, exuberant and downright gaudy posters.

Watch a striking clip from Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta

By Little White Lies

The latest from the Spanish master is a complex, brilliantly made tale of estrangement and grief.

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