SPANISH AFFAIR 2
Original Title: OCHO APELLIDOS CATALAÑES
Running Time: 99min
Film Year: 2015
Category: CineDwnTwn Galas
2014’s zeitgeist-tapping Spanish Affair (Ocho apellidos vascos) brought the taboo-busting gift of laughter to the otherwise very serious tensions surrounding separatist sentiments in Spain’s northern Basque region. Emilio Martinez Lazaro’s equally audacious sequel takes on the even more serious and currently more pressing tensions of separatist sentiments in Spain’s northeast Catalonia region. Light-hearted romantic comedy rarely plays with such volatile political stakes.
Back home in Seville, word reaches Rafa (Dani Roivera) that Amaia (Clara Lago), the fiery Basque heroine of the previous film, is making plans to marry a metrosexual Catalan named Pau (Berto Romero). With Amaia’s father Koldo (Karra Elejalde) in tow, Rafa speeds off to Barcelona with the aim of preventing this disaster and losing the girl he loves forever. Meanwhile Merche (Carmen Machi), fed up with Koldo’s noncommittal ways, tracks them all down, but meets her match in Pau’s suspicious and ultraconservative mother, Roser (Rosa Maria Sarda).
The incisive politically incorrect jokes begin flying from the moment of Rafa’s arrival, and the comic stakes from the first Spanish Affair are stacked up twice as high. It’s no surprise that this sly sequel has become yet another box office behemoth in Spain. – Jaie Laplante
This film is still part of the Knight Competition.
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Director: Emilio Martinez Lazaro
Producer: Álvaro Augustín, Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson
Screenwriter: Borja Cobeaga, Diego San José
Music: Roque Baños
Cinematographer: Juan Molina
Editor: Ángel Hernández Zoido