Get your head out of the sand
And broaden your cultural horizons with La Mirada.
Sure it takes two to tango, but what if together you have four left feet? Thankfully, this year's La Mirada Film Festival includes 'All About Tango', a special program of films exploring the art of one of the world's most romantic dances.
The good news (for those of us who have been watching too much So You Think You Can Dance) is that each film in 'All About Tango' will be followed by a free tango lesson! But if you have no rhythm at all, there's plenty of non-dance-related fare on offer.
Back for another year is 'Almodóvar Presents' in which Spain's most celebrated auteur hand-picks five films he believes deserve a wider audience. This year's selection includes Alejandro Amenábar's first feature film Thesis and Vicente Aranda's intricate drama Lovers.
Other festival highlights include Patxi Amézcua's 25 Carat, a radical thriller fresh from the Toronto International Film Festival, and Gabe Ibáñez's Hierro, officially selected for last year's Cannes Film Festival.
From Argentina comes Julia Solomonoff's coming-of-age tale The Last Summer of La Boyita, and from Costa Rica comes Paz Fabrega's Agua Fría.
Directors Martin Scorsese and Stephen Daldry add their two pesos' worth by choosing their favourite Hispanic films (to be unveiled on the night of the screenings). And those with discerning palates will love A Day at El Bulli, a delectable documentary about the world's best restaurant, to be bookended by a feast at the La Mirada Lounge and a Q&A with some of Australia's most talented foodies.
Published Thursday, 25 March 2010