Opening the Spanish Film Festival is the hit comedy from Spain, A Gun In Each Hand. Structured like a play, the film is a series of long conversations between pairs of people meeting inBarcelona. They are people who know each other, often who haven’t seen each other for some time, and who manage to reveal a lot about themselves and their deeper feelings in a very short period of time.
Initially, during the first scene, I began to wonder how long they would talk. Not that it was not working in any manner – just simply because it is not usual to have such extended dialogue. I particularly enjoyed the way the conversations naturally unfolded, raising questions in the audience that are gradually answered. And it was very funny. Funny enough to continue to make me laugh despite the annoying people behind me who continued to provide their own commentary despite being shushed several times. Although clearly, I am still quite bitter about that.
A Gun In Each Hand won Gaudi Awards for Best Film, Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Eduard Fernandez) and Supporting Actress (Candela Pena). It also won Best Film at the 2013 Festival of Spanish Film (Nantes) and the Jury Prize for Best Performance (group award) at the Miami International Film Festival. The Spanish Film Festival takes place in Melbourne from June 12 to June 26 at Palace Como and Palace Westgarth Cinemas. For ticket information, visit http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/
A Gun In Each Hand is also getting a cinematic release from July 4.