Embrace this year's Festival Opening with the premiere of LIVING IS EASY WITH EYES CLOSED, followed by a fantastic after party with Estrella Damm Beer, Torres Wines, Spanish Tapas and live entertainment!

Official Selection: Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
(Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados) Directed by David Trueba.
Winner of six Goya awards in 2014 incuding Best Film, Best Director and Best Leading Actor.

We are muy emocionados to welcome this year’s festival guest Álex González to Australian shores for the first time ever!

Born in Madrid on the 13th August, 1980, Álex’s passion for performance led him to attend one of the most prestigious acting schools in Spain, Corazza, directed by Javier Bardem’s acting coach Juan Carlos Corazza. Álex has not only enjoyed a successful and prolific career in Spanish television and film, but also internationally starring as the mutant Riptide in the 2011 blockbuster X-Men: First Class.

Hola amigos y bienvenidos,

I am honoured to continue as patron for the Spanish Film Festival in 2014, and I would like to invite you to join me in celebrating the programme of 30 exceptional contemporary Spanish-language films that comprise the programme this year at Palace Cinemas. In particular, I am delighted to see two outstanding, multi 2014 Goya-award-winning titles book-ending the festival: the Opening Night film, David Trueba's Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, and the zany Alex de le Iglesia offering Witching & Bitching, which will close the festival.