Film industry invades the city - in Spanish

Lucky fans get their selfie with heartthrob actor Óscar Casas.
Lucky fans get their selfie with heartthrob actor Óscar Casas. / Félix Palacios
  • The 22nd Malaga Film Festival, devoted to Spanish-language cinema made around the world, has brought famous faces and glamour to the city

Visitors to the city of Malaga will have noticed a special buzz in the atmosphere this week. Red carpets line the streets leading up to local theatres; crowds hover, phones at the ready, outside central hotels; and photographers follow smartly - or even extravagantly - dressed celebrities as they pose in the sunshine of the port.

The city's film festival is now in its 22nd year and continues to grow in prestige. What began as a Spanish film festival is now devoted to all Spanish-language cinema with a growing number of Latin American films being screened.

Film industry invades the city - in Spanish


The awards come in the form of the 'biznaga', Malaga's iconic jasmine flower arrangement. This year's Premio Málaga-SUR award went to actor Javier Gutiérrez whose recent work includes playing the coach of a basketball team with intellectual disabilities in the award-winning film Champions. This prize comes with the honour of having his hand prints cast in bronze and placed on the Antonio Banderas promenade.

The week's events kicked off with the opening gala last Friday night, when British pianist James Rhodes and acrobats from the Cirque du Soleil performed. Among the celebrities most cheered by the crowds was Malaga's own actor and comedian Dani Rovira. The grand closing gala taking place in the Cervantes theatre on Saturday night.