Venice, Cannes, Sundance, Marbella Film Festival!

This week in MarbellaNOW TV #93 it’s all about the movies as the Marbella International Film Festival reaches our coast for the  11th year running.  Inaugurated  last Wednesday it runs until 2nd October, giving you plenty of time to join in.

Although based at the H10 Andalucía Plaza Hotel all movies are being shown in the Cines Teatro Goya in Puerto Banus – check out the festival’s web for full details.

Filming in Spain really took off with the  spaghetti westerns in Almería, but the whole of Spain is

the perfect backdrop for any genre of film

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With over 40 productions in the categories of shorts, documentaries and feature films, London Heist and Golden Years being 2 of the favorites in the latter, probably as filmed between London & Marbella and tells the story of armed robber and career criminal Jack Cregan who seeks to discover the truth behind his father’s murder and his stolen heist money and in doing so puts his life in danger. Set around Spain’s glamorous Marbella and London’s dark underworld, he battles to unravel the mystery and exact brutal revenge on all those responsible while being pursued by gangland criminals and a corrupt police detective. GET READY FOR REVENGE!

Other noteworthy entries include a subject very close to our hearts related by Daisy a UK production which Daisy depicts the a thirteen-year-old girl Daisy, who suffers from severe Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – better know to us locally as Butterfly Skin, who by chance meets Stinky aka Peter, a British Iraq war veteran who suffers from drug addiction.

For more information on this disease visit


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In the Documentaries Australia No Way is an eyeopener – “You won’t be settled in Australia!” is a slogan from Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister, very proud of having set up the hardest immigration policy in the world.

When the Sun Rises is a Hong Kong production in English/Cantonese really caught my attention.  It’s a historical drama set against the eve of the Hong Kong Handover on 30 June 1997 during the final hours of British-sovereign rule over the crown colony of Hong Kong. Its return to China, the motherland is imminent.

9 Bares – Spanish production, in Spanish with subtitles in English and is all about  friendship, about love, about what we say and what we don’t!

Carga SelladaCarga Sellada is a Bolivia production, again in Spanish with English subtitles  and depicts a train with a driver, three policemen and a young clandestine passenger are carrying a cargo that ends up being cursed, seeking their destination by the Bolivian highlands in an unexpected adventure that pits the characters with enraged villagers, with betrayals and disappointment that change the course of their lives and will affect the entire country.



Mac Chaskaveh

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Mac Chaskaveh is from Iran, as is this entry: Fereshteh, Daughter of Ahmad.  Fereshteh’s father has gone bankrupt due to the troubled economy during Iran’s nuclear sanctions years. The family has sold their house to free the father and they are now living in a small, dilapidated house. The creditors pressure Fereshteh for their money and hurt the female members of her family. Fereshteh is in a dilemma of giving in to a married man to help her family.


Sticky Notes, one of the many USA entries and is about a struggling dancer (Rose Leslie) trying to make it in LA lives a lonely and detached existence – especially from her father Jack (Ray Liotta). When she finds out he’s dying from cancer their disconnected lives are pulled back into one another. What follows is a heart-wrenching journey of growing up told with ample moments of humour and levity, candidly illuminating father/daughter relationships and bonds that despite being broken always find their way back home.


This last film also hits home as our community has possibly the only hospice of its nature in Spain

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Tickets for the films are just 5€  each, or 10€ for VIP.  A ticket for the 3 days only 30€ – see you all there!!  As you can see we have a lot to enjoy and learn from this year’s festival!

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