Spanish Film Fest La Película Begins Today in Prague

Spanish and Spanish-language films will take the spotlight at Prague’s Kino Světozor over the course of the next week as the Spanish film festival La Película unfolds in the Czech capital for it’s 13th year. 

The fest will kick off tonight (February 13) with a screening of The Fury of a Patient Man (pictured above), a revenge thriller and the directorial debut of actor Raúl Arévalo which dominated the 2017 Goya Awards (Spain’s equivalent of the Academy Awards), winning Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay. 

The Fury of a Patient Man, which has drawn comparisons to the US hit indie Blue Ruin, will screen again at Kino Světozor on Friday.

Other highlights through this weekend include Saura(s), a documentary about acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura and his extended family, El Inca, a Venezuelan biography about the famed titular boxer, and Veronica, a Ouija board horror film. 

A special retrospective at this year’s La Película festival in Prague will honor acclaimed Spanish actress Ana Belén, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s Goyas.

Belén-starring features Demons in the Garden (1982), The House of Bernarda Alba (1987), and Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1996) will be screened during the festival. 

At Kino Světozor, all of the films save for three will be presented in Spanish with English and Czech subtitles. Saturday’s The Queen of Spain, starring Penélope Cruz, and Sunday’s Uncertain Glory and Brava will contain only Czech subtitles.

After leaving Prague, the festival will continue in other cities around the Czech Republic. 

Ostrava’s Minikino will host the fest for three days from February 20-22 before it heads to Hradec Králové’s Bio Central (February 23-25) and Brno’s Kino Scala (February 26-28). 

More information can be found at the official La Película website and Facebook page, and tickets can be purchased online in Prague via Kino Světozor.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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