Spanish Indie Film Fest

different 7 posterI’m an admitted snob in terms of preferring France over all other European countries. To the point where I know very little about the culture and history of Italy, Germany and even England. But thanks to this week’s “Different 7″ I’m finally getting a taste of one of Gaul’s neighbors. And I’m loving it! “Different 7” is the seventh annual festival of Spanish indie films in Paris. It kicked off last night with La Blessure, a film you might call anti-Almodovar. No kooky colors or Roman Catholic drama. It did, however, concern a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It was a fascinating portrait of a 20-something woman dealing with borderline personality disorder. Thanks to a nuanced, award-winning performance by its leading lady, it was a compelling, fascinating journey from start to finish. And it certainly showed me a side of Spain I had not expected. The film fest continues all this weekend and into next week at the Louxor, the fabulously refurbished cinema situated at the convergence of the 10th, 9th and 18th arrondissements. The 9:30pm film showing wraps with an after-party for cast and filmmakers, with free-flowing champagne and chorizo.

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