SPA14: Witching and Bitching (plus closing night drinks and tapas)

Let's go and see "Witching and Bitching" at the Kino. This film is part of the Spanish Film Festival 2014. It is the winner of the following Goya Awards in 2014: Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Special Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyles. This black comedy from Spain is the winner of the most Goya awards and has excellent reviews, so comes highly recommended. It is the closing night film for the Spanish Film Festival. This closing night screening is accompanied by tapas and a glass of sangria for all attendees.

This is a film festival screening for which advance bookings are available and recommended, so please make an effort to decide on your RSVP and buy your tickets (preferably at the same time) as soon as possible as the session may sell out. If I become aware that this session has sold out, I will close RSVP's for this event.

Please purchase your ticket(s) when you RSVP. This is important as this session may sell out ahead of the date.  (More likely to happen since this is a closing night event screening.)

I realise that I have opened this a long way ahead of the date (because of the need to book tickets in advance), so I will send out a reminder a few days before just in case anyone forgets.

Tickets are available online at the following link:

Please only RSVP if you will attend as no shows are recorded.

Date: Sunday, 18th May, 2014

Time: Meet at 5:30pm for the 5:45pm closing night festivities and the subsequent 6:30pm session. We will enter the cinema at approximately 6:10pm (or whenever it opens) to get good seats.

Place: Meet at the seats opposite the box office. As it will be busy at this time of night, especially given the film festival, I will be carrying a red "meetup" sign to help you identify me. Please try to be on time.

Notes: There is no allocated seating for this session.
As this is the closing night film, tickets are about an extra $10 more than the usual price, but tapas and sangria are included in the price. Palace Movie Club members receive a small discount (usually around $5) from the ticket price. When you book online, you receive a voucher, and you have to pick up the tickets by presenting the voucher or the credit card you used to book the tickets. If you present the voucher, you receive the ticket to this film only; if you present your credit card, you receive ALL pre-booked tickets at the same cinema.

Duration: 104 minutes + 45 minutes closing night festivities = appx. 150 minutes total.

Rating: Unspecified. All viewers must be 18+ as per festival rules. (In the countries in which this film has been rated, it is generally 18+ for horror violence.)

Genre: Black Comedy, Horror

Director: Alex de la Iglesia
Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarra, Alex de la Iglesia
Stars: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepon Nieto

Reviews: Filmfutter (3.5/5); TVBomb (3/5); IMDb audience rating (6.2/10)


Filmfutter (German language):

Director Alex de la Iglesia (As Luck Would Have It, SFF opening night 2012) returns with a wild dose of dark humour to guarantee an unforgettable festival closing night! This high-octane, crowdpleasing ride recently won eight GOYA awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Terele Pavez, Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects.  

Wildly fleeing toward France through the impenetrable Basque forest after a jewel heist, a hapless band of robbers runs afoul of an evil coven of witches led by Marichu (the mighty Terele Pavez), her daughter Graciana (Carmen Maura, Volver), and granddaughter Eva (Carolina Bang). The robbery is masterminded by Jose (Hugo Silva, The Body, SFF13), a down-on-his-luck divorced dad who, due to his custody schedule, is forced to bring his eight-year-old son to the robbery. When the plan goes awry, Jose, along with his half-wit sidekick Tony (played by heartthrob Mario Casas, I want you, SFF13) hijack a taxi-driver. A violent and frenetic car chase ensues into the depths of witchterritory and from here things take a sharp turn towards the macabre.

A reckless "battle of the sexes", de la Iglesia enhances his vision with top-shelf production, resulting in a fast-paced, zany spectacle of a film, which will shock audiences into laughter and leave them breathless.

Post-film discussion: If enough people are interested we will go to Beer Deluxe (updated 14th May) in Federation Square after the film. We will leave the Kino approximately 15 minutes after the session finish time to allow the group to meet.  

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  • Isabelle B.

    Funny but a little "too much" in the last part. Beautiful actresses!

    May 19

  • Brent C.

    Fun up to the dinner then over the top

    May 19

  • Josephine

    A nice evening and a crazy movie

    1 · May 19

  • Simon

    A fun, irreverent and clever romp, if rather silly at times - especially in the last half hour or so (with the video-game inspired "witch monster"). Drinks and snacks were fairly basic but not bad given the cost and a good chance for a chat before the film as well as after. Thanks to all who attended tonight and hope to see you all again soon :)

    1 · May 19

  • Jenny H.

    Written by a woman hater, I would say!!

    1 · May 18

  • Shelley-Maree

    Hi Simon, there will be quite a few of us coming with me so I think we will have to give this a miss in terms of joining my group with yours even though we will be at the same venue but I dont want to complicate things for you. Hope you all enjoy the film! :)

    May 15

  • Hanna T.

    Hi Simon. I got my ticket yesterday following your reminder thanks. It was for the 6.30 session right?

    May 15

    • Simon

      Hi Hanna,

      Excellent, no worries :) That's right--the session starts at 6:30pm, though don't forget to be there early for the closing night drinks and tapas. Regards,


      1 · May 15

  • Cinzi

    Bought :)

    1 · May 15

  • Nikki W.

    Hi All, just letting you know that I wont be coming after all as I have an opportunity to see it ahead of this screening. Also, just a heads up, this will be recommended in the Age top ten on Saturday morning, so it's very likely to sell out so please grab your ticket ahead of time!! Have a great screening all! Hopefully I'll get to meet some of you at the next screening that I can get to!

    May 14

    • Simon

      Hi Nikki, OK, thanks for letting me know. Enjoy the early screening and hope to see you some other time :)



      May 14

  • Simon

    Hi all,

    I'm changing the post-film discussion venue to Beer Deluxe, as this is a large group that may get larger, and in recent times we've had very high takeup on post-film discussion - so the group will probably be too big for Time Out.

    Tickets are still available, but there's no way to say for sure how long that will remain the case. If you haven't bought your ticket, now is the time. Regards,


    May 14

  • Clive

    If I can't get a ticket I will take my name off.

    May 13

    • Simon

      Ok, no worries. Can you please post a note to me if you find the event is full - if this happens, I will close RSVP's to prevent any confusion.



      May 13

  • Alicia C

    Oh! What a coincidence! I had independently purchased tickets with a friend to go and see this, and only just realised you're organising an event. I'll make sure to pop by and say hi :)

    1 · May 12

  • Shelley-Maree

    I'm coming with a couple of other girls from another meetup group, is this okay that we join you? There will be about 4 of us including me in total? :)

    April 30

    • Shelley-Maree

      I will confirm names a week before the event.

      May 1

    • Simon

      OK, no worries. I only do the list of names a day or two before anyway, so if I know by then it's fine. If not, the people you bring just have to identify themselves as being with you :)

      May 2

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