Spain festival putting laughs first

Mostoles to host inaugural laffer fest

MADRID — Spain’s first Mostoles Intl. Comedy Film Festival will bow in June, based in the Madrid suburb from which it takes its name.

Event, which will run June 19-26, aims to cover a niche in the fest circuit.

“Very few events cover the genre, despite its popularity with audiences,” said founder and director Jon Apaolaza, former director of Huelva’s Ibero-American Film Festival and a veteran film journalist.

Fest’s competish will showcase 12-14 features yet to be released in Spain. Titles in the lineup will include Poland’s “Cialo,” from directorial duo Tomasz Konecki and Andrzej Saramonowicz; Irish-U.K.-Dutch co-production “Headrush,” from helmer Shimmy Marcus; Sudz Sutherland’s Canadian film “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones”; Spanish-Cuban toon “Mas vampiros en la Habana,” from Juan Padron; and the U.K.’s “The West Wittering Affair,” by David Scheinmann.

An audience award worth S6,000 ($7,229) will go toward the winning film’s distribution in Spain.

Fest also will honor Cary Grant, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of his birth, screening classics such as “Bringing Up Baby,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Charade.”

Cuban helmer Juan Carlos Tabio (“Strawberry and Chocolate,” “Guantanamera,” “The Waiting List”) also will receive a tribute.