— Ian McEwan (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
It’s always interesting and important to see films at film festivals. Attendance and discussion supports the filmmakers, and ensures more movies and more festivals.However, they’re often of varying degrees of quality. At festivals I’ve seen amazing movies and I’ve almost walked out on others. This time, instead of just reading the festival-provided synopsis/sales pitch, I decided to compile the IMDb ratings and see what it showed for the upcoming Spanish Film Festival.
At first glance, the Spanish Film Festival is basically a selection of 6/10 rated movies. The lowest rating movie scored a 3.4, followed by a 4.7 (Keep in mind that some of the lower-rated ones have been reviewed by less than a 100 people.) The highest rated movies scored an 8.0 (a movie which also appeared at the MQFF) and four movies in the 7s.
The average rating of films in the Reel Español (films from Spain) selection was 6.18. Meanwhile the Reel Latino (films from Latin America) scored slightly higher with a 6.65. The Reel Colaboración (international co-productions) reported an average film rating of 5.91. Below are the individual IMDb ratings for each movie.
El bosc: 5.5
Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica: 5.5
Alacrán enamorado: 5.7
Menu degustació: 6.1
Barcelona, nit d’estiu: 6.2
Las brujas de Zugarramurdi: 6.3
La gran familia española: 6.4
Tres bodas de más: 6.5
Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados: 6.9
La perla de Jorge: 7.0
El cerrajero: 5.8
Paraíso : 6.1
El verano de los peces voladores: 6.1
Vino para robar: 6.5
Las analfabetas: 6.7
Matar a un hombre: 6.7
Los insólitos peces gato: 7.3
Azul y no tan rosa: 8.0
The Reel Colaboración
Pensé que iba a haber fiesta: 5.3
La distancia mas larga: 7.4
La jaula de oro: 7.8
It must be noted that IMDb is not the authority on movie ratings and reviews (and I’ve personally disagreed on many movies with high and low ratings alike.) However, it is one of the most popular sites and the only site which held ratings for all but one of the movies on show at the festival (Tierra de Sangre isn’t officially released yet). Rotten Tomatoes and other newspaper and movie review sites did not recognise the majority of movies on offer.
It’ll be interesting to see some of these at the festival and compare my own thoughts to the others who have seen and rated the films. I guess in the end, you can’t really attach one specific number to an entire movie experience. Just go.
'Caras vemos, corazones no sabemos.'
For more information visit the SFF site: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/films