Filmed in the Spring of 2018, Granada Nights will premiere in Granada this weekend. As with many films delayed due to the pandemic the launch was pushed back and now releases in November 2021. The Directorial debut of Abid Khan. I´m eager to finally see this film set in the city of Granada, with the backdrop of the Albaicín and the Alhambra Palace. A city that has inspired many writers and artists over the centuries.
The British Writer-Director Abid Khan shares his inspiration through the films story but also in this quote below:
One late summer in 2006, I took a last minute sabbatical to Granada, Spain to study Spanish for a month. As I walked the ancient streets that held a thousand stories, I was mesmerised by this magical city and it’s mixed culture. But it was the friendships with other young foreigners that kept me there for a year and had profound effect on my life. Ever since I have been obsessed with capturing the magic of this city and the fleetness of youth.
Granada Nights Film Overview:
- Film: Granada Nights
- Release Date: 20th November 2021
- Producer: Abid Khan
- Production company: Eyefive Films
- Cert: 16
- Run time: 1h 25m
- Synopsis: The story follows a heartbroken British tourist stuck in Granada, Spain. Feeling lost and abandoned, he makes friends with a group of young foreigners and finds himself in the heart of the international student scene. He gets out of his comfort-zone and tries to restart his life but he is constantly remembering his ex-girlfriend and struggles to find closure. This film is a love letter to Granada mixing documentary with fiction to create an authentic and heartfelt look at the process of self-discovery.
Filming in Granada
Abid Khan discovered the city of Granada himself back in 2006. Coming for a month to learn Spanish and enjoy the sunshine and tapas culture. He never expected the lasting effect of the city would have. This debut movie for him as a director was set in Granada. Filming took place over three months from March 2018.
The cast includes
- Ben – Antonio Aakeel (Screen Star of Tomorrow – Eaten By Lions / Tomb Raider)
- Lucas – Oscar Casas (Jaguar, Xtreamo)
- Amelia – Quintessa Swindell (Netflix Trinkets / Coming up as Cyclone in DC movie Black Adam)
- Ella – Tábata Cerezo (The Mallorca Files, The Night Manager)
The film is on at Megarama Cinema Granada (Calle Neptuno) in Original Version (English language). Granda Nights film was the winner of the Best Film award at the Barnes Film Festival. It has also been selected at numerous film festivals including the 2021 Festival de Cine Internacional Premios Lorca.
Get a glimpse of the movie in the trailer below.
Official Granada Nights Film Trailer
Of course the city of Granada is a protagonist throughout the film. Scenes appear at the stunning viewpoint in the Albaicín, the Mirador de San Nicolas. Other shots outside Granada´s imposing Cathedral and inside Café Futbol. Home to some of the best Chocolate and Churros in the city. The teahouses on Calderería Nueva also feature as well as the Hammam. All typical activities for International visitors to the Andalusian City.
If you are missing Granada or want to relive your student days, then this is probably worth a watch.