By Indiewire | Indiewire June 19, 2007 at 8:00AM
Spanish filmgoers were unable to go to the movies yesterday as nearly all the cinemas in the country closed in protest at a government bill forcing them to show a quota of homegrown productions. The Federation of Spanish Cinemas is protesting over a planned law that would force exhibitors to screen at least one Spanish or European film for every four shown. The organisation claims that "a cinema where a Spanish film is shown is an empty cinema, which means a financial loss for us." The Guardian reports.