After 4 years celebrating the best cinema created by Spanish women in Washington DC, the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain and Mujeres de Cine are proud to present the first edition of Mujeres de Cine Film Series Online from October 16 to November 27, 2020.
Available from October 16 to 23
Spain - France - Argentina, 2018 - 104'
Mónica, a 47-year old dancer, receives a call from Spain: her father is terminally ill. After 20 years, Mónica must return to the remote village where she was born. When she arrives, her father has already passed away and her mother decides to sell the family home asking Mónica to stay to help her. Winter comes. The perpetual silence, the extreme cold and the difficulty of living with her mother are proving tough for Mónica, who takes refuge in what she knows best: dance. 'Facing the Wind' tells the story of a family unable to communicate. It is indeed a thoughtful and loving portrait of a traditional rural lifestyle, which is beginning to disappear. It's a story about distances. But most of all, 'Facing the Wind' is an inner journey to learn again how to live and love better.
Available from October 30 to November 6
Spain, 2019 - 83'
Marta, a teenager from Barcelona, is forced to spend her Christmas holidays in Senegal with her divorced father, Manel, and her younger brother Bruno. She’d enjoy her stay if only they’d stop cajoling her into joining them on a frantic series of safaris and local folklore acts along with the pensioners staying at the resort. Marta meets Khouma, a Senegalese guy a bit older than her who works at the hotel making videos for the tourists during their sightseeing tours. She also befriends the hotel maid Aissatou, who invites her to cross the door marked “Staff Only”, introducing her to the invisible world of the hotel staff. Staff Only marks Neus Ballus’ first foray into narrative feature film, with a cast made up almost entirely of non-professional actors that lend an authenticity to Marta’s journey. The protagonist will discover that friendship and love are slightly more complex in a world defined by social inequality. You can acces the director’s presentation of the film here.
Available from November 6 to 13
Spain, 2018 - 98'
Ainhoa Mata was born in a family that filmed and photographed all about their daily life. She wrote everything about herself in a personal diary full of secrets and deep thoughts. You can acces the director’s presentation of the film here.
Available from November 13 to 20
Spain, 2019 - 66'
Fourteen-year-old Paula has to spend summers in the village of Ojos Negros, with her aunt and grandmother, who she barely knows. Through her grandmother’s illness, hidden family tensions will be revealed. Attempting to escape from the asphyxiating family atmosphere, she meets Alicia, a girl of the same age with whom she strikes up an intense friendship. By the end of the summer, Paula will have discovered what it means to grow up.