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This award-winning directorial debut from writer/director Belén Funes is a searing working-class drama with a star-making performance from Greta Fernández (ELISA & MARCELA, SUNDAY'S ILLNESS) as Sara, a 22-year-old new mother juggling minimum wage jobs while fighting for custody of her half-brother to keep him out of the foster care system. Just as she's managing to pull it all together, her father — played by her real-life father, veteran actor Eduard Fernández (EVERYBODY KNOWS, SMOKE & MIRRORS) — shows up in Barcelona after a lengthy jail sentence with aspirations of getting back in the family's good graces, threatening to upend their lives completely. Recalling the realist dramas of the Dardenne brothers and Ken Loach, this gritty character study is also a heartwarming tale of family that casts a light on some harsh realities for those living on the poverty line in Spain and beyond. Winner, Best Actress (Greta Fernández), 2019 San Sebastián International Film Festival; Winner, Best New Director (Belén Funes), 2020 Goya Awards; Winner, Best Actress (Fernández), 2020 Guadalajara International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2019 Chicago, Thessaloniki and Göteborg film festivals; 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Spanish Cinema Now+

March 26–May 30


AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present Spanish Cinema Now+, a selection of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today, including both established auteurs and emerging filmmakers from the international festival scene. This series is the perfect lead-up to the 2021 edition of our Spanish Cinema Now festival, coming in June!

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Belén Funes
  • Screenwriter
    Belén Funes, Marçal Cebrian
  • Producer
    Antonio Chavarrías
  • Cast
    Greta Fernández, Eduard Fernández, Àlex Monner