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When Leonor is forced to come home from London after the sudden death of her father, she arrives in Gijón, Spain, to find her mother on the verge of eviction from their small apartment. The two use their wiles to scheme their way into maintaining a lifestyle they think they deserve with promises of paying for dresses the following month and buying then returning cute shoes as they hop from shop to shop in their best furs. Soon, the two find their grifts drying up and people starting to catch onto their cons, which tests their growing but complicated filial bond. The debut feature from writer, director, producer and star Amalia Ulman is a dry, dark comedy that tackles poverty in contemporary Spain while examining the delicate balance of the mother-daughter relationship. The endlessly clever comedy was filmed on location in Gijón and borrows heavily from Ulman's own personal life as someone who grew up in the small coastal town, living in poverty off and on with her own mother, who plays her on-screen mom here, in her film debut. Winner, Best Director, 2021 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Official Selection, 2021 Sundance and New Directors New Films film festivals.

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Spanish Cinema Now

June 4–20


AFI Silver Theatre and SPAIN arts & culture are proud to co-present an all-virtual edition of Spanish Cinema Now, an annual festival of outstanding new films that reflect the breadth of styles and talents at work in Spain today.

Explore this year's Spanish Cinema Now lineup with a series pass for just $70 – valued at more than $100! With the pass, you will have access to all nine films in the lineup.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    79 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish, English
  • Country
    Spain, United States
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Amalia Ulman
  • Screenwriter
    Amalia Ulman
  • Producer
    Amalia Ulman, Kathleen Heffernan, Kweku Mandela