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In Isabel Lamberti's bold first feature, which employs a documentary aesthetic and non-professional actors to breathe life into a fictionalized narrative, the multi-generational Gabarre-Mendoza family is celebrating their grandson's birthday when a police inspection interrupts the party. The family lives in La Cañada Real, an expansive shantytown just outside Madrid, which stands on recently sold land. Facing eviction from the place they call home and from the houses they built by hand, the family is bracing for a stark future. The mother, Augustina, once full of laughter, is now tormented by fear; the father, David, a hardworking scrap merchant, tries to find a solution but is let down by the bureaucratic system. Meanwhile, the younger members of the family — David Jr., the adolescent mother and daughter-in-law Maria and the young Alejandro — each struggle in their own way with the impending transition. Winner, New Directors Award, 2020 San Sebastián International Film Festival. Official Selection, Reykjavik, Cannes ACID and Valladolid 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
    78 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Spain, Netherlands
  • Rating
  • Note
    With English subtitles.
  • Director
    Isabel Lamberti
  • Screenwriter
    Isabel Lamberti, Lenina Ungari
  • Producer
    Isabel Lamberti, Marc Bary, Steven Rubinstein Malamud