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"An exceptional slice of cinematic bliss - a lyrical, poetic, meandering film about the never-ending challenge in life to define ourselves."--Alex Billington, FirstShowing

"Finds its way into the audience's of the most audacious, captivating and exciting cinematic undertakings of the season."--Alfo Rivera, Cineuropa

"A heartbreakingly tender, intoxicating stroll of a movie, as disarming as it is melancholic and finely considered."--Jordan RaupThe Film Stage

Up-and-coming Spanish filmmaker Jonás Trueba’s new film is a perfect summer movie, an Éric Rohmer-esque love letter to Madrid and affairs of the heart. Eva (played by the film's co-writer, the luminescent Itasao Aran) is about to turn 33. Her decision to stay in Madrid in the sweltering month of August, when most of the city's inhabitants flee, is something of a leap of faith - she's in search of herself and her own life. The neighborhoods around her are bursting with traditional Saint's Days parties and celebrations, while she encounters a series of old friends and lovers, and meets some new ones. A former boyfriend who still pines for her, a young mother who Eva's lost touch with, a sexy Welsh guy with a thing for anti-fascist songs, a Reiki therapist who wants to align her female energies, and a new possible love interest, are just a few of the characters that fill her month of revelations, regrets and discoveries. 

THE AUGUST VIRGIN is the journey of one woman, a dreamy, sensual summer story of delayed coming of age, dancing in the streets, and good conversation. With music from and an appearance by well-known Spanish singer Soléa Morente. In Spanish with English subtitles. (Description courtesy of Outsider Pictures)

  • Year
  • Runtime
    129 min
  • Language
  • Country
  • Director
    Jonás Trueba
  • Screenwriter
    Jonas Trueba and Itsaso Arana
  • Producer
    Javier Lafuente
  • Cinematographer
    Santiago Racaj
  • Editor
    Marta Velasco & Diana G Jimena
  • Sound Design
    Eduardo Castro
  • Music
    Solea Morente