16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
La Maternal

Motherhood (La Maternal)

Pilar Palomero

Carla is a rebel. She doesn’t let anyone tell her anything, least of all her single mother - until she gets pregnant at the age of fourteen. She comes into the care of the “La Maternal” centre, where, together with the other girls, she learns about what motherhood is like. An emotional portrait of motherhood with an outstanding young actress.

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Direction Pilar Palomero
Country Spain
Year 2022
Duration 100 min
Language Spanish with English subtitles
Production Valérie Delpierre, Alex Lafuente, Incia Films
Cast Carla Quílez, Ángela Cervantes, Jordan Àngel Dumes
Camera Julián Elizalde
Script Pilar Palomero
Editing Sofia Escudé
Sound Leo Dolgan
Music Frederick Schlinder
Sound Design Mafalda Alba

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2022: Best Leading Performance, Gaudí Awards 2023: Best New Performer, Goya Awards 2023: Nomination Best Film

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About the Director

Pilar Palomero is a screenwriter and director from Zaragoza. With her debut film, Las Niñas, she won two Goyas, among others.

Press Reviews

“It is hard not to fall in love with this movie: thanks to its great sense of tact, it allows for a sensitive and profound look at a reality that offers itself to easy clichés (...) it is a movie that is as painful as it is exciting.” (Elsa Fernández-Santos, El País)

The Director About the Film

The idea was to develop the movie in a way that would make it seem like it was not scripted. As a filmmaker and a lover of cinema, I dislike categorising films as “documentaries” or “feature films;” the line between the two is blurry. My goal is to capture life. Not necessarily improvised, but as realistic as possible.

International Feature Film Program