SPA19 Carmen & Lola

27th March, 2019 (MA15+)
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  • Director Arantxa Echevarría
  • Cast Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez, Moreno Borja, Carolina Yuste, Rafaela León
  • Duration 104 min
  • Rating MA15+
  • Language Spanish with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Lola (Zaira Romero) and Carmen (Rosy Rodríguez), live on the outskirts of Madrid in a poor and fiercely Catholic gypsy community where a woman must marry very young, have children and wait upon her man until death do them part. It is at the local open-air market that the two girls first lock eyes, detonating an explosion of first love. This meeting opens the floodgates to what will prove a journey replete with as much unbridled emotion as repression. As their relationship unfolds with purity, innocence and intensity, Carmen and Lola will have to battle against a community that is determined to tear them apart with its strict traditions.
Bilbao-born writer-director Arantxa Echevarría is no stranger to documentaries, an attribute that makes her feature-length fiction debut feel both authentic and urgent. Fully immersing the audience in an unfamiliar environment replete with terrific performances featuring flamenco-Roma style music, Echevarría and her exceptional non-professional cast deliver an empathetic depiction of forbidden love in a repressive society. Carmen and Lola is inspiring, necessary and beautiful.

Awards

WINNER: Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress, Goya Awards 2019

NOMINATED: Golden Camera, Queer Palm, Cannes Film Festival 2018

NOMINATED: Best Film: Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Trailer, Feroz Awards 2019

Reviews

  • "Carmen & Lola' is a spirited addition to the gay culture clash genre." - Screendaily

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