fiction / convent / adolescence
1992, a Catholic girls’ school in Zaragoza, a local town in Spain. Girls in uniforms move their mouths silently during the school choir practice. Celia, an 11-year-old girl, is one of them. Her single mother is too busy to care for her choir practice. She rarely tells Celia about her father who died before she was born or any other family members for that matter. Every day, Celia prepares dinner after school and waits for her mother while doing her homework. However, Celia discovers a new world when cool, urban Brisa arrives from Barcelona. Children’s growth might be when they feel sympathy for their parents as individual humans, not when they leave the nest. Before long Celia and her friends begin wearing makeup, smoking in the street, and drinking whiskey without their parents knowing. However, her real adolescence starts with asking questions about her mother and the world around her. Written and directed by Pilar Palomero, her feature debut symbolically portrays a youngster finding her voice in the early 1990s of Spain as she is stuck between tradition and a wave of modernity. Also, there is understanding and reconciliation for the parents' generation. Camerawork stands out capturing emotional changes just by framing Celia’s dark eyes. Selected in an audition for the main role, rookie Andrea Fandos delicately summons a girl of 29 years ago on the screen. [NA Wonjeong]
Born in Zaragoza, Spain. Pilar Palomero graduated in Hispanic Philology from the University of Zaragoza. Her short films have been presented in several festivals including Warsaw IFF and Busan Intl. Short Film Fesitval.
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