Arizona Premiere!

The Schoolgirls (LAS NIÑAS)


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Growing up in small-town Spain in the early ’90s, 11-year-old Celia is ever the responsible student and considerate daughter. When impossibly cool Brisa storms in from Barcelona, she upsets the order of the girls’ strict Catholic school, run by nuns with a stern disposition and an iron fist.

“A wonderful and emotional portrait of adolescence.” – Aloma Rodríguez, Letras Libres

Unexpectedly, the two girls become fast friends, and soon Celia is swept up in a rebellious clique that breaks all the rules and flaunts authority. Her eyes newly opened to the world, Celia starts to raise questions about her own family background, including her absent father. This astute drama is anchored by vivid performances from its young cast, who effortlessly convey the tensions and anxieties of adolescence. The directing debut of Pilar Palomero not only tells the story of her own life, but also of the many Spanish women who grew up during the 1990s, torn between a traditional way of life and a much more modern, highly emancipated one. (Dir. by Pilar Palomero, 2020, Spain, in Spanish/Catalan with English subtitles,  97 mins., Not Rated)

Other festivals: Berlin, San Sebastian