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Exploring Queer themes on The Big Screen

February 2018: All About My Mother (1999)

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz, Rosa María Sardà
Certificate: 15

Running Time: 101 minutes 

Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish with English subtitles

Emotionally devastated after her son Esteban is killed in a car accident, Manuela (Cecilia Roth) relocates to Barcelona in hopes of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban’s father), who is now working as a female impersonator. Manuela becomes reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a transgender woman, and is introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more cynical mother (Rosa María Sardà).

While looking for work, Manuela becomes acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma has troubles of her own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela Peña).

The film won the Best Director award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Thursday 8th February, 6.30pm