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Catalan Film Festival: JOURNEY TO A MOTHER’S ROOM with Cinemaattic

journey to a mother's room

Join us for a partnership screening at the Catalan Film Festival in Glasgow!

Like many other Spaniards Leonor leaves her Spanish home to find a job in London. A touching portrait of a mother-daughter relationship and life in an empty nest from one of Catalan cinema’s up-and-coming talents – Celia Rico Clavellino.


Celia Rico’s deeply personal debut feature is an affecting tale about a daughter who craves change, and a mother who fears it. Does it sound familiar?

An intimate yet funny portrait of a close mother-daughter bond unexpectedly transformed when one moves away.

Since the death of her father, Estrella (interpreted by Almodovar’s regular Lola Dueñas) and her daughter Leonor (Anna Castillo)  have wrapped themselves in a cocoon of uneventful, pedestrian comfort. When Leonor breaks free and leaves home to work as an au pair in London, Estrella is faced with an empty nest for the first time. Unexpectedly, Estrella soon finds her days fruitfully occupied by an unusual new hobby and even an awkward romantic prospect – both of which spawn much hilarity. As it turns out, new-found independence is a blessing more for the mother than the daughter in this beautiful, touching film.

Directed by Celia Rico Clavellino
Spain 2018

JOURNEY TO A MOTHER’S ROOM swept up the Youth Jury and New Directors Awards at its debut at the San Sebastián Film Festival, as well as Gaudí Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Written and directed by emerging Spanish talent Celia Rico Clavellino, this debut feature is a quiet meditation on family attachments and what can be gained from letting go.

“Dueñas occupies every inch of a new ground discovered with the hesitant charm of an ingenue, creating a character of an older woman who is also a permanent beginner.” – Little White Lies.



We take a look again at Catalonia as an interesting sample of how societies are addressing universal issues at local/regional level. From migrant integration to climate change; stories about responsible tourism, digital shift, language, and identity.

CARMEN Y LOLA – Alternative Valentine’s Night with Cinemaattic

Carmen y Lola alternative valentine's screening femspectives cinemaattic glasgow

The perfect Alternative Valentine’s plan for those who believe in a wider idea of love.

Come and share the love for film next 14th February! Cinemaattic bring CARMEN & LOLA, one of the hottest films in Spain just now.

With 8 nominations to the Goya Awards (Spanish BAFTAs), after been acclaimed in Cannes, Palm Springs, Quebec or BFI’s London Film Festival here’s a very rare opportunity to come and see the Scottish premiere of CARMEN & LOLA by Arantxa Echevarria.

A love story between two young gypsy women in an environment where homosexuality is taboo.

A profoundly honest first feature work by Arantxa Echevarria with amateur actors to discover the codes and culture of gitanos in Spain, but above all a beautiful tale to remind us what love is really about.

We are thrilled to present the Special screening of CARMEN & LOLA in Scotland. Part of LGBT History Month Scotland, presented in collaboration with Femspectives and LGBT Youth Scotland.

“…with rapidly decreasing levels of sincerity in Spain, Echevarría flings open the final closet that needs airing out in the country by broaching the subject of lesbianism in the Gypsy community. This is a culture – with a strict and unwavering faith in God – that under no circumstances accepts homosexuality, let alone female homosexuality (which is considered an illness or something akin to a demonic possession), as according to its traditions, a woman must marry very young, have children and wait upon her man until death do they part. It’s basically an extreme form of machismo.” (Cineuropa)

Arantxa’s ever-respectful gaze meanders through flea markets, dwellings and neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Madrid with the immediacy and vivacity provided by a handheld camera, truthfully portraying this world without ever falling into the trap of merely depicting local customs and manners, nor presenting folkloric picture postcards


Carmen lives in a gypsy community in the suburbs of Madrid. Like every other woman she has ever met, she is destined to live a life that is repeated generation after generation: getting married and raising as many children as possible. But one day she meets Lola, an uncommon gypsy who dreams about going to university, draws bird graffiti and likes girls. Carmen quickly develops a complicity with Lola and they discover a world that, inevitably, leads them to be rejected by their families.

Directed by Arantxa Echevarria
Spain, 2018

MADRES with Cinemaattic

Cinemaattic & Femspectives presents MADRES

Guerrilla film collective Cinemaattic is back with the finest contemporary films from Spain and Latin American countries. This June we’ve teamed up with them for a special programme before the summer break.

You have no fucking idea how hard it is. So this one is for them, Mothers.

It turns that some of our favourite films of the year were mother-themed or presenting not-so-typical mothers onscreen. Expanding the boundaries of our programmes German, Colombian, Brazilian, Hindu and aye, also Spanish mums are part of our last programme before the summer break.

According to a 2014 report by the Centre for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, 58% of female characters are identified by their roles as wives or mothers. While frustrating to see female characters reduced to their reproductive capabilities, some of cinema’s most complex, interesting and memorable women have been mothers.

In this Mother’s selection we see brave mums, tenderness and oedipal undercurrents – as well as good old-fashioned love.

René Guerra’s Vaca Profana about being a Trans mum in Sao Paulo & German short Kleptomami about the absurdities of today’s ‘mummy-hood’ are amongst the selection.

£6 (£5) + £1 booking fee


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