Filmfest 2016

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“A wondrously imaginative melodrama about life, death, romance, and motherhood, the latest from Spain's Julio Medem stars Penélope Cruz as a woman whose grace and enormous capacity for love guide her through tragedies and miracles alike. Her heart already bruised by her husband's decision to spend the summer away from Madrid with his young lover, Magda (Cruz) is informed that she has breast cancer. Her kindly doctor (Àlex Brendemühl) holds out hope for Magda's survival, but she'll need painful radiation treatments and a mastectomy. The very day Magda learns of her diagnosis, she attends her little boy's soccer game. It's there that she meets Arturo (Luis Tosar), a scout for the legendary Real Madrid soccer team. Arturo receives a phone call with terrible news: his wife and daughter have been in an accident. Arturo collapses, Magda rushes him to the hospital where his wife lays in coma. These twin catastrophes give birth to a very special bond between Magda and Arturo — one that will endure as the courses of their lives take further twists and turns. “ – Cameron Bailey, TIFF

tags: Relationship, Women, Love, Motherhood, Sexuality, Feature film

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Àlex Brendemühl


Screenplay: Julio Medem

Director of Photography: Kiko de la Rica

Film Editor: Julio Medem, Iván Aledo

Composer: Alberto Iglesias

Production Designer: Montse Sanz

Costume Design: Carlos Díez

Sound: Marco A Toledo, Juan Borrel, David Mantecón

Producer: Penélope Cruz

Production Company: Morena Films

Co-Producer: Julio Medem, Alvaro Longoria

Co-Production Company: Ma Ma PC, Ma Ma Películas AIE, Mare Nostrum Productions

World Sales: Seville International

Distributor: MFA+ FilmDistribution e.K.

Director: Julio Medem


Julio Médem was born in San Sebastián in 1958. He studied medicine at Universidad del País Vasco, began working as a film critic and shooting short films. His feature film debut was VACAS (1992), followed by LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (1998), SEX AND LUCIA (2001), CHAOTIC ANA (2007) and ROOM IN ROME (2010).