Saturday, May 25, 2024

O Corno

Direction and script: Jaione Camborda

Year: 2023

Duration: 99 min.

Country: Spain

Cast: Janet Novás, Siobhan Fernándes, Carla Rivas, Daniela Hernán Marchaán, María Lado, Julia Gómez, José Navarro, Nuria Lestegás, Diego Anido

Genre: Drama

Music: Camilo Sanabria

Photography: Rui Poças

Productor: Coproducción España-Portugal-Bélgica; Esnatu Zinema, Miramemira, Elastica Films, Bando à Parte, Bulletproof Cupid. Distributor: Elastica Films

Distribuidora en España: Elastica Films

Premiere in Spain: October 11, 2023

Original version: Galician and Portuguese subtitles in Spanish

2023: San Sebastián Festival: Golden Shell (Best Film)

2023: Goya Awards (Spain): Best New Actress.

2023: Feroz Awards: Nominated for best poster


Illa de Arousa, 1971. María is a woman who makes a living collecting shellfish. She is also known on the island for helping other women in childbirth with special dedication and care. After an unexpected event, she is forced to flee and embarks on a dangerous journey that will make her fight for her survival. In search of her freedom, María decides to cross the border along one of the smuggling routes between Galicia and Portugal.


“The director has managed to create a film that impacts and maintains interest from beginning to end”

Time for shellfish harvesters, for smugglers, for dangers. Earth, water and fire dominate a story divided into two very different halves, which in the second section becomes a road movie with nighttime and treachery, through unpaved roads where only clandestine people, those who flee, travel. and those who watch. It is the road to hell, without anyone having made a career to walk there.

It is not an easy film to watch O como, nor does it have to be. The long prologue, a painful home birth, the old-fashioned way, in which the midwife is played by a professional dancer (Janet Novás) to give even more tragic and even lyrical corporeality to what is an ordeal, sets the cards. on the table. The pregnant woman suffers the wear and tear of her nature. And each woman suffers the wear and tear of an oppressive sexist society on the corner, which forces her to fornicate and give birth, to work and bend, if not to be raped, both metaphorically and physically. It is like a film about motherhood understood as the responsibility of its mammalian species to finally grant life. And also about its opposite: about the right to decide about that natural obligation. Abortion, therefore, has a primary importance at the base of the story.

Little or nothing can be reproached to Camborda about his work, winner of the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián festival. Their continuous rhymes—between mothers and daughters, through women’s scars and across their breasts; between people, and between natural elements—they never smell like easy rubble. The animal instinct and the reigning primitivism are well drawn. The treatment of the ellipses and the off-screen, what is left to one side of the story and the images, is elegant. Also its beautiful ending.


CINEFÓRUM “Carmen Laforet” With the presence of her daughter Marta Cerezales Laforet

Tuesday, April 23 (Book Day)

7:00 p.m. NOTHING by Edgar Neville

When Andrea goes to university, she stays at her grandmother’s house, but she will have to put up with her annoying relatives. Since everything in the house is family quarrels, only his strong character will allow him to cope with the situation.

Next screening: April 25, 2024

20:00h FALLEN LEAVES by Aki Kaurismäki

Ansa is single and lives in Helsinki. He works in a supermarket. One night he accidentally meets the equally lonely worker Holappa, an alcoholic. Against all odds and misunderstandings, they try to build a relationship.




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