Spain, 2020, 129 min, Dir. Jonás Trueba, Not Rated, Spanish with English subtitles, Outsider Pictures
“Heartbreakingly tender, intoxicating stroll of a movie… Itsaso Arana gives a beautiful, transcendent performance.” —Rory O'Connnor, The Film Stage
After watching The August Virgin, be sure to watch our exclusive Q&A with director Jonás Trueba and co-writer / star Itsaso Arana, moderated by Nat Chediak, Director of Programming. Click here to watch the Q&A. After a brief introduction in English, the conversation is conducted in Spanish.
Eva (played by the film’s co-writer, the luminescent Itasao Aran) is about to turn 33. Her decision to stay in Madrid in the sweltering month of August, when most of the city’s inhabitants flee, is something of a leap of faith – she’s in search of herself and her own life. The neighborhoods around her are bursting with traditional Saint’s Days parties and celebrations, while she encounters a series of old friends and lovers, and meets some new ones. A former boyfriend who still pines for her, a young mother who Eva’s lost touch with, a sexy Welsh guy with a thing for anti-fascist songs, a Reiki therapist who wants to align her female energies, and a new possible love interest, are just a few of the characters that fill her month of revelations, regrets and discoveries. The August Virgin is the journey of one woman, a dreamy, sensual summer story of delayed coming of age, dancing in the streets, and good conversation. With music from and an appearance by well-known Spanish singer Soleá Morente.
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