SFF21: THE AUGUST VIRGIN (La virgen de agosto) 129 mins


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Saturday, 15 May

A sumptuous, liberating drama about home and self, The August Virgin was chosen by respected film journal Cahiers du Cinéma as one of the 10 top films of 2020. An intoxicating celebration of Madrid, The August Virgin is a coming-of-age tale for the thirty-somethings.

Newly unemployed and unexpectedly single, Madrid’s famously hot August weather sets the scene for Eva (Itsaso Arana), a woman in her early thirties. Determined to change her life for the better, Eva decides to spend her summer in a short-term apartment so she can experience her hometown anew. Following Eva on her nocturnal travels through the city’s streets and bars, the absorbing feature reveals the puzzle pieces of her life that have led her to this moment.

An intimate journey of a woman in search of revelations, Eva encounters people from her past and meets new friends at open-air summer fiestas. Seeing Madrid through new eyes as she wanders through its picture postcard attractions, Eva’s summer is one of discovery; of the city she dearly loves and herself at the crossroads of youth and maturity.