Director: Amalia Ulman Run Time: 81 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2021 Language: Spanish
Starring: Ale Ulman, Amalia Ulman, Nacho Vigalondo
Leonor (writer/director Amalia Ulman) is forced to return home after the death of her father and reluctantly reconnects with her eccentric mother (played by Ulman’s own mother). Mother and daughter quickly form a low-level con artist team, hustling to maintain the semblances of their middle-class lifestyle in the face of an impending eviction.
EL PLANETA is a dark comedy that explores contemporary poverty, female desire, and the always complicated relationships between mother and daughter. Reminiscent of early Jim Jarmusch with its loose, wryly comedic style and black and white cinematography, this bracing first feature just garnered two nominations from the annual Gotham Awards: Best Screenplay and Breakthrough Performance!
“Refreshingly original in its rethinking of the grifter film, adding humor but never sacrificing its humanity.” – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, AWFJ Women on Film
“We are only lucky to be invited to visit this two-people planet for a short while.“ – Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times
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