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Find out the Spanish Authors Competition, as well as the other national films of the 5th edition

La Maternal by Pilar Palomero will open the 5th edition of the Madrid Films by Women Festival

For the second year, the Madrid Films by Women Festival joins the SPANISH CINEMA DAY which is celebrated today, October 6th, by presenting the Spanish Authors Competition, as well as other Spanish films out of competition, included in this fifth edition’s programming.

The Spanish Cinema Day, initiative launched in 2021 by the Ministry of Culture and Sports through the Spanish Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA), is a unique opportunity to make visible the great national film repertoire, making a claim for a particular and unique vision. As has been proven, women have a more than relevant place in the Spanish scene, and that is what Madrid Films by Women Festival vindicates by amplifying the voice of all those professionals who have built the audiovisual imaginary throughout our history.

¡Don't miss the national films programmed for this edition!

The Madrid Premiere of La Maternal will open the 5th edition of Madrid Films by Women Festival. Director Pilar Palomero will present her feature film on Tuesday, October 25th, during the festival's Opening Gala at the Palacio de la Prensa. The film was recently selected at the San Sebastian Festival and its leading actor, Carla Quílez, received the Silver Shell for Best Leading Performance.

Thanks to the collaboration of the Fundación SGAE, the Madrid Films by Women Festival will program the Spanish Authors Competition at the Sala Berlanga. The Festival's Programming Committee has carefully selected 10 feature films, produced between 2021 and 2022, which will compete for the 2022 Best Spanish Film Award at the Madrid Films by Women Festival. The award will be granted by the critics of the ‘Asociación Blogos de Oro’ Marta Pedraza, Mariasun Miquel and Ana Macannuco. The director of the winning film will receive €3,000 in film equipment rental discounts courtesy of RC Service, and a mobile phone, 12 Lite model, courtesy of Xiaomi Iberia.


Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30 pm.
Anna Bofarull, Spain and the United States
Drama, 2022, 2h 7m
Co-producer Marian Matachana will host.


Thursday, October 27th, 6:30 pm
Sis dies corrents (Six ordinary days)
Neus Ballús, Spain
Fiction, 2021, 1h 25m


Thursday, October 27th, 9:00 pm
Marina Rodriguez Colas, Spain
Fiction. Comedy. 2021, 1h 31m


Friday, October 28th, 6:30 pm
Canción a una dama en la sombra (Song to a lady in the shadows)
Carolina Astudillo, Spain
Documentary, 2021, 1h 40m


Friday, October 28th, 9:00 pm
La voluntaria (The Volonteer)
Nely Reguera, Spain
Fiction, 2022, 1h 39m


Saturday, October 29th, 6:30 pm
Héroes de barrio
Angeles Reine, Spain
Fiction, 2022, 1h 26m
Director Ángeles Reiné will host


Saturday, October 29th, 9:00 pm
El Comensal
Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, Spain
Fiction, 2022, 1h 40m
Director Ángeles González-Sinde will host.


Tuesday, November 1st, 6:30 pm
Viaje a alguna parte
Helena from Llanos, Spain
Documentary, 2021, 1h 44m
Director Helena de LLanos will host.

Tuesday, November 1st, 9:00 pm
Cerdita (Piggy)
Carlota Martinez Pereda, Spain
Fiction, 2022, 1h 40m
Leading actress Laura Galán will host.

Wednesday, November 2nd, 6:30 pm
Cinco lobitos (Lullaby)
Alauda Ruiz de Azua, Spain
Fiction, 2022, 1h 44m


The Madrid Premiere of Isabel Coixet's latest documentary film, El sostre groc (The Yellow Roof) (2022) will be screened at The Sala Berlanga of the Fundación SGAE, in a special out-of-competition session on Wednesday, October 26 th at 9:00 pm. It will be hosted by its director that will receive the 2022 Outstanding Career Award at the 2022 Madrid Films by Women Festival.

Additionally, the Biblioteca Nacional de España will participate for the first time as a festival venue. The documentary María Moliner. Tendiendo palabras (2017) by Vicky Calavia will be screened in the Salón de actos on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm. The feature film received the Audience Award at the Buñuel-Calanda International Festival and the Best Feature Documentary at the 2017 12MFF festival in Romania. Ángel Martínez Roger, Cultural Director of the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Ms. Calavia and the co-director of Madrid Films by Women Festival will host.

In line with the Festival´s interest in making national figures visible, the local television channel 8madrid TV has programmed a special cycle dedicated to Women directors with 7 feature films, six by female directors from Spain and one by the Portuguese María de Medeiros, selected from its audiovisual resources. These are the films by national directors that will be broadcasted in prime time: Todos tenemos un plan (2012) by Ana Piterbarg, Insomnio (1997) by Chus Gutiérrez, Vámonos Bárbara (1978) by Cecilia Bartolomé, El dominio de los sentidos (1997) by Teresa Pelegri, Retrato de una mujer con hombre al fondo (1996) by Manane Rodríguez and A los que aman (1998) by Isabel Coixet.


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