Las niñas

Schoolgirls | Mädchen
“I’m here to confess, Father, for I have sinned. – What sins have you committed, my child? – I don´t know.”

In the Catholic girls‘ school choir, Celia‘s voice must not be heard. But her mute acceptance of the conservative dictates of an environment utterly bereft of colour and individuality is soon shaken up by the arrival of a new classmate, Brisa. Standing on the threshold of adolescence, Celia discovers a thirst for life in all its multifaceted glory. A bond quickly develops between the two girls, and together they rail against the authority figures and their rigid rules. In small acts of rebellion, Celia finds the courage to express her growing distrust of the value system governing her world in 1990s Spain, as questions start to form about her own family background – a topic on which her mother has always kept silent.
by Pilar Palomero
with Andrea Fandos, Natalia de Molina, Zoé Arnao, Julia Sierra, Francesca Piñón
Spain 2020 Spanish,  Subtitles: English 97’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 11 years and up

With

  • Andrea Fandos (Celia)
  • Natalia de Molina (Celia’s Mother)
  • Zoé Arnao (Brisa)
  • Julia Sierra (Cristina)
  • Francesca Piñón (Mother Consuelo)
  • Ainara Nieto (Clara)
  • Elisa Martinez (Leyre)
  • Carlota Gurpeguí (Vanessa)
  • Jesusa Aldany (Mother Magdalena)
  • Mercé Mariné (Celia’s Grandmother)

Crew

Written and directed byPilar Palomero
CinematographyDaniela Cajías
EditingSofi Escudé
MusicCarlos Naya
Sound DesignAlejandra Molina
SoundAmanda Villavieja
Production DesignMónica Bernuy
CostumesArantxa Ezquerro
Make-upCarmen Arbues
Assistant DirectorIgnacio Lasierra
CastingGisela Krenn
Production ManagerUriel Wisnia
ProducersValérie Delpierre, Alex Lafuente
Executive ProducersValerie Delpierre, Alex Lafuente

Produced by

Inicia Films

Barcelona, Spain

+34 9300 80618

BTeam Prods

Madrid, Spain

+34 910 406728

World sales

Film Factory Entertainment

Barcelona, Spain

+34 93 3684608

www.filmfactoryentertainment.com www.filmfactoryentertainment.com

Pilar Palomero

Born in Zaragoza, Spain, she graduated with a degree in Hispanic philology from her native city’s university and then worked for several years as a screenwriter and teacher. In 2013, she took up a master’s in film direction at the Film Factory in Sarajevo where she was mentored by Béla Tarr. Her short films have screened at numerous international festivals; she is an alumna of the 2017 Berlinale Talents. Las niñas, for which she also wrote the screenplay, is her debut feature film as a director.

Filmography

2009 Niño balcón; short film 2016 La noche de todas las cosas; short film 2017 Zismko sunce; short film · Horta; short film 2020 Las niñas

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Dates

Feb 23 13:00

Urania

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Feb 24 14:00

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Berlinale Talents | with Q&A

Ticket code 240931

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Feb 24 15:30

Filmtheater am Friedrichshain

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Feb 26 17:00

Cubix 8

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Feb 28 09:30

Zoo Palast 1

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