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El Planeta

Directed by Amalia Ulman, 2021 USA, Spain 82 minutes
M
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A mother and daughter grift their way through post-crisis Spain in this darkly funny Sundance hit from acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Amalia Ulman.

Loosely based on real-life petty-crime duo Justina and Ana Belén, El Planeta finds Leo (Ulman), an in-demand but under-paid stylist, and her unemployed mother María (Ulman’s actual mother Ale) unable to make ends meet. They half-heartedly engage in increasingly desperate schemes to maintain their former middle-class lifestyle in the face of looming financial ruin. Scored by renowned New York club kid Chicken, the film boasts a gorgeous, crisp, minimalistic grayscale aesthetic – and a hilarious cameo from cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo. Director/writer/producer/star Ulman delivers an iconic, sincere, witty and memorable feature debut, naturally continuing her prior explorations of class, gender and sexuality.

Program Strand
Features,
Classification
M - Sexual references and coarse language
Language
In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Amalia Ulman,
Producer
Amalia Ulman, Kathleen Heffernan, Kweku Mandela,
Cast
Nacho Vigalondo, Ale Ulman, Amalia Ulman,
Screenwriter
Amalia Ulman,
Cinematographer
Carlos Rigo Bellver,
Editor
Katharine McQuerrey, Anthony Valdez,
Genre
Comedy, Women Directors, Politics & Economics, Off-Beat, Focus on Women,
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Static Vision,