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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Zabaltegi - New Directors

Handed over in a fixed marriage to Juan, Yerma's hearfelt desire to have a child is nipped in the bud when mother nature doesn't fulfil her dreams, and she puts her aspiration on a pedestal as the perfect example of love, liberation and a way of standing up to death. To admit she can't have children would be to deny her very existence, a sort of living death. The fact that her husband is too busy looking after his livestock to be passionate, pushes Yerma to accuse him of being unable to have children, while her sense of honour prevents her from giving in to Victor, the man with whom she is certain she could engender an infant. Realising that society has no room for a childless woman, she sets out on a pilgrimage in honour of a saint rumoured to cure infertility.
Born in Seville, Pilar studied Psychology and Philosophy and has been working in cinema since 1980. She has directed several documentaries and TV series, mostly on subjects related to Andalusia and Flamenco dancing. She combines directing with classes and conferences and is a member of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. Nanas de espinas (1984) was her first feature.
Pilar Tavora
Pilar Távora
Acacio D'Almeida
Vicente Sanchís
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Juan Diego, Irene Papas, Mercedes Bernal
Running Time
114 m.
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