Facing the Wind

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    Facing the Wind

    Con el viento

    Directed by

    Spain, Argentina, France

    2018

    108 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Mónica has been living in Buenos Aires for 20 years working as a dancer when the news reaches her that her father is on his deathbed in Spain. By the time she arrives, he’s already gone. Resisting the impulse to return as quickly as possible to her faraway life, she stays to help her mother sell the family home. When it becomes clear that she’s not merely bidding farewell to the place of her childhood, the past pushes its way into Mónica’s existence with unexpected force; old conflicts and regret about missed chances bubble up, and she realises she has limited time left with her mother. As still no one ever says much in this family, Mónica works through her inner turmoil primarily via her body, finding an outlet in dance. In this moving debut filmed with non-professional actors, Meritxell Colell Aparicio manages to tell a story of fundamental emotions with little more than few simple gestures. Mónica, who likes to cocoon herself in layers of wool jumpers to stave off the cold, finds increasing warmth in spending time with her mother, sister, and niece, playing cards or going for walks together in the rugged, stormy landscape, whose sheer expanse opens out her inner confinement.

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    Cast
    Mónica García
    Concha Canal
    Ana Fernández
    Elena Martín
    Screenplay
    Meritxell Colell Aparicio
    Cinematography
    Aurélien Py
    Julián Elizalde
    Editing
    Ana Pfaff
    Production
    POLAR STAR FILMS
    Meritxell Colell Aparicio

    Meritxell Colell Aparicio

    Spain

    Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1983. She studied Audiovisual Communication at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Aside from being a filmmaker, she also works as an editor of feature films. FACING THE WIND is her first feature film.