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by Alberto Morais


The Mother follows 14-year-old Miguel (a name that crops up time and again in Morais’ films), whose mother is a volatile and aloof woman. He doesn’t want to go back to the juvenile detention centre, where social services are trying to lock him up, and instead seeks refuge in the house of a Romanian man who used to be his mother’s lover, keeping his head above water by doing all kinds of odd jobs. He also befriends María, the proprietor of a bar, who will forge a mother-like relationship with him.

international title: The Mother
original title: La madre
country: Spain, Romania, France
sales agent: Alfama Films
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Alberto Morais
film run: 89'
screenplay: Alberto Morais
cast: Javier Mendo, Nieve de Medina, Ovidiu Crisan, Alexandru Stanciu, Laila Marull
cinematography by: Diego Dussuel
film editing: Julia Juániz
art director: Vicente Mateu
music: Vincent Barrière, Xema Fuertes
producer: Veronica Garcia, Paulo Branco, Alberto Morais
production: Olivo Films S.L., Fundatia Teatru Contemporan, Alfama Films
backing: Instituto de Cinematografía (ICAA), Instituto Valenciano de las Artes Cinematográficas (IVAC), Eurimages (COE), Cinéma du Monde (CNC)
distributor: Syldavia Cinema, Alfama Films
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