THAT WAS LIFE

David Martín de los Santos - Coming of Old Age, 104' - TIFF Tokyo & Cluj, Seville Best Actress

2020

España

Fiction, Drama

1h 47m

Maria's stable, retired life drastically changes when the condition of a young patient sharing a hospital room abruptly worsens. This road movie celebrates human dignity with the ageless possibilities of life.

SYNOPSIS

Two Spanish women from different generations coincide in a hospital room in Belgium. María (Petra Martínez) has been living there for decades after emigrating when she was young, and Verónica (Anna Castillo) is a girl recently arrived in search of opportunities she never found in Spain. A strange friendship is forged between them which will lead María to set out on a return journey to the south of Spain with an unusual mission. What begins as a journey in search of Verónica's roots will become an opportunity to question certain principles on which she had based her life.

FESTIVALS

  • 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival (Official Selection)

  • 17th Seville City Festival (Official Selection

Best Actress Award: Petra Martínez 

  • ASECAN Award to the Best Film of the Official Section

  • Almeria International Film Festival 2020 (Official Selection Opera Prima)

2nd Best First Film Award

  • XV Festival de Cine Inédito de Mérida (Official Selection)

Youth Award

  • D'A Barcelona 2021 (Special Screening)

  • Malaga Film Festival 2021 (Special Screening)

  • Film Fest DC. Washington Film Festival (Official Selection)

  • London Spanish Film Festival (Official Selection)

  • Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) (Official Selection. Starts July 23rd)

  • Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival. Winner Best Actress and Best Debut Film