THAT WAS LIFE
David Martín de los Santos - Coming of Old Age, 104' - TIFF Tokyo & Cluj, Seville Best Actress
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.
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.
33rd TIFF-Tokyo; Latin Beats Film Festival, Japan, D’A Film Festival, 50th Alcine Film Festival, ; 35th FilmFest DC, 25thMalaga Film Festival| ABYCINE| Alexandria IFF| | SEMINCI, Liverpool International Film Festival, Rabat International Author Film Festival, Best Actress and Best New Director Nominations; Golden Rooster Film Festival; Goya Nominee, Best Actress, Best First Film.
17thSeville European Film Festival, Best Actress (Petra Martinez); 20th Transylvania International Film Festival, Best Actress (Petra Martinez); Liverpool International Film Festival, Best Film of the Festival, Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress; Golden Rooster FF, China; FEROZ Critiques Press Award, Best Actress (P. Martinez); – Cinehorizontes, Marseille FF, Audience Award, Youth Award, & Best Actress Award; Abycine,Best Movie & Best Young Acting Career (Anna Castillo); Alexandria Mediterranean FF, Egypt, Best Actress (Petra Martinez) & Best Opera Prima; XV Festival de Cine Inédito de Mérida, Youth Award; Almeria International Film Festival 2020, 2nd Best First Film & Canal Sur Best Career (Petra Martinez), ; Tudela First-FF, Equality Award; Biznaga Paradise City, ALCINE, Best International Career (Petra Martinez), ALCINE; MUSOC- Asturias; Best Director, Casares New Andalusian FF; Best Film & Best Actress (ASECAN);
A rapturously moving debut." SCREEN DAILY; "A gem" HARPER'S BAZAAR; "Surprising and deeply moving" THE PLAYLIST; “Heartbreakingly tender." ELLE; "An actress in a state of grace." CINEMANIA; "An illuminating glimmer about the possibility of reinventing oneself." CINEUROPA; "Fantastic" ECARTELERA; “Resounding success both for the depth of its story and for the liveliness of its characters" VAVEL
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)