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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Carmen & Lola

Carmen y Lola

2018, Arantxa Echevarria, Spain, 103 min.
Zaira Romero, Rosy Rodríguez

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 10th 5:30pm
  • Thu, Mar 14th 8:15pm

A tale of awakening love outside the norms of a traditional community is the subject of Echevarria's lively first feature. Carmen (Rodríguez) and Lola (Romero) are teenagers in Madrid's Roma (aka gypsy) community, where women are expected to marry early and bear many children. The brash, busty Carmen has no problems with that, and she is eagerly preparing for her upcoming wedding. Then she comes under the lovestruck gaze of Lola, a rebellious graffiti artist who is beginning to explore her lesbian leanings. At first Carmen is horrified by Lola's advances, then curious, then openly affectionate to a dangerous extent. Director Echevarria steeps her romantic tale in the customs of Roma life, from the bustling open-air market to revival-like church services, all richly flavored with driving, flamenco-style music. Winner of the 2019 Goya Award for Best New Director. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Latido Films. (MR)

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