"A captivating throwback to the shaggy aesthetic of micro-budget '90s New York indies that plays like GREY GARDENS with a hint of early Almodóvar." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

"A laugh-out-loud funny piece of absurdism." - Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist 

"A stellar debut." - Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

EL PLANETA begins with an awkward transaction, as Leonor (played by director Amalia Ulman) meets with a man in a cafe. After pleasantries about the weather, they get down to the business at hand: how much would he pay her for sex work? After a brief back and forth, they part (he's got to pick up his daughter, after all) and Leonor returns to the small apartment she shares with her eccentric mother, María (played by Ulman's mother, Ale). Surrounded by the ruin of Spain post-financial crisis, the two bluff and grift, clinging to their middle-class lifestyle and pursuit of prosperity. Darkly comedic, EL PLANETA explores female desire and power, and the complicated relationship between mother and daughter. Shot in crisp black and white on the streets of Gijón, Spain, EL PLANETA is a bold debut that blurs the lines between documentary and fiction, that leans into the uncomfortable, and that presents a compassionate and farcical commentary on what it takes to get by. (RF)

Festivals, Awards & Nominations

Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival; New Directors/New Films (Opening Night 2021)

Winner - Best Director, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

Winner - Best Narrative Feature - Oak Cliff Film Festival
Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival

Updated COVID-19 Protocols

Dear Friends,

We care deeply about the well-being and safety of our audiences and staff. With the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, we are updating our health and safety procedures to require proof of full vaccination* or a negative result on a COVID PCR test for all screenings and events at the Film Center. 

We know it can be hard to enjoy a movie without knowing the status of the folks sitting close to you.  Our hope is that these new procedures will allow you to relax and view our films in the way they’re meant to be seen--with your undivided attention to the screen.

Beginning on Friday, September 10, you will need a valid photo ID and one of the following items to gain entry to the Film Center:

  • Physical vaccination card
  • A legible photo, copy, or scan of your card; an image on your phone will be acceptable provided that it is legible 
  • Proof of a negative result on a COVID PCR test conducted within 72 hours of the film or event start time

*Full vaccination means any vaccine for COVID-19 which has received full or emergency use approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO). Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series or a single dose from a one-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the FDA or WHO.

You will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative PCR test result as you enter the theater. 

Children under 12 will not be permitted in the theater, since they are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine. 

In addition, the Film Center will continue to implement the following safety protocols:

  • In accordance with the Governor's recent Executive Order, all patrons and staff will be required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while in the theater
  • Staggered showtimes and ample time between shows to mitigate crowds
  • Ticket pre-orders for films encouraged to reduce lines and guarantee seats
  • Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks available for patrons
  • Only 80% of our tickets will be available for sale
  • No eating or drinking will be permitted in the theater; no concessions will be sold

The Film Center reserves the right to require patrons who do not follow these procedures to leave the theater immediately.

As always, if you are feeling unwell for any reason, please stay home and stream films instead of joining us at the theater. We are happy to refund or exchange your ticket for another time.  In addition, please understand that while these updated procedures are intended to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19, there is nonetheless inherent risk to exposure in any indoor space where others are present.  Those entering the theater do so at their own risk to such exposure.  

If you have already purchased a ticket for a screening on Friday, September 10 (or beyond) but are unable to comply with these new procedures, please contact us at filmcenter@saic.edu for a refund. 

We appreciate your cooperation and support as we continue to navigate the ever-changing COVID landscape.

See you at the movies!

--Your Friends at the Film Center