Todo sobre mi madre All about my mother

Todo sobre mi madre All about my mother

About the film

ASFF proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of Almodóvar’s masterpiece.

ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER stands out in its representation of trans women through the scene-stealing Agrado, a transgender sex-worker, notably played by a trans actress. She is witty, grounded, and sympathetic, delivering a monologue towards the end of the film that explores her trans identity in a way far ahead of its time; it ends with the memorable line, “You are more authentic the more you resemble what you’ve dreamed of being.”

This Oscar-winning melodrama, one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most beloved films, provides a dizzying, moving exploration of the meaning of motherhood. In an instant, nurse Manuela (Cecilia Roth) loses the teenage son she raised on her own. Grief-stricken, she sets out to search for the boy’s long-lost father in Barcelona, where she reawakens into a new maternal role, at the head of a surrogate family that includes a pregnant, HIV-positive nun (Penélope Cruz); an illustrious star of the stage (Marisa Paredes); and a transgender sex worker (Antonia San Juan). Beautifully performed and bursting with cinematic references, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER is a vibrant tribute to female fortitude, a one-of-a-kind family portrait, and a work of boundless compassion.

“Almodóvar’s masterwork, is a spectacular synthesis of everything that has always interested him -- proud women, lovely boys, beautiful drag queens, grand movie stars, gorgeous frocks, wild wallpaper .”

— Entertainment Weekly

Festival & Awards Winner:  Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film • Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film • BAFTA Awards for Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Direction (Almodóvar) • six Goya Awards including Best Film, Best Director (Almodóvar), Best Actress (Roth)



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