Pata Negra Film Session Presents: All About My Mother
The first installment of our monthly Spanish cinema night, the Petra Negra Film Session, is Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother!
Tapas and movies! It’s an evening with Spanish flavor!
Come early at 6:00p for food and tragos – Spanish treats and cocktails! Film at 7:00p!
This month the tapas will be free, courtesy of Sí Tapas!
‘Pedro Almodóvar directed this story of a woman and her circle of friends
who find themselves suffering a variety of emotional crises. Manuela
(Cecilia Roth) is a single mother who has raised her son, Esteban (Eloy
Azorín), to adulthood on her own and has come to emotionally depend on
him. One night, Manuela and Esteban take in a production of A Streetcar
Named Desire; after the show, Esteban is struck and killed by a passing
motorist as he dashes into the street to get an autograph from Huma Rojo
(Marisa Paredes), who played Blanche. Emotionally devastated, Manuela
relocates to Barcelona in hopes of finding her ex-husband (and Esteban’s
father), who is now working as a female impersonator. Manuela becomes
reacquainted with old friend La Agrado (Antonia San Juan), a
transsexual, and is introduced to Sister Rosa (Penélope Cruz), a
good-hearted nun who has to contend with her considerably more cynical
mother (Rosa María Sardà). While looking for work, Manuela becomes
acquainted with Huma Rojo. Huma, on the other hand, has troubles of her
own, most involving her drug-addicted significant other, Nina (Candela
Peña). Displaying Almodóvar’s trademark visual style and a unusually
strong sense of character-driven drama, Todo Sobre Mi Madre/All About My
Mother received a highly anticipated theatrical run in Spain before
winning the Best Director award at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival; in
2000, Almodóvar would receive the Academy Award for Best Foreign
Language Film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi’