Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

Happy New Year, Grandma! (Urte Berri On, Amona!)


Year: 2011
Country: SPAIN
Run Time: 107 minutes

Happy New Year, Grandma!
Happy New Year, Grandma!
Happy New Year, Grandma!
Happy New Year, Grandma!
Happy New Year, Grandma!

Don't be deceived by the title; this is not an upbeat movie for the whole family to enjoy. In fact, this matriarch may go down in history as the scariest granny of all time. Shot in the Basque language in picturesque San Sebastian, Spain, HAPPY NEW YEAR, GRANDMA! tells the story of a very difficult 88-year-old woman who refuses to go anywhere gently. Mute but sharp-eyed Mari is being cared for by her daughter Maritxu. Her incessant demands are driving them crazy, so Maritxu's husband Joxemari decides the old bird needs to go into a home. To facilitate this, he takes his wife on a much-needed vacation while their conscientious daughter Miren and her hunting-crazed husband Kintxo take Mari away. Grandma naturally escapes from the nursing home and starts taking revenge on her family for putting her there. Is this a black comedy or a horror story? We'll let you decide. (In Basque with subtitles) – B.B.

Happy New Year, Grandma! (Urte Berri On, Amona!)

CIFF36 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 8:20 PM

United Airlines World Tour

Telmo Esnal

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Telmo Esnal was born in 1966 in Zarautz, in the Spanish Basque country. He has had a long career as an assistant director and has directed a number of short films including, tellingly, one entitled "The Inflatable Grandma."

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