Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Ma Ma

Year: 2015
Run Time: 111 minutes

Ma Ma

Penélope Cruz delivers one of her best and most heartfelt performances in this emotional drama about a woman confronting illness, the end of her marriage, and the future of her family. Cruz stars as Magda, a Madrid woman who has recently been laid off from her teaching job, and whose college professor husband has run off with one of his students. As she struggles to raise her young, soccer-crazed son, Dani, she learns she has bigger problems: a diagnosis of breast cancer. As she begins arduous chemotherapy, she befriends a grieving man named Arturo (Luis Tosar), whose wife and daughter were in a terrible accident. The two bond and Arturo helps Magda and Dani navigate a new set of obstacles. In MA MA, writer-director Julio Medem (“Sex and Lucia”) looks at love, loss, and motherhood, while steering towards the ethereal. Magda keeps seeing the dream-like presence of a pale, young girl. Who is she? And what do these visions mean? (In Spanish with subtitles) –C.O.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Cinema en Español
Women of the World

Julio Medem

Julio Medem was born in San Sebastián, Spain. He was a medical student and a film critic before directing shorts and later features.

"Vacas" (1992), "The Red Squirrel" (1993), "Earth" (1996), "Lovers of the Arctic Circle" (1998), "Sex and Lucia" (2001), "The Basque Ball: Skin Against Stone" (2003), "Chaotic Ana" (2007), "Room in Rome" (2010), MA MA (2015)

Penélope Cruz, Julio Medem, Alvaro Longoria

Julio Medem

Kiko de la Rica

Iván Aledo, Julio Medem

Principal Cast
Penélope Cruz, Luis Tosar, Asier Etxeandia, Àlex Brendemühl

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