Special Session

LA HIJA

Manuel Martín Cuenca | Spain | 2021 | 122 min
O.V. in Spanish subtitled in English
LA HIJA

The director of Caníbal and El autor returns with a film shot in Jaén, starring Javier Gutierrez and Patricia López Arnaiz (Goya for Best Actress in Ane), and with a soundtrack composed by the band Vetusta Morla. Somewhere between drama and psychological thriller, La hija tells the story of Javier and Adela, who want to have a child more than anything else. Fifteen-year-old Irene lives in a juvenile center where Javier works. She is pregnant and is determined to change her life thanks to the help of the couple, who offer her to live with them in their isolated house in the mountains, under a condition which won't be as easy to fulfill as it seems.

Direction: Manuel Martín Cuenca
Script: Alejandro Hernández, Manuel Martín Cuenca
Cinematography: Marc Gómez del Moral
Editing: Ángel Hernández Zoido (AMAE)
Production Design: Montse Sanz
Music: Vetusta Morla
Cast: Javier Gutiérrez, Patricia López Arnaiz, Sofian Elben, Juan Carlos Villanueva, María Morales, Irene Virgüez Filippidis
Production: Fernando Bovaira, Manuel Martín Cuenca
Production Company: MOD Producciones, La Loma Blanca PC, La Hija Producciones la película AIE

Manuel Martín Cuenca

Born in El Ejido in 1964. He made the leap to fiction feature films adapting Lorenzo Silva's novel by the same name La flaqueza del bolchevique (2003). Before that, the filmmaker from Almería worked as an assistant to Icíar Bollain, José Luis Cuerda and José Luis Borau. After making short films El día blanco and Nadie (Un cuento de invierno), he made his first feature film, the documentary El Juego de Cuba (2001), winner of the Biznaga de Plata at the Malaga Festival. Professor and coordinator of the Directing department at the National Film School of San Antonio de Baños (Cuba) and lecturer at the Carlos III University of Madrid, Martín Cuenca has shot Malas temporadas (2005), the documentary Últimos testigos (2009), La mitad de Óscar (2010) and his two most renowned feature films: Caníbal (2013) and El autor (2018), for which he was recognised as Best Director at the ASECAN awards and received two Goya nominations. His newest film, La hija (2021), was part of the Official Section of the San Sebastian Film Festival.