In the Catholic girls‘ school choir, Celia‘s voice must not be heard. But her mute acceptance of the conservative dictates of an environment utterly bereft of color and individuality is soon shaken up by the arrival of a new classmate, Brisa. Standing on the threshold of adolescence, Celia discovers a thirst for life in all its multifaceted glory. A bond quickly develops between the two girls, and together they rail against the authority figures and their rigid rules. In small acts of rebellion, Celia finds the courage to express her growing distrust of the value system governing her world in 1990s Spain, as questions start to form about her own family background – a topic on which her mother has always kept silent.


(Berlinale 2020 – Generation Kplus)

Schoolgirls (Las Niñas) won 4 major awards at the 35th Goyas ceremony: Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay – and Best Photography for Daniela Cajias.

About the Director

Born in Zaragoza (Spain), Pilar Palomero graduated in Hispanic Philology by the University of Zaragoza. In 2013 she attended the Master on Film Direction at Film Factory (Sarajevo) under Béla Tarr’s mentorship. Before that, she had worked for several years as a scriptwriter and teacher. Her short films have been presented in several Festivals, like Warsaw International Film Festival, DocumentaMadrid, D’A Film Festival of Barcelona, Sarajevo Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, Sant Luis International Film Festival, Huesca Film Festival, Málaga Film Festival, or Busan International Short Films Festival. She has been Berlinale Talents 2017 and Sarajevo Talents 2016 alumna. Schoolgirls is her first feature film as a scriptwriter and director.

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