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Elisa y Marcela

113.0 min.
Year of Production:
Natalia de Molina
Greta Fernández
Sara Casanovas
Tamar Novas
María Pujalte
Francesc Orella
Production Company:
Rodar y Rodar
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Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

When Marcela and Elisa meet on their first day in high school, it is love at first sight. A deep friendship begins which soon turns into a romantic relationship. Nothing can prevent the two girls’ feelings for each other, not even Marcela’s suspicious parents, who eventually send their daughter to boarding school. Years later, the two women meet again and decide to live together. Both are respected teachers, but their partnership has to be kept secret from the critical Catholic population. For this reason, Elisa decides to pose as a man and marry Marcela. Their wedding photo depicts two young women, one in a black dress with her hair up, the other with a short haircut and wearing a suit; both are looking hopefully into the future. But their love remains exposed to great dangers. Based on true events, Isabel Coixet’s film makes use of black-and-white images and letters for her unfussy but deeply empathetic rendition of the story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, who tied the knot in the church of San Jorge in A Coruña in Spain in 1901. A paean to passion, dignity and resistance.

FILMOGRAFIE Isabel Coixet (selection)

2018 Elisa y Marcela  2013 Ayer no termina nunca  2005 The Secret Life of Words   2003 My Life Without Me  1996 Cosas que nunca te dije 

Isabel Coixet @ IMDb
Interview with Isabel Coixet on 'Elisa y Marcela'
Interview with Natalia de Molina and Greta Fernández on 'Elisa y Marcela'

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