La spagnola

  • 90'
  • Australia
  • 2001
It is 1960. Spanish emigrant Lola lives with her husband Ricardo and fourteenyearold daughter Lucia in a dusty Australian town. Their home is a shed without a garden in a dry and treeless area close to an oil refinery. One day, Ricardo leaves his wife and child behind, plunders their savings account, buys a flashy sports car and lives it up with his blond Australian lover, while Lucia and Lola starve. Ricardo's happiness is however only short lived: the highcholesterol diet of his new lover Wendy proves fatal for him... Wendy inherits everything. Lola wants revenge. She has set her sights on the sports car the only thing of any value. Daughter Lucia meanwhile hatches her own plan. The two strategies clash with disastrous and funny results.La spagnola is a comic whirlwind filled with lively action, typically Australian physical jokes and wonderful visual effects, exploiting the dusty industrial location and the multicultural backgrounds of the characters. Steve Jacobs, who also has much experience as an actor, has a good eye for the eccentric qualities of the characters in realising this project by writer and producer AnnaMaria Monticelli. And he brought together a great cast in which, alongside the beautiful women's roles, heartbreaker Alex Dimitriades (Heartbreak High, Head On) is striking.
Director
Steve Jacobs
Country of production
Australia
Production Year
2001
Festival Edition
IFFR 2002
Length
90'
Medium
35mm
International title
The Spanish Woman
Language
English
Producers
Wild Strawberries, Anna-Maria Monticelli
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Anna-Maria Monticelli
Cinematography
Steve Arnold