North American Premiere
Approaching the end of her childbearing years, Milagro (Julia de Castro) starts to question her impetus to conceive and impulsively embarks on a road trip to shake the sudden onset of existential dread. She is joined by her best friend Jonathan, who is working through his own unfinished business with a former flame, and a mysterious mermaid they pick up on a visit to the aquarium. Their journey becomes a whirlwind of roadside drama, song, dance, steamy trysts, and unexpected self-discoveries. Rooted in Spanish surrealist and absurdist cinema, On the Go is a cinephile’s joyride full of deceptively random plot twists that ultimately fall into place in the most delightful and insightful ways. Its chaos is skillfully contained, lyrically paced and the directors’ storytelling wit is entirely disarming. With their finger firmly on the millennial pulse, they playfully tap into generational angst and turn it into a celebration of life and sensual pleasures. A thrill ride from start to end, this has the makings of a new cult favourite.
Special Mention, Cineasti del presente, Locarno 2023
September 30: Q&A with director María Gisèle Royo
October 2: Q&A with directors María Gisèle Royo & Julia de Castro
Omar Ayuso, Julia De Castro, Chacha Huang, Manuel De Blas, Gonzalo García Pelayo
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
María Gisèle Royo, Julia De Castro
María Gisèle Royo, Julia de Castro
Ilton K. Do Rosario
Paola Álvarez, Sergio Jiménez
María Gisèle Royo
María Gisèle Royo has been awarded an Oscar and an Emmy in their student categories. María has presented her work at a public hearing in the European Parliament, and at the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum in Geneva. She is a born collaborator : among other movies, she has worked in El Silencio de Otros, winner of two Emmys and the Peace and Audience awards at Berlinale. She also participated in H. as Art Director, winner of an Independent Spirit Award. She is currently also teaching in Berlin at the BA and Master of Film at the Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology.
Julia de Castro
Julia de Castro created and directed De La Puissima, a stage project that toured the world for a decade with 70 musicians and for which she was nominated as best actress for the prestigious Valle Inclán Awards. She has released two albums and written a book on prostitution, La Retorica Delle Puttane. It doesn’t matter which expression she chooses; music, literature, theatre or cinema, everything that comes from Julia has interest.
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Françoise wakes up from an ominous dream that seems to foreshadow her imminent death. Not wanting to waste a minute of her remaining time, she consults her crystal pendulum and convinces her best friend Delphine to attend a mysterious costume party.
On the Go
Questioning her desire to have a child, a mid-thirties woman embarks on a road trip with her best friend, who is working through his own commitment issues. Their journey turns into a whirlwind of roadside drama and unexpected self-discoveries.
Residents of a Greek island prepare for fellow European tourists seeking the best summer experience their modest earnings can buy, the "animatuers" at the local hotel resort dust off their shiny costumes and dance to keep the masses entertained.
Three siblings live with an emotionally stunted mother on a remote island off the coast of Ecuador, cocooned and deeply mistrustful of the world outside their bubble. But dark secrets loom, pulling the eldest daughter toward city life.
The Sea and Its Waves
Like a film poem, The Sea and Its Waves follows a brother and sister as they pass through an almost deserted Beirut on their way out of the country. Bathed in moonlight and flickering city lights, this is atmospheric, transcendental cinema.
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
In this stirring coming-of-age drama grounded in the complex father-son dynamic, 16-year-old Meng is trying to find common ground with his emotionally distant father and military service is on the horizon.
The Face of the Jellyfish
Thirty-something Marina wakes up to a completely new face. Cutting herself off from friends and colleagues, she pours through family archives to make sense of the surreal development. With no practical solution in sight, a world of possibility opens up.
Let Me Go
This erotically charged drama centers on a mature single woman seeking companionship through intimate encounters with men staying at a remote Swiss mountain chalet. A modern romance featuring an enigmatic, meticulously put-together dame.