Producer: Mikel Mas Bilbao / Carolina Astudillo
His wife and children are waiting for him in a Catalan village. This Penelope is neither courted by suitors, nor remains at home undoing at night the weaving she had done during the day. She has started working in a factory to support her family. These are times of scarcity, inflation and unemployment.
He writes numerous letters. She reads them to her children by candlelight.
The years pass and he does not return home. His wife has stopped receiving his letters and does not know what could have happened to him.
A Greek chorus tells stories of other women who, like the protagonist, started a new life when the war began. Penelopes who did not succumb to the loom trap and the impassive wait.
Director´s Biofilmography: Carolina Astudillo
Carolina Astudillo Muñoz (Santiago de Chile) is a filmmaker, journalist, researcher and teacher. She has a degree in Film Studies from the Catholic University of Chile and a Master's in Creative Documentary from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
She has developed her work in research, documentary creation and writing, having as an articulating axis women and historical memory. Her works oscillate between experimental cinema and documentary.
Her films have been exhibited in museums and educational institutions, such as the Jeu de Paume, Tabakalera, Museu d Història de Catalunya, Université Paris-Sorbonne; Université de Franche-Comté; University of Bourgogne; Aix-Marseille Université; Rovira i Virgili University; University of Salamanca (CEISAL); Pompeu Fabra University; University of the Basque Country (TyF); Tecnocampus; University of Chile; USACH and Diego Portales.
Her documentaries De monsters y skirts (2008), The unspeakable (2012), The desire of civilization: Notes for The Great Flight (2014) and A Walk through New York Harbor (2019) have been awarded and exhibited at national and international festivals .
Her first feature film, The Great Flight, (2014) has been screened at various festivals, shows and universities. She obtained the Silver Biznaga for Best Documentary at the Malaga Festival (2015); the Feroz Puerta Oscura award for Best Documentary, awarded by the Association of Cinematographic Informants of Spain (AICE); the awards for the Best Documentary Half-length Film in Reach; Best Editing at Sole Luna Doc Film Festival and; Best Documentary in Som Cinema. For this work, the director was elected Best Director by the Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media (CIMA).
Her second feature film, Ainhoa, yo no soy esa (2018), again won the Silver Biznaga for Best Documentary at the Malaga Film Festival (2018), the Grand Jury Prize at Escales Documentaires (2018) and the award for Best Sound and Special Mention of the Jury in DocumentaMadrid (2018).
In the educational field, she teaches courses, seminars and masterclasses at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ??Pompeu Fabra University, University of Santiago (Chile), Pontifical Bolivariana University (Colombia), Chilean-British University of Culture (Chile) and in film schools ESCAC, ECIB, Master Lav, La Casa del Cine and LENS (Spain).
Since 2016 she has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain (AACCE).