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Opens on March 1

Director: Lila Avilés Run Time: 95 min. Release Year: 2023 Language: Spanish

Starring: Marisol Gasé, Mateo García Elizondo, Montserrat Marañon, Naíma Sentíes, Saori Gurza

In a bustling Mexican household, seven-year-old Sol is swept up in a whirlwind of preparations for the birthday party for her father, Tona, led by her mother, aunts and other relatives. As the day goes on, building to an event both anticipated and dreaded, Sol begins to understand the gravity of the celebration this year and watches as her family does the same. This poignant and emotionally expansive film from Lila Avilés (THE CHAMBERMAID) cements her skill at directing dynamic ensemble performances in her stunning sophomore effort.

“One of the finest movies you’ll see this year. A richly textured, deeply compassionate portrait of a family.” ~ Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

“An exquisite, emotionally overwhelming drama. Avilés pulls you into the action with a depth and force of feeling.” ~ Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

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