OCTAVIA

2002

Cast: Miguel Ángel Solá, Antonia San Juan, Margarita Lozano, Menh-Wai Trin, Paul Naschy
Director: Basilio Martín Patino
Producer: La Linterna Magica, SL (Spain)
Screenplay:
Basilio Martín Patino
Photography:
Basilio Martín Patino
Running time: ca 130 min.

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Summary: Rodrigo Maldonado (Miguel Ángel Solá) returns to his home city Salamanca for an international conference after four decades of absence. While Rodrigo may have attempted to put his past life behind him, the memory of his now deceased wayward mother and his rebellious half-brother, the ominously absent David, return to haunt him. In a city still dominated by the weight of tradition represented by its famous university, Rodrigo also watches the past and present collide through the relationships that he forges with his illegitimate daughter Manuela (All About My Mother’s Antonia San Juan) and rebellious granddaughter, the enigmatic and beautiful Octavia (Blanca Oteyza), an outsider in the insular city (represented by family matriarch Dońa’s coterie of conservative friends). Veteran director Basilio Martín Patino’s return to feature film-making is a poetic, assured contemplation of the pain of returning somewhere you never really left. Ravishingly shot by José Luis López Linares, Octavia presents a tangled web of family liaisons, disagreements and betrayals set against the larger events of Spanish, Eastern European and Columbian history. Miguel Ángel Solá, Margarita Lozano and a magnificent Antonia San Juan head a distinguished cast who play out a richly intertextual tale where rebellion and self-destruction always threaten to become ominously interchangeable. Maria Delgado

Summary courtesy Regus London Film Festival