Teenager Leo, apparently suffering from a case of dissociative amnesia after a psychological shock, is identified in a French delinquency centre as Gabriel, Ana’s long-lost son. Set in a small Catalan village on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, during an atmospherically dark and snowy winter, the film effectively plays with character perspectives and shifting sympathies to keep you guessing until the end when the final layer of mystery is peeled away. With carefully nuanced performances from the central roles, including Almodóvar actress Suárez as Ana, this is an intriguing and original drama.
UK Premiere/ La Propera pell
Directed by Isaki Lacuesta & Isa Campo