Special Session


Eduardo Casanova | Spain | 2022 | 84 min.
O.V. in Spanish and Korean subtitled in Spanish

Ángela Molina, Manel Llunell, Macarena Gómez, Ana Polvorosa and María León star in La piedad, Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary. Casanova's second feature film after Pieles, Piety, is just as visually stunning and emotionally disturbing as its predecessor, and tells the story of a toxic mother-son relationship, paralleled by the North Korean dictatorship in a tragicomedy style. Mateo lives with his mother in an unsettling, closed, rosy world, until one day a desire to see his absent father is born in him, upon which he is diagnosed with cancer. Produced by Alex de la Iglesia, Caroline Band with the participation of Maestranza Films.

Direction: Eduardo Casanova
Screenplay: Eduardo Casanova
Cinematography:  Luis Ángel Pérez
Editing: Ángel Pazos
Music: Pedro Onetto
Sound: Mercedes Tennina, Sebastián González, Mar González
Art Direction: Melanie Antón
Cast: Angela Molina, Manue Llunell, Ana Polvorosa
Production: Alex de la Iglesia, Carolina Bang
Production Company: Pokeepsie Films
Distributor: Unai Fernández, Barton Films, S.l.
International Sales: FILM FACTORY

Eduardo Casanova was born in Madrid and began his acting career at the age of twelve before shooting his first short film at 17, Ansiedad, praised at many international festivals. Some other acclaimed short films were La hora del baño, Amor de madre, Jamás me echarás de ti, Fidel and Eat My Shit, the latter earning him an award at the SXSW in Austin. Pieles premiered at the SSIFF, was awarded at several festivals and received three nominations for the Goya Awards. Parallel to his acting career, he is also an advertising director. Piety is Casanova’s second film, which premiered at Karlovy Vary, where it won the Special Jury Prize.