Food & Shelter

(Techo y comida)

Part of the Spanish Film Festival 2017, presented by the Embassy of Spain!

Poster for the Spanish drama Food & Shelter (Techo y comida)Food And Shelter (Techo y Comida) is the first feature from Juan Miguel del Castillo, set against the backdrop of the social and economic decline of contemporary Spain. Reminiscent of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, the film follows a few weeks in the life of Rocío, a young, single mother of an eight-year-old son. Rocío has been out of work for over three years, is months behind in her rent, and is living on odd jobs, garbage-picking and the generosity of her neighbour.

Natalia de Molina shines as Rocío, her performance winning her both the Goya for Best Actress and the Malagá Audience Prize. She will surely become one of the greats of Spanish cinema. Veteran actor Mariana Cordero is wonderful as María, the generous neighbour, and young Jaime López makes his extraordinary debut as Rocío’s son, Adrián. Adding to the stark realism is Castillo’s choice not to use any music, except at the end, and his use of a neutral, but not bleak, art direction. Spanish cinema is in good hands.

– Tracey Korsten,

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