Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle (Gustavo Salmerón / Spain / 2017 / 88 min)
This is the story about Julita, a matriarch whose three childhood wishes have been granted: lots of kids, a monkey, and a Spanish castle.
At her 81 years old, one of her children needs to find the vertebra of his murdered great-grandmother, lost among the exorbitant amount of weird objects she has hoarded throughout her life, revealing a very picturesque family history.
This unique old lady is about to find the meaning of life.
About the Director
Gustavo Salmerón (b. 1970, Madrid), actor and director, studied acting in Madrid, New York City, and Havana. In these three locations he later worked in theater and film. He has taken on more than 30 movie roles and has been directed by the likes of Julio Medem, Agustín Villaronga, Manuel Gómez Pereira, J. Luis García Berlanga, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, and Mario Camus. In 2001 he directed Salad Days (Desaliñada), which took a Goya Award® for Best Short Film, as well as awards at the IFFs in Los Angeles and Chicago, and the Canal+ France Best Short. In 2002 Salmerón began filming his feature-length documentary debut about his family, Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle, wrapping it up 15 years later.
Spanish Cinema Days is curated by Marta Sánchez, Director, PRAGDA, and Laura Turégano, Associate Director, KJCC.
Produced by KJCC and PRAGDA.
Free and open to the public.
All films have English subtitles.