The First Woman

NEW DOCS

Doe-eyed and quick to smile, fortysomething Eva longs for a sense of normalcy—her own place, a job, a boyfriend. As she explains it to her therapist, doctor, and case agent, she simply wants to be a “normal person” just like them. A couple of years into her second stay at the same psychiatric hospital and recently approved for a step-down residency, Eva must wait for an open spot before she can regain her freedom and restart her life. During this time, we get to know Eva through her conversations with other patients and even more so through her actions and how she occupies space—dragging a chair to sit by the hospital’s entry gate every morning, dancing and singing loudly in an empty waiting room, proudly presenting pottery she’s crafted in therapy class. Crisply and precisely shot, the film beautifully underscores the range of emotions and desires fueling one woman’s passage from painful past to the precipice of hope.  WFM

 

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Director

Miguel Eek

Producers

Miguel Eek, Marta Castells, Virginia Galán

Executive Producers

Miguel Eek, Nacho Tejedor Delegate

Editor

Aina Calleja Cortés

Cinematographer

Jordi Carrasco

Release Year

2020

Festival Year

2021

Country

Spain

Run Time

77 minutes

Subtitled

Yes

Premiere

US Premiere