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Directed by: Valerie Buhagiar

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Valerie Buhagiar

Valerie Buhagiar

Carmen (Natascha McElhone) finds, at 50, a surprising new life through the oddest circumstances in this sun-drenched, ’80s-set magical realist tale. In her small Maltese village, Carmen has looked after her brother, the local priest, for her entire life. Unmarried and alone, her cloistered life is shattered when her brother dies. The church abandons Carmen, casting her out of the official residence where she served her brother, but some in the village believe that she is to become the new priest. Through a series of whimsical events where she takes on a pseudo-priestly role, Carmen begins to see the world, and herself, in a new light. Carmen is a delightful, hopeful film that demonstrates it’s never too late for reinvention.

Cast: Natascha McElhone, Michela Farrugia, Steven Love

maltese, english
87 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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