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The Rye Horn

Directed by Jaione Camborda
Spain, Portugal, Belgium
105 minutes
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A rural Galician midwife flees after an illegal abortion goes awry in this elemental, visually ravishing exploration of bodies, motherhood and female solidarity. Winner, Best Film at San Sebastián.
In 1970s rural Galicia, the beauty of the golden rye fields belies a hidden desperation. Removed from modern medicine and steeped in strict social mores, the women of an isolated fishing village give birth in extreme agony. Some are compelled to pluck a fungus from the swaying rye for use in infusions that induce abortions. Midwife María spends her time helping mothers-to-be, even as it draws suspicion from the community. When disaster strikes, María must escape to Portugal via an old smugglers’ route, dependent on the kindness of other women. Director Jaione Camborda’s unsparing but vividly immersive film won the top prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
A powerful and intimate drama that revolves around motherhood and women’s right to decide on matters regarding their body and their destiny
Cristóbal Soage, Cineuropa
From the mussel pickers to potato digging, the salty sea to the river that marks a boundary between Franco’s Guardia Civil and Caetano’s Portugal, it’s a beautiful film
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
Program Strand
Original Title
Spain, Portugal, Belgium
In Spanish, Galician and Portuguese with English subtitles
Jaione Camborda
Jaione Camborda, Andrea Vázquez, María Zamora
Janet Novás, Carla Rivas, Siobhan Fernandes
Jaione Camborda
Rui Poças
Cristobal Fernández
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, Focus on Women, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Films Boutique
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