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Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle

Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo

From actor Gustavo Salmerón comes a documentary portrait of his wickedly funny septuagenarian mother Julia and her gloriously idiosyncratic approach to life.


Dir-Prod Gustavo Salmerón
Scr Gustavo Salmerón, Beatriz Montañez, Raúl de Torres
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Julita Salmerón wanted three things in life: to have lots of children, to own a monkey and to live in a castle. Looking back at her life, this septuagenarian has had six children, owned a monkey and even lived in a proper castle. But then the 2008 economic crisis spirals out of control and Julita is forced to begin to clear out the castle – and everything she hoarded – for less opulent accommodation. Gustavo Salmerón’s feature debut is a wonderfully idiosyncratic portrait of a charismatic mother and her singular approach to life. This impish, funny matriarch, with her treasure trove of anecdotes, wouldn’t look out of place in an Almodóvar feature. Edited from over 400 hours of home video footage shot over 14 years, this laugh out loud film is possessed of warmth, humanity and insight regarding a mother’s dreams, aspirations and philosophy on life.

Maria Delgado

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These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Gustavo Salmerón, Director

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