festival program / Knight Marimbas Award



You probably know someone like Rosa – she’s the mainstay, underpaid employee who somehow does the work of four people, slogging away to the save the day for a company that barely knows she exists. Rosa is the one taking care of her aging parent’s daily little needs, because all her siblings are too busy with their own lives. Rosa’s friends and neighbors ask her to do their most inconvenient errands for them, because she’s just too nice to say “no”…

Rosa’s 45th birthday is coming up, and she’s never lived a day for herself. But all that changes when Rosa suddenly elopes and runs off to the small beach town of her childhood, where she is determined to get married to the person she realizes she must learn to love the most: herself. Rosa’s Wedding has a spectacular amount of laughs, as shocked family members and friends slowly adjust to Rosa’s internal transformation, all the while trying to figure out why they are getting destination wedding invitations (especially Rosa’s long-term, clueless boyfriend).

The film will be accompanied by a Q&A with Director Icíar Bollaín, moderated by Miami Film Festival's Lauren Cohen.

Why This Is A GEM:

- Rosa’s winsome determination to appreciate her own beauty, complexity and spirit is a lesson that we can all be freshly reminded of each and every day.

- The glorious Spanish actress Candela Peña – who has twice won acting awards at Miami Film Festival, for Torremolinos 73 in 2004 and Una pistol en cada mano in 2016 – has the greatest role of her career in Rosa, and she infuses Rosa with the essence of a truth so personal that it will resonate with you long after the movie has ended.

- Rosa’s Wedding is directed by the veteran, very talented filmmaker Icíar Bollaín, who told Cineuropa: “There are many Rosas in our midst, and we’re all a bit like her… Learning to know what one wants and refusing to give up on it is a tough test to overcome, and sometimes we never achieve it our entire lives. But Rosa is determined to pull it off.”

- The screenplay is co-written by Alicia Luna, who also told Cineuropa: “La boda de Rosa is connected to our life-changing decisions: because you hit an age at which you realize there are a lot of dreams that you haven’t been able to make come true, because you’ve been exposed to what other people decide you will do."

This screening is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by ViendoMovies availble with Xfinity, FlixLatino, Alacran Group, and Oolite Arts.

Event Dates

October 8, 2020 to October 11, 2020 ET

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Director Bio

Icíar Bollaín is from Madrid, Spain. She began her career as an actress and later began writing and directing her own films. She has won more than 50 international awards for her work, including Spain’s Academy Award for Best Director. Many of her previous films have played at Miami Film Festival, including Take My Eyes in 2004, The Olive Tree in 2016 (when she was feted with a Marquee Tribute) and Yuli in 2019. Her latest film, Rosa’s Wedding, had its world premiere as the Opening Night Film of the Malaga Film Festival in August 2020.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Icíar Bollaín
  • Producer(s)
    Lina Badenes GarcÍa, Fernanda Del Nido, Cristina Zumárraga
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Icíar Bollaín, Alicia Luna
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Sergi Gallardo, Beatriz Sastre
  • Editor(s)
    Nacho Ruiz Capillas
  • Composer
    Vanessa Garde
  • Cast
    Candela Peña, Sergi López, Nathalie Poza, Ramón Barea

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    La boda de Rosa
  • Country
  • Run-Time
  • Language
    Spanish, Valencian/Catalan
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