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Watch: First International Trailer For Julio Medem’s ‘Ma Ma’ Starring Penelope Cruz

Watch: First International Trailer For Julio Medem's 'Ma Ma' Starring Penelope Cruz

Two of Spain’s finest—director Julio Medem (“Sex & Lucia“) and actress Penelope Cruz—are finally combining their powers for the forthcoming “Ma Ma.” All that has been known so far is that it’s a drama centered around a tragedy, but the first international trailer for the picture peels back the layers a bit more.

“It’s one of the most complex, most beautiful characters I’ve ever been offered, the most difficult,” Cruz told Variety earlier this year about her role as Magda. And Medem promises a visually impressive effort, and certainly, this trailer bears that out.

” ‘Ma Ma’ will be a luminous film, with somewhat overexposed and cold images, strong blues, cold reds and golds. The camera will be constantly at Magda’s side, we’ll sense her feelings and sensations, constantly accompany her. It’s a subjective film, beginning with tragedy, but it’s not about tragedy but rather how to react to tragedy, a film that creates a desire to live, to be happy,” he explained. And that sensation is felt throughout this first look. Here’s the official synopsis: 

MA MA is an upcoming Spanish drama written and directed by L.A.-based Spanish director Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia, Room in Rome), co-produced by and starring Penélope Cruz. The film marks Cruz’s first film as a producer, and her first lead role in a Spanish-language film in five years.
Magda (Cruz) is a woman who, facing a tragedy, reacts shining all the life she’s got inside of her, from the imaginable to the unimaginable things. She and her closest live unpredictable humor scenes and delicate happiness.

“Ma Ma” opens in Spain on September 11th. No U.S. dates yet but I won’t be surprised if this lands on the festival circuit somewhere.

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