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Institute of Contemporary Arts
Mighty Flash (Destello bravío), dir. Ainhoa Rodríguez, Spain 2021, 95 min, Spanish with English subtitles

In the small, largely abandoned town of Puebla de la Reina in Extremadura, a group of women in their 50s and 60s speak about their lived experiences. ‘I’m fucking sick of this girdle’ one states early on, setting up a tension between expectations and desire that haunts the fabric of this imaginative film. The fixed camera studies their faces; their faith emerges as they visit the church or spend time in small groups where class is a factor. Some are defined by their position in relation to the men in their lives, present or absent – a widow, a wife, a daughter. 

Time spent with these women offers a compelling insight into a world where things are rarely what they seem with a sense of intimacy captured by Rodríguez’s incisive approach. This may be a town that time forgot but Mighty Flash captures a strong sense of place, a telling frustration and a sense of anticipation – waiting perhaps for a Godot that will never come. An audacious, ambitious film unafraid to take the viewer on a journey through the emotional lives of these remarkable women. 

This London premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Ainhoa Rodríguez and co-producer Luis Miñarro.
06:20 pm
Sat, 09 Apr 2022
Cinema 1
£13 Full, £11 Concessions, £5.50 Green/Blue Members

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