Spanish director Jonás Trueba’s The August Virgin (La virgen de agosto) will make its virtual cinema release (US & Cadnda) on Friday August 21st.
Eva (played by the film’s co-writer, the luminescent Itsaso Arana) is about to turn 33. Her decision to stay in Madrid in the sweltering month of August, when most of the city’s inhabitants flee, is something of a leap of faith—search to find herself and a new life.
The neighborhoods around her are bursting with traditional Saint’s Days festivities, where she encounters a series of old friends and lovers, and meets new ones: A former boyfriend who still pines for her, a young mother who Eva’s lost touch with, a sexy Welsh singer of anti-fascist songs, a Reiki therapist who aligns her female energies, and a new possible love interest, are just a few of the characters that fill her month of revelations, regrets and discoveries.
The August Virgin is a film diary of one young woman’s dreamy, sensual summer story of coming-of-age, in the vivid Madrid streets, filled with music, art, dancing and good conversation. Featuring music by, and an appearance by well-known Spanish singer Soleá Morente.
Jonás Trueba has made three previous features and was nominated for a Goya Award (the Spanish “Oscars”) for Best New Director. He comes from a renowned Spanish filmmaking family, including his Oscar-winning father, director Fernando Trueba, and his uncle David Trueba.
The August Virgin is his first feature to be released theatrically in the U.S. Available starting August 21 on Virtual Cinema through theaters in the U.S. and Canada, in partnership with Strand Releasing. (During this COVID-19 period of ongoing theater closures, Outsider Pictures continues to offer online virtual screening rooms created specifically for audiences, with a virtual ticket price of $12 on premiere theatrical releases, and a 50-50 box office split with theaters.) The film will also be released in cinemas, as they reopen.
The August Virgin Official Trailer
FRIPRESCI Prize, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Nominee, Premios Feroz (Spain’s “Golden Globes”)
Selection of Mar del Plata Film Festival
Valladolid International Film Festival
About the filmmaker
Born in 1981 in Madrid, Spain, Jonás Trueba has written and directed the feature films: Todas las canciones hablan de mí (2010), nominated for a Goya award for Best New Director; The Wishful Thinkers (Los ilusos, 2013), which won awards and praise from critics and audiences after its international festival tour; The Romantic Exiles (Los exiliados románticos, 2015) won the Special Jury Award at the Málaga festival; and The Reconquest (La reconquista, 2016), part of the Official Selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and awarded the 2016 Ojo Crítico prize from Spanish Radio RNE. He is also the author of the medium-length film Miniaturas (2011) and co-wrote the feature films Más pena que Gloria (2000) and Vete de mí (2005), both directed by Víctor García León, and El baile de la victoria (2009), directed by Fernando Trueba and nominated for a Goya award for Best Adapted Screenplay.