“MATRIA” Is Realism At Its Best

Where do we derive meaning from? And how can we expand our worlds when we feel suffocated and cast aside? “MATRIA” is a short film that uses brutal realism to deal with these difficult, universal questions.

“Ramona lives with her husband, with whom she barely communicates, and works in a canning factory run by a tyrant manager,” the description explains. “Faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, she tries to take refuge in the relationship that unites her to her daughter and granddaughter.”

With the Short Film Grand Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival, a Goya Nomination, and a Mestre Mateo win under its belt, it’s safe to say that this short film has been a success. With a strong female lead, the film explores the limits we’re willing to endure in our own lives and how we make space for more — how the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

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It’s difficult to make the pedestrian and hackneyed feel so elevated and powerful, but “MATRIA” does it to great success. Taking the pain and the beauty in the smallest moments and writing them large, it speaks to the most basic of needs that we all share.