The feature from Spanish director Benito Zambrano, Solas
is the story of Maria, a beautiful but hardened woman who lives an aimless life of petty crime and loneliness in an unnamed city in southern Spain. In Zambreno's spin on the old love-and-redemption theme, Maria's mother shows up to live with her when Maria's authoritarian father is hospitalized. The film examines the generational differences between mother and daughter as they deal with the poverty and loneliness they encounter in the city, with the mother trying to overcome her daughter's emotional isolation and bitterness with love and selfless devotion. Solas
was nominated for 11 Goya awards (Spain's equivalent of the Oscar) and won the Audience Award at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival. See "Opening Friday" for theaters and times.