Creative documentary, 53’.
Script/directing: Tomas Tamosaitis.
Camera: Laisvunas Karvelis, Marta Javierre
Editing: Tomas Tamosaitis, Neus Ballus
Composer: Jonas Jurkunas
Animation: Rasa Joni
Era Film (Lithuania), co-production with Evohe Films (Spain) and Televisio de Catalunya (Spain), in association with ZDF/Arte (Germany/France) and YLE (Finland).
First prize in the category for documentary over 40min (TRANSYT, Poland)
Grand Prix of the 10th International Film Festival (Lublin, Poland)
Nominated for the "Silver Crane" as the best documentary of the year (Lithuania)
Spanish for Adults takes a warm and serene look at a Spanish language class for adult immigrants in
the Spanish heartlands. A tiny classroom is a meeting point and a shelter for those who have come
to Spain driven by the "European dream" to start a new life. Brought together by fate, these
immigrants share disillusionment, alienation and yearn for a return home.
But they haven’t counted on their extraordinary language teacher Maria Antonia. Hiding a sadness
of her own, Maria is on the surface playful, engaged and determined, though she does not speak any
other language except her mother tongue Spanish, to excite her students with whatever it takes to
break through their own dark stories. 48 year-old Maria Antonia gets her inspiration from her
dreams. She is devoted to her life dream of becoming an actress. It seems sometimes that the
classroom transforms to the stage, with Antonia as a leading actress on it.
Fiction and reality touch one another in her small, hermetically sealed classroom, a place where
Maria is the star and her students the audience.
Visually playful with distinctive animation and melodramatic theatre sequences, full of giant, quiet
tragedies, Spanish for Adults leaves a poetic and lasting impression. That life will always throw
adversity our way - it is not a case of trying to avoid it, but rather how we live our lives through it
and after it.