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by Giovanna Ribes


Valia is a young woman used to observe the others as part of her work and so, reality for her is becoming a canvas where characters live out a kind of life. She records the same shot with a small video camera: the street in front of her apartment where there is a restaurant. Some days later, she meets Guido, the owner of the Italian restaurant. Guido is her antithesis, perfectly adapted to daily life and conscious of his own social dimension. Valia, on the other hand, lives in this two-dimensional world, separated from what is actually happening and what she observes. Valia’s life changes when she discovers a small lump on her breast and she is diagnosed she is suffering from a breast cancer. With Guido, Valia recovers her otherness while facing her end.

international title: A Soft Scent of Cinnamon
original title: Un suave olor a canela
country: Spain
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Giovanna Ribes
film run: 94'
release date: ES 18/11/2014
cast: Mireia Pérez, Paulo Pires, Juan Mandli, Lola Moltó, Rosana Pastor, Ariel Castro, Sergio Villanueva, Abdelatif Hwidar
cinematography by: Gabriel Guerra
film editing: Vicente Ibáñez, Sagrario Perpiñan
art director: Carlos Ramón Almenar
costumes designer: Patricia Guerrero, Cristina Martín
music: Jesús Salvador, Frances Ribes Renshaw
producer: Giovanna Ribes
production: Tarannà Films, Institut Valenciã de Cinematografia (IVAC)
backing: ICAA, IVAC, RTVV, Estudios Ciudad de la Luz


main awards/selection

Cairo International Film Festival 2013

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