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Opening Screening: CREATURA + Q&A with Marta Cruañas – The Cameo, Edinburgh

21 March 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Cameo, Edinburgh

CREATURA, the female sexual awakening in cinema: a story of taboo, fear and incomprehension

Director: Elena Martín

  • Language: Catalan with English subtitles. 
  • Cast: Elena Martín Gimeno, Oriol Pla, Alex Brendemühl, Clara Segura, Clàudia Dalmau
  • Awards and nominations: Directors’ Fortnight selection at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Best Film Gaudi Awards.
  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 110 minutes

Screening + Q&A with Marta Cruañas (producer of the film)

Where: Cameo cinema(38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ)
When: Thursday 21 March, event starts at 19:30


One of the most-talked film phenomena of the year, CREATURA has opened a long neglected debate around female desire, taboo, family and partner’ companionship. Winner of the prestigious Europa Cinemas Award in the last Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight, Elena Martín Gimeno takes us to the Costa Brava region to follow the sexual awakening journey of Mila, the protagonist of the film, through three different ages.

A film that is told through time, as much as through sound and images textures, a powerful, brave, tremendously physical and sensorial film where Martín Gimeno herself puts her own body at the front to play adult Mila. Creatua is not so much about the things that we see, as much as those things we never dared to speak but we all felt in our own skin. Understandably so, the release of the film in Spanish cinemas opened up a huge cultural debate around desire and sexuality. Creatura is one of those films that guarantees post screenings conversations where the “I felt that too, but never knew how to express it” and the “I never thought you felt that way” will come out.


Martin Gimeno gives us a sketchbook of images, sounds and details that connect her film with feminist references that span from Vivian Gornick to Catalan pioneer writer Catarina Albert (who signed under the male nickname Víctor Català).


Elena Martín (Director)

Saddling between theater and cinema, Elena Martin is an actress, screenwriter and director from Barcelona.

Elena Martín. Director of Creatura

Her debut as a director for which she also took the leading role, JULIA IST (Warsaw IFF, Silver Biznaga for Best Film and Best Director Malaga IFF). As an actress, she starred in WATERMELON JUICE (Goya Award for Best Film), FACING THE WIND (Berlinale Forum) or AGATHA’S FRIENDS (D’A FF). On TV, she was in the writer’s room of VENENO (HBO), directed two episodes of PERFECT LIFE (HBO) and created an episode of EN CASA (HBO). Her second feature CREATURA will premiere at Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight.

Marta Cruañas Compés (Producer) 

Marta Cruañas Compés is a film producer working between Barcelona and North America.

Marta Cruañas Compés. Film Producer.

Marta Cruañas is a producer based in Barcelona who works at CANADA and collaborates with Vilaüt Films. Cruañas produced Creatura by Elena Martín that received the Europa Cinemas Label Award for Best European Film at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Júlia Ist by Elena Martín that played in Warsaw IFF 2017 and shorts that premiered in festivals such as Cannes, Palm Springs or Les Arcs. Cruañas holds a MFA in Creative Producing from Columbia University and is a Berlinale Talents alumni 2022.