La casa de mi abuela

La casa de mi abuela
79 min | Spain | 2005

My grandmother’s house looks into the peculiar relationship between Marina, an impulsive and irreverent 6-year old girl, and Marita, her 75-year old grandmother. The old-fashioned upbringing imposed by the grandmother leads the girl to rebellion, not only against her but against everyone else. The life and customs of the family evolve over the years, uncovering emotions and conflicts.

Original format: 
DV. Color
Spanish and Valencian

Adán Aliaga
Juan Sánchez “Cuti”
Nacho Ruiz Capillas y Miguel Garví
Elena Vallejo, Juanjo Jiménez, Xose Zapata y Adán Aliaga


Joris Ivens Award (IDFA, Amsterdam)
Special Jury Mention (Hot Docs, Toronto)
Silver Images Generations Award (Chicago Film Festival)
Mejor documental (Documenta Madrid)
Best Documentary (Belgrade International Film Festival)
Mención Especial del Jurado (Punto de Vista, Navarra)
Special Jury Mention (Miami International Film Festival)

Text on the film

My grandmother’s house is the result of a long process of observation of the daily reality that surrounds me, of those small details that pass unnoticed while we plunge into the whirl of modern life.

During this 5 last years, I filmed my grandmother doing all the daily activities that can do a woman of 75 years living in a small village.

With a vigorous authenticity, the film investigating in the life and customs of a village of Alicante: San Vicante del Raspeig. The entire film is driven by a thin argumentative thread maintained by the innocent look of a girl and the lonely life of her grandmother who watches how the house where she has lived all her life, is being knocked down to give way to modernity. Two worlds, two ways of life. The old and the new that fight to live together in an utopian harmony.

But the most important in this project is the anthropological treatment that undergoes the profound portrait of those lives of a small group of real persons, with real problems. An honest portrait, of a form of life that is about to disappear. The Camera goes deep into the life of characters with big humanity that carries us from the absolute drama to the most biting comedy, though with an esthetic processing that exposes the most evocative side, en search for the poetry of the daily life.

The film is 40 % in Valencian. A mix of Valencian and Spanish as spoken in real life by the protagonists.

A portrait without mysteries, with different aspects of society, religion, education… Education maintained by traditional references of a generation that is about to disappear. The big importance that the church has in their lives, and how all turns around some believes that wear away as time passes by.

Definitively in this film, I wanted to treat with death, the disappearing of a form of life, of customs that will remain painted as a testimony for the memory.

Adán Aliaga.

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