Directed by Álvaro Gago
Spain | 100 min | 2023 | Drama | Galician

Ramona’s life in a Galician fishing village is a constant hustle. Always sacrificing everything for her daughter’s future, she will be pushed to look inwards and to think that, maybe, there is something new to live for.


Director: Álvaro Gago
Screenplay: Álvaro Gago
Cinematography: Lucía C. Pan
Editing: Ricardo Saraiva
Production Design: Melania Freire
Costume Design: 
Uxía Vaello
Sound on set: Xavier Souto
Sound design: 
Diego Staub

Production Companies: Matriuska Producciones, Avalon P.C.,  Elastica Films, Ringo Media

Cast: María Vazquez, Santi Prego, Soraya Luaces, E.R. Cunha “Tatán”, Susana Sampedro

With financial support of:
ICAA, AGADIC, CRTVG, Movistar+, Diputación de Pontevedra, The Screen

  • Álvaro Gago
    Álvaro Gago

Festivals & Awards:

  • Premiere – Berlinale Panorama 2023
  • Spanish premiere – Festival de Malaga (Winner – Best Actress)

press quotes

“Now here comes another film where anxiety drips from every frame straight onto your lap. A movie where watching a normal woman simply trying to make ends meet quickens your pulse.”

“Matria doesn’t ignore the problems, but still finds some warmth in the nooks and crannies. It’s a welcome take on social cinema, one that doesn’t just destroy the viewers.”


“Sundance connection and the script’s profoundly empathetic portrayal of a woman who it refuses to pitch as a mere victim seems likely to ensure further festival play.”

“Anyone looking for a plucky, against-the odds storyline told through the eyes of a victim of injustice has come to the wrong place.”


Álvaro Gago

Álvaro Gago was selected by Variety in 2019 as a Spanish talent to track and as a Star of Tomorrow by Screen International in 2021.
In 2017 he directed a short film “Matria”, which was a 2019 Goya nominee and received the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. His follow up short film, “16 de decembro”, premiered at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival and was also a Goya nominee in 2021.
He is currently working on his debut film “Matria” (titled like the short) which was part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and has been developed at the TIFF Academy, La Incubadora or the MFI Script Lab.

Selected Filmography

2022, MATRIA (long feature)
2019, 16 DE DECEMBRO
2017, MATRIA (Short Film)