A 50-year-old woman is liberated when her elderly brother, who is a priest, passes away, and she is no longer expected to devote her life to him and the church.

Carmen is a charming story, inspired by true events, set in a village in Malta. Carmen has looked after her brother, the priest at the local church, since she was sixteen years old. Now almost fifty, she is suddenly left to start a new life. Facing her past, Carmen brings colour to the lives of the villagers in this compelling story about a woman finding her voice.

"...both a joyful and sad cautionary tale about a woman who lived her life for someone else before discovering her own agency. Carmen is one of those lovely, little films that leaves a big impression."

- Vancouver Sun

Awards and Nominations for CARMEN:

TIFF Industry Selects 2021; Whistler Film Festival 2021 (Winner Best Cinematography in a Borsos Competition film); Canadian Film Fest 2022 (Winner Best Feature).

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Q&A with director Valerie Buhagiar has been cancelled. 

About director Valerie Buhagiar:

Buhagiar began her career as an actress during the Toronto New Wave starring in films like the international hits Roadkill and Highway 61. Her first outing as a writer-director was the short film The Passion of Rita Camilleri that was in competition in Locarno, won a Best Short award at the Chicago International Film Festival and several other international awards. Her two previous features are 2014’s The Anniversary and 2018’s It’s Hard To Be Human have both won several awards and have worldwide distribution. She has been honoured for her work with a retrospective at Karlovy Vary. Carmen is Buhagiar’s 3rd feature film as both screenwriter and director.



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