The Rite of Spring is a taboo-breaking yet intimate and delicate study of the burgeoning relationship between a Christian woman and a young man with cerebral palsy. Laura (Valeria Sorolla) has just arrived in Madrid to study a degree in chemistry. She finds herself alone, almost penniless and struggling with her insecurities. One night, by chance, she meets David (Telmo Irureta), a young man with cerebral palsy. A relationship of mutual trust forms between the pair and Laura learns to overcome her own personal insecurities and narrow views on sexuality.
The screening will be preceded by an introduction by Marian A. Aréchaga and the leading actor Valèria Sorolla.
Valèria Sorolla is a Spanish actress, singer and performer born in Barcelona. Known for her role as lead actress in the film "La consagración de la primavera", directed by Fernando Franco. She's also starred on different TV series such as "Mòpies" and "Moebius". As a performer she has also worked in several theatre plays such as 'Karaoke Elusia', "El despertar de la primavera" and "Ware reinforced".
Mrs Marian A. Aréchaga is a Lecturer in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies department where she teaches Spanish language courses at all levels. She was responsible of the development of all the Languages courses for Spanish 1st and 2nd Year, as well as Foundation courses, following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In addition, she has introduced a variety of cultural activities such as; organising workshops and conferences to promote Spanish Culture as well as academic courses. For several years she has directed the annual Spanish play, the most important cultural event in the department that staff and students undertake together.
Along with this, she has coordinated a Spanish film course for first year students, offering them more varied forms on learning how Spanish society has changed since 1960. Her most recent project was launching the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival (ESFF), curating the films and offering an educational programme for schools around Scotland, the III edition of the festival has also expanded to Glasgow and Stirling. Through the festival, Marian has collaborated with a number of associations including Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, Dance Base, Food and drink Scotland and Slow food Scotland. This June, Marian will be cooperating with the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The aim is to now create further connections between Scotland and Spain in preparation for the X edition for October 2023.