Screened as part of NZIFF 2021

Rosa's Wedding 2020

La boda de Rosa

Directed by Icíar Bollaín

A tonic for the nerves, Rosa’s Wedding is an uplifting and spirited ode to loving thyself, drenched in the dreamy seaside sunshine of the Costa del Azahar.

Spain In Spanish with English subtitles
99 minutes DCP




Candela Peña
Xavo Giménez
Sergi López
Paloma Vidal


Icíar Bollaín
Alicia Luna


Sergi Gallardo
Beatriz Sastre


Nacho Ruiz Capillas


Vanessa Garde


San Sebastián 2020


Presented in association with

Embassy of Spain

A film brimming with joy, laughter, and a touch of drama, Rosa’s Wedding is the gentle escape to the Spanish seaside we all need. Proving once again they are the golden duo, director Icíar Bollaín (Yuli NZIFF 2019) teases out a heartfelt and genuine performance in lead Candela Peña who plays heroine Rosa, a 40-something costume designer overrun by the outrageous expectations of her job, siblings and life in general. Hitting the nuclear button and starting from scratch, Rosa boldly places herself front and center in a gorgeous, grandiose gesture of self-love. Avoiding smarmy self help tropes, Rosa’s Wedding is a sparkling ray of sunshine. — Kailey Carruthers

“What is Rosa’s Wedding about?... Suffice it to say that the film cries out to one’s own happiness, loving oneself, fighting for one’s dreams, taking control of one’s life, not having unrealistic and self-indulgent expectations of others and throwing damned self-imposed and unnecessary ballast (whether from family life, social life or work) overboard. Above all it is a cry for freedom, but with a healthy dose of humour, rather than intensity and drama.” — Alfonso Rivera, Cineuropa