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Five Little Wolves, Dismantling Myths About Motherhood

Alauda Ruiz de Azúa was a mother five years ago and almost from the first moment she knew that this was not the rose-colored experience that women have always been sold to.

He was immersed in a whirlwind of emotions full of beautiful and wonderful things, but also other painful things (tiredness, having to rebuild oneself, the feeling of not reaching everything and doing it wrong) so he began to write his impressions in a kind Of diary. That was the germ of ‘Cinco lobitos’, his feature debut in the feature film whose filming is about to end in Vizcaya.

“My first year of motherhood was very special in many ways, it was full of ups and downs and contradictory feelings,” says the director during a lunch break. “But one of the things that surprised me the most was to begin to see my mother in a different way and to understand many things that until now had eluded me. And that radically changed my relationship with her.

In ‘Cinco lobitos’, a young woman, Amaia, has just had a child and realizes that she does not know very well how to take care of him, especially when she is left alone because her partner has to be absent to work. It will be then that he decides to visit his mother and their relationship intensifies in ways he did not expect.

“ I think there is a brutal gap between our mothers and the people of my generation . They had children long before us, on many occasions they could not develop professionally and were linked to the domestic space. Now we are at a time when the debate on work-life balance is key, trying to fit in our time parenting with work without anyone being harmed, “he continues.

Three women producers
For this very personal journey, Ruiz de Azúa has chosen two actresses who will add layers of depth to their characters, but at the same time, a lot of truth: Laia Costa and Susi Sánchez.

“Laia Costa fascinates me, she has a brutal naturalness, and at the same time some very interesting interpretive flexions. As for the character of Susi, she was ideal so that she did not fall into clichés, because she is supposed to represent a more traditional mother model, but Susi gives her an unexpected complexity ”.

In the production of ‘Cinco lobitos’ we find three women producers: Nahikari Ipiña (‘Colossal’), Sandra Hermida (‘The impossible’) and Marisa Fernández Armenteros (‘The mole agent’). The filming has taken place over five weeks for the most part in the Basque Country and also includes Ramón Barea and Mikel Bustamante in its cast.

Alauda Ruiz de Azúa has been working in advertising for years and has made short films such as ‘Private classes’, ‘What is important’, ‘They say’, ‘Nena’ or ‘No me da la vida: Malamente’, all produced by Manuel Calvo , which also has been present in this project that participated in the second edition of the ECAM Incubator.

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