Taram Tarambola is the story of Émilie and Anna, two sisters, nine and six years old, that wait in a bar for their father to pick them up. Time passes by and their father doesn’t arrive. The wait becomes long, while the usual clients of the bar come and go. Anna, in the meantime, escapes into an imaginary world. A bored Émilie decides to join in the game, participating in her sister’s universe where a small dose of magical potion and a lot of conviction can make anything change. When their father arrives, it’s already dark. After getting home, a small incident will convince both girls it’s time to use their potion and pronounce the magical words: “Taram Tarambola”.

Tram-Tarambola (María Castillejo, 2014)

María Castillejo Carmen is a Spanish director that moved to Brussels in 2006. She dropped her studies in Law in her home town of Valencia to start studying Filmmaking at INRACI. Regarding this medium-length film, she comments: “What I intended to focus on was the pain of two little girls and the recourses they have to endure it. I would like the spectator to perceive that these sisters aren’t going through an easy situation for people their age. But I would also like them to admire the way they handle life. I would like to tell a tough story, but a story that includes touches of softness, the ones which allow life to be less heavy”.

Taram Tarambola has been selected by more than twenty international film festivals and has received several prizes and awards, such as the Public’s Choice Award at Nikon Film Festival in Belgium, 2011.

Taram Tarambola is part of the Official Selection of the 7th edition of the International Medium-Length Film Festival La Cabina that takes place from the 6th to the 16th of November in the Filmoteca de Valencia.

TARAM TARAMBOLA | María Castillejo · Drama · Belgium · 2014 · 30 min