El Planeta (2021)

  • New Directors/New Films
  • 1h 20m
  • Spain
Available as part of ND/NF All Access Pass

ND/NF has various safeguards in place to protect the rights of creators, including traceable watermarking. Recording or photographing is strictly prohibited.

This film still is available as part of the Virtual All-Access Pass through May 13. Use promo code “SAVE40” when purchasing for 40% off during checkout.

With unforced deadpan humor, writer-director-star Amalia Ulman presents a captivating portrait in miniature of a mother and daughter barely scraping by in Spain’s northwestern seaside town Gijón. Whether shoplifting, trying to get out of paying for an extravagant meal, or weighing the pros and cons of low-key sex work, Leo and María—played by Amalia and her real-life mother, Ale—are constantly transacting deals, large and small, their daily urban life given to a bemused sort of desperation. Coasting on the considerable charms and decades-honed chemistry of its two stars, and shot in evocative, Jarmuschian black and white, El Planeta is a delightful and slyly dark breakthrough for multidisciplinary artist Ulman, whose film reminds us that every day, every gesture in our contemporary world is a performance. A Utopia Release

Closed captioning available for virtual screenings of this film.

To enable closed captions, click on the [CC] button in the bottom right of the player while watching the film.


Amalia Ulman


English, Spanish



Bonus Content

New Directors/New Films 2021 Trailer
El Planeta Q&A

A conversation with film director Amalia Ulman moderated by MOMA film programmer Josh Siegel.

Click for more info