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Selected – 4th Edition

The rye horn

  • Director: Jaione Camborda
  • Executive producer: Andrea Vázquez
  • Screenwriter: Jaione Camborda
  • Genre: Drama
  • Produced by: Miramemira, Esnatu Zinema, Bando a parte (Portugal)
  • Country: Spain, Portugal

With the support of Agadic, TVG
Project selected at Ikusmira Berriak.


María, a midwife on Illa de Arousa, tends to women giving birth, her sweat and her body accompanying every contraction, every effort and every delivery.

Jaione Camborda

After completing her studies in the Prague Cinema School (FAMU) and the Munich Cinema School (HFF), she moves to Galicia where she becomes renowned for directing experimental pieces like Wild Mane Crop (2017) , Agility (2015), Nimbos (2015) or Lilit (2015), which include important participations in major Film Festivals. Her ópera prima Arima (2019) was chosen to take part in the San Sebastian Film Festival and she won the award for Best Director in the Seville European Film Festival.

Andrea Vázquez

BA in History of Art (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela). Postgraduate Diploma in International Cooperation and Cultural Management (Universitat de Barcelona). Degree in Image & Sound (Escuela de Imagen y Sonido de Vigo). Degree in Filmmaking (Escuela Superior de Artes Cinematográficas de Galicia).

Since 2006 she works as producer and filmmaker at Miramemira, a production company based in Santiago de Compostela that developes lots of audiovisual pieces  of artistic and cultural content.

In 2016 she took the step to the executive production with the film O que arde (Fire Will Come), by Oliver Laxe, which obtained the Jury Price of Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

Currently she is working as executive producer as well as production director in two films: O corno do centeo/The rye horn, by Jaione Camborda, and San Simón, by Miguel A. Delgado.


Isla de Arosa, 1971

María, a stocky woman around 40, helps women during labour and delivery accompanying each contraction with her sweat and her body. Her rough character contrasts with her dedication and tenderness when she helps other women to give life. A large scar crosses her belly and it is a constant reminder of her barrenness.

One morning, after a fatal event, María is obliged to escape from the Illa, becoming a fugitive.

Director’s note

I would like to develop a very physical relation with the bodies and faces. The childbirth scenes should attain an animal like dimension and the physical effort of giving birth should mark the facial features and contract the muscles of the woman.

Maternity, femininity and identity are contextualized in rural Galicia at the beginning of the 1970s. The film breaks away from traditionalism and the delight of period customs and becomes located in an esthetic that at times might be mistaken with the present.

Producer’s note

The effort and the determination that nature brands upon us when engender- ing and giving birth to a creature, the instinct for survival, the search for free- dom, to love, care for, fall down and still carry on …, these are questions that connect us as human beings with our most animalistic and essential realm. All of this has made me want to take part in this new cinematic journey, O Corno do Centeo (The Rye Horn), together with Jaione Camborda.

Jaione and I are from the same city and we belong to the same generation of Galician filmmakers. But furthermore, we share a human and personal dimension in relation to maternity.

Between this personal motivation and our previous cinematic experiences we unite an interesting strength in order to address this story from a more feminine point of view.

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