The Communion of My Cousin Andrea

(A comuñón da miña prima Andrea)
Brandán Cerviño | Documentary

2021 | 13 minutes | Spain

Andrea's first communion lacks in glamour. For Andrea, things without sparkles are not things. The only problem is: Does this God exist?


When Andrea looks back on her Catholic First Communion in her homeland of Spain, she thinks it wasn’t glamorous enough. Her big day lacked sparkle—and flowers, and stacks of money, and a Ferrari. A year after her Communion, she and her cousin, filmmaker Brandán Cerviño, look at photos and films of the event and talk about what could have made that special day even more special. Their conversations raise serious and meaningful questions about life in general, and faith in particular. Does God actually exist? Andrea has her doubts.

Creative editing and playful special effects bring Andrea’s First Communion to life in this short documentary. The Communion of My Cousin Andrea is an original and breezy portrait of a young girl who’s growing up and thinking her own thoughts—and she no longer necessarily believes what she’s been told. It’s a personal story that tackles the universal themes of clashing generations, dealing with traditions, and growing up surrounded by social media.

Main credits

Cerviño Abeledo, Brandán (film director)
Cerviño Abeledo, Brandán (screenwriter)
Zimmermann, Sabrina (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography and editing, Brandán Cerviño Abeledo; music, Boyanka Kostova.

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AFI DOCS Documentary Film Festival - Special Jury Prize; Visions du Réel - Prize – Short Film; Málaga Film Festival- Special Jury Mention; Kortfilmfestivalen - Norwegian Short Film Festival - Honorable Mention; FRONTDOC-International Documentary Festival - Best Short Film; Aguilar del Campo Shorts Film Festival - Best Edition, Senior Jury Award; MECAL Barcelona International Shorts Film Festival - Second Prize for Best Documentary; Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People - Special Mention; Palm Springs International ShortFest; IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam; Salem Film Fest

DIRECTOR: Brandán Cerviño


YEAR: 2021

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Galician; Other languages

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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