Written and Directed by Peter Domankiewicz
Peter Domankiewicz, Angela Boix, Daniel Albaladejo
with Pilar Bastardes, Carlos Pontini, Nur Aiza, Xavi Lapuente, Jorge Berges Sabada, Agnes Kiraly
Running Time 110 min
Over age 12 only
English with Spanish subtitles
If you ever fell for someone from another country, if you ever taught English or had to learn it, or if you just love Madrid – this film is your film.
Filmed entirely on location in Madrid, TEA & SANGRIA reveals the true heartbeat of a city beyond the obvious tourist haunts.
TEA & SANGRIA
“A love letter to Madrid” is the apt description El País gave to TEA & SANGRIA. David comes to Madrid from London to live with his Spanish girlfriend, but it doesn’t last. Now he has to make his own way in a foreign land and must learn to live and love again – the Spanish way. Along the way he becomes – rather disastrously – an English teacher and fully immerses himself in the madrileño world.
After success in the UK and France, TEA & SANGRIA is coming home to Madrid, accompanied by its director-star Peter Domankiewicz.
David, a love-struck Englishman, arrives in Madrid having abandoned everything back home, to live with his Spanish girlfriend Marisa. But, instead of ‘Happily Ever After’, their relationship soon sours and David finds himself stranded in a foreign city where he barely speaks the language, has no job and nowhere to live.
Instead of quietly escaping back home, nursing his broken heart, he decides to immerse himself in this new culture and is forced to come to terms with what life in Spain is really like when the “honeymoon” is over.
With the help of some lively locals David begins to come to grips with the clashes between the English and Spanish cultures as well as a disastrous career change to become an English teacher.
Life in Madrid takes its fair share of outrageous and bizarre turns as he begins to discover that, in order to love a Spanish woman, you first have to learn to love Spain. And that can get very complicated. . .
Written, produced and directed by Peter Domankiewicz (who also stars as David) TEA & SANGRIA is inspired by his own experiences of moving to the Spanish capital. The end result – shaped with the help of the Goya-winning editor of Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others, Nacho Ruiz Capillas – is a charming and funny alternative romantic comedy that reveals what can sometimes happen when real life interferes with real love.
I was delighted when El País described the film as “a love letter to Madrid” because that was precisely the thought I had in my head as I began to write; that I wanted to create a love letter to this city and its people to express my feelings about them. For me, the city is the most important character in the film.
Although the film has had cinema screenings in the UK and France, the current state of film exhibition in Spain means that it has been very difficult indeed to get it seen here. So I’m incredibly glad to be finally able to bring it home to Madrid.
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