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COSMO premieres Flechas, its fifth short film against gender violence

Flechas on COSMO

Flechas premieres 25th November 2022, on COSMO

COSMO’s firm commitment to eliminating gender violence continues with the production of Flechas (Arrows), a new short film that will premiere today, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This year the film aims to put the spotlight on an alarming development: the increase of gender violence among adolescents.

Young actresses Paula Losada (Dancing on Glass), María Romanillos (Paradise, Queer You Are), Naira Lleó (Hierro, How to Screw It All Up) and María Morera (Libertad, Life Without Sara Amat) star in Flechas. Goya Award winner Ariadna Gil (Belle Époque, Pan's Labyrinth) completes the cast.

Gabrielle (Paula Losada), Emma (Naira Lleó), Leire (María Romanillos) and Zoe (María Morera) are four 17-year-old girls who decide to spend a night of fun, secrets and alcohol in the gymnasium of the boarding school where they study, trying to avoid being discovered by Marga (Ariadna Gil), the strict and disciplined headmistress of the school. Their conversations gradually reveal that the joy and spontaneity typical of their age conceal a terrible secret that will eventually come to light.

COSMO and La Costa present Flechas, a film directed by Imanol Ruiz de Lara from a screenplay by Gonzalo Tejedor Andrés and Ruiz de Lara himself. "Flechas is a story that talks about gender violence in adolescence, an age group that tends to see this as a problem among adults that doesn't affect them when, in fact, it is the age group where violence against women has increased the most in recent years," says Ruiz de Lara. "Also, this story is told through a different perspective because, in reality, it talks about friendship, about the relationships between young girls and how they are going to be a fundamental source of support in these cases of violence," adds the director and co-screenwriter.

COSMO is once again working with the team responsible for 17 minutes with Nora (2021), an award-winning short film on trans rights produced by the channel to support the LGBTIQ+ collective that is a candidate for the 2023 Goya Awards in the category of Best Fiction Short Film. Shot in a stunning single take, this film has already won 22 awards, 5 nominations and has been selected in more than 80 festivals in a dozen countries.

COSMO premieres Flechas, its fifth short film against gender violence, today, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The film will be shown on television at 10:45 pm, and will be available on demand at COSMO ON and on the channel's website and social networks. The four previous titles dedicated to raising awareness of the scourge of domestic violence are Animal (2018), A quien dices amar (2019), Lo de aquella noche (2020) and De menos (2021).

To support this worthy social cause, COSMO is collaborating with the ANAR Foundation (which stands for “Help for At-Risk Children and Adolescents” in Spanish), to raise the profile of their work. This non-profit organization was founded in 1970 and is dedicated to the promotion and defense of the rights of children and adolescents in need in Spain. This foundation has responded to more than 18,500 cases of gender violence against underage victims since 2009, and warns that their assistance has increased tenfold in this period, receiving calls from girls as young as 12.