A charming and rich portrait of eccentric matriarch Julita Salmerón and her family. With hilarious and unexpected turns we discover just how Julita got her three childhood wishes: lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle.


Filmmakers: Gustavo Salmerón
Country: Spain
Runtime: 91 mins
Year: 2017
Format: HD

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“There’s something a little bit magic about Julita, something of the fairytale” (Variety). Matriarch Julita’s three childhood wishes have been granted: lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle. But after the financial crisis hits Spain the family loses their castle but not their sense of humour and family unity; and through the wealth of hoarded objects she has accumulated over 81 years, a rich family portrait is revealed.


"A film that overflows with affection, warmth and humor" - Variety

"An offbeat and endlessly amusing look at an off-the-wall family legacy" - POV Magazine


Gustavo Salmerón, actor and director, (Madrid, Spain, 1970) has worked as an actor in over thirty films by internationally renowned directors like Julio Medem, Agustín Villaronga, Manuel Gómez Pereira, J. Luis García Berlanga, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón and Mario Camus, among others.

In 2001 he directed the short film Desaliñada (Salad Days) which won the Spanish Film Academy’s Goya for Best Short Film.

It also won numerous international awards including: Best Short Film at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, Best Short Award (Brest) of Canal+ France.

From 2002-2016 he has been directing the documentary Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle


Director & Producer: Gustavo Salmerón

Written by: Gustavo Salmerón, Raúl de Torres, Beatriz Montañez

Music: Mastretta

Editing: Raúl de Torres, Dani Urdiales

Camera & Sound: Gustavo Salmerón

Sound editing: Pelayo Gutiérrez

Sound mixing: Alberto Ovejero Deluxe Spain

Main character: Julita Salmerón

Cast: García Cabanes Salmerón Family


Karlovy Vary Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film 2017

Spotlight Award - Cinema Eye Honors 2017

Best Documentary - Goya Awards 2018

Best Documentary - Hamptons International Film Festival 2017

  Best Documentary - Platino Awards 2018

Special Jury Mention - Camden International Film Festival 2017

Best Documentary - Fénix Film Awards 2018

Audience Award - Raices Film Festival 2018


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017

Toronto Intenational Film Festival 2017

San Sebastian Film Festival 2017

Hamptons International Film Festival 2017

IDFA 2017

London Film Festival 2017

Sydney Film Festival 2018

Melbourne International Film Festival 2018

San Francisco International Film Festival 2018

Encounters 2018

DocAviv 2018