On a day like any other, Chila Huerta wakes up her three children and abandons the house that she shares with her husband. The town is left to wonder what secrets Chila is hiding.

Eleven was an official selection of the 2017 WVN Online Film Festival.

About Sonia Madrid

Following a lengthy career as an actress in cinema, theater, and television, in 2008 Sonia made her first cinematographic foray as scriptwriter and director of the short film, “The Last Will of Don Gervasio or the Puppets of Death,” which was selected in important festivals like Seminci and Medina del Campo, among others. In 2011, she wrote and directed her second short film, “Sol,” starring Ana Fernández and Mar Regueras, which was part of the Official Section at the Malaga Film Festival 2012.

About María Guerra

After a few years dedicated to photography, she began her career in film and television working with great directors who have found in her not only a professional but a woman who loves what she does with unconditional passion.

Director’s Statement

“Once” is a remarkable fable about women’s dignity. It narrates a chapter in the life of Chila Huerta, a woman who decides to leave her husband after suffering an episode of domestic violence. She escapes in search of a better future for her and her children. Chila, however, like so many other women in the world, has to withstand the rumors from gossipmongers, especially other women. She endures isolation and different types of abuse until those women realize how wrong they all were. “Once” is a short film made by women and for women, including Belen Rueda (star of Oscar Award Winning “The Sea Inside”), Mariola Fuentes (Oscar Award Winning “Talk to Her”), and the young and talented Michelle Jenner (“Capture The Flag”). To tackle this difficult issue, we felt we needed a feminine spirit and so built a team of extremely gifted women. We had a very specific vision that required a woman’s touch. We wanted to produce a story that was both moving and thought-provoking. We are aware that we are privileged to be able to share our social concerns through the language of cinema, but we feel the need to speak for all those women around the world who cannot.