Year: 2005
USA: IFC First Take
Cast: Candela Pena, Micaela Nevarez, Mariana Cordero, Llum Barrera, Violeta Perez, Mónica Van Campen, Flora alvarez, Maria Ballesteros, Alejandra Lorente, Luis Callejo, Antonio Duran "Morris", Pere Arquillue, Pepa Aniorte, Alberto Ferreiro, Enrique Villen
Director: Fernando León de Aranoa
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 114 mins
USA Release Date: 1 September 2006 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 23 August 2006 (Limited Release - New York)


Director and screenwriter, Fernando León de Aranoa, gives us a moving and sobering tale of two young prostitutes in Madrid. Caye and Zulema develop a friendship based on their desire for a better life. Initially they meet when Zulema, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, steals one of Caye's customers for a lower fee, but when she finds Zulema badly beaten in her apartment, they quickly learn to support each other.

PRINCESAS explores the consequences and depressing reality of life on the street. While Zulema is selling herself to support her young son back home, Caye hides her profession from her middle class family. Even in their grim circumstances, they sometimes pretend they are princesses to hold onto hope, even though they work in an industry where hope does not exist.