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Bushel presents its December Community Film Pick: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Written By Editor on 12/5/22 | 12/5/22

DELHI, NY—Bushel is pleased to present a screening of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios), directed by Pedro Almodóvar and released in 1988. The film will be shown on Friday, December 16, 7 pm (doors at 6:45 pm) at Bushel, 106 Main Street, ground floor. This program is free to attend; seating for 30; mask optional but encouraged. There will be special refreshments inspired by the film: gazpacho (unadulterated) and Spanish tortilla, provided by Iris Cushing who picked the film for the series.

Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown centers on voiceover actress Pepa (Carmen Maura) who is suddenly jilted by her married boyfriend and voiceover co-star Iván (Fernando Guillén). Pepa’s frantic attempts to reach Iván by phone coincide with a madcap series of events unfolding in her high-rise Madrid apartment: Pepa’s best friend Candela (Maria Barranco) goes into hiding, Iván’s son Carlos (Antonio Banderas) shows up unexpectedly, spiked gazpacho is surreptitiously consumed, and Iván’s homicidal wife makes the scene. Almodóvar’s melodramatic heroines are irresistible in their ludic power. The film garnered an Academy Award nomination for Almodóvar (Best Foreign Language Film, 1988).

Bushel thanks Iris Cushing for her film pick! Cushing is a poet who lives in Delaware County. Among her many passions are small-press publishing, radical feminist literature, and pop rock music from the 70s.

Community Film Picks is a once-a-month film night at Bushel taking place on third Fridays at 7 pm. Bushel invites the community to propose films for future screenings. For information please email: Upcoming: Summer of Soul on January 20, 2023, picked by Christina Hunt Wood.

BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to

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