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‘Alcarràs’, fruitful portrait of the rural world

Carla Simón, after her triumph thanks to Summer 1993invites us in Alcarràs to a motivating reflection on tradition and change, referring both to the family and to the model of agriculture.

When, on February 16, the Barcelona filmmaker of Lleida descent, hence the title and the focus on Alcarràs’s rural life, Simón changed the paradigm of many Catalan (or not) filmmakers who came after her. Making a ‘small’ film does not imply small reflections, especially at a local and individual level.

The Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the famous Berlinale, was a ‘boom’ at different levels. Then the prestigious filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who chaired the jury, spoke of the wonder of combining amateur actors from several generations with photography achieved based on a camera stuck to the ground. With such weapons, Simón pays his affectionate tribute to the struggle of his family and other farmers to be faithful to that land and that crop, for that tiresome and tiresome work of bringing peaches and Paraguayans to the houses. And there is a parallelism between the work of the filmmaker and that of the peasants, her care for things well done and her dedication and effort on a day-to-day basis. An effort that gives excellent results although it does not avoid a hard personal sacrifice.

With the farmers of Segrià as the protagonists, and shot in the area with non-professional actors (including his own family) and the original and specific Catalan accent of the area, the film shows the story of a farming family in a municipality of 9,000 inhabitants, which is forced to leave the land they have been working for years due to the owner’s decision to bet on another business.

«I feel that right now this transition model is less sustainable than before, they have to produce a lot and it doesn’t work for them. It is a problem that these lands are abandoned by these people, because when you have to leave the land as an inheritance you take care of it in one way, but when you are a company, you exploit it and it is very different”, reasons the award-winning filmmaker.

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