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La plaga

The Plague

Neus Ballús
E, 2013
Fiction, 85min, OmeU

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La plaga

Neus Ballús
E, 2013
Fiction, 85min, OmeU

Cast: 
Raül Molist
Raül
Maria Ros
Maria
Rosemarie Abella
Rosemarie
Iurie Timbur
Iurie
Maribel Martí
Maribel
Screenplay: 
Neus Ballús
Sound: 
Pau Subirós
Camera: 
Diego Dussuel
Editor: 
Neus Ballús
Domi Parra
Composer: 
David Crespo

Production: 
El Kinògraf, Televisió de Catalunya, Arte France
World Sales: 
El Kinògraf
Format: 
DCP
Color

Five people who work on the outskirts of Barcelona and whose paths cross every day: Iurie, a Moldavian wrestler, is waiting for Spanish papers and is working on the harvest with farmer Raül. The situation is precarious, as an insect plague has infested the fields and is threatening to ruin the yield. Respiratory problems have forced his neighbour Maria, an almost 90-year-old farmer, to move into an old people’s home. There she meets geriatric nurse Rosemarie from the Philippines. On a dirt road near the highway, Maribel is trying to earn a living as a prostitute. All five are struggling, caught up in the lucha libre (”freestyle fight”) of a globalized metropolis and wrestling to secure their position within it. Neus Ballús observes the everyday routines of her non-professional actors with a keen sense of detail. With LA PLAGA, she has created an impressive hybrid of documentary and fiction, an account of life in Barcelona, Spain, and ultimately Europe too. (Caroline Pitzen)