Director: Carla Simón
Script: Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró
With: Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otín, Xenia Roset, Albert Bosch, Ainet Jounou, Josep Abad, Montse Oró, Carles Cabós, Berta Pipó
Country: Spain, Italy
Length: 120 min
Where: Glasgow Film Theatre (12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB)
When: Friday 6th until Thursday 12th January
Where: Cameo (38 Home St, Edinburgh EH3 9LZ)
When:Friday 6th until Thursday 12th January
Where: DCA (152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EA)
When: Friday 20 January – 26 January 2023
The Golden Bear winner of the last Berlinale arrives in Scotland, a deeply moving ensemble portrait of a Catalan community fighting eviction from their farm.
“Profoundly authentic and moving. It’s quite remarkable that this is only Simon’s second film” – Screen
For as long as they can remember, the Solé family has spent every summer picking the peaches in their orchard in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But this year’s crop may well be their last, as they face eviction.
Winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale Festival, Carla Simón’s follow-up to her acclaimed childhood drama Summer 1993 is a ruminative, lived-in portrait of a rural family in present-day Catalonia whose way of life is rapidly changing. The Solé clan live in a small village, annually harvesting peaches for local business and export. However, their livelihood is put in jeopardy by the looming threat of the construction of solar panels, which would necessitate the destruction of their orchard. From this simple narrative, pitting agricultural tradition against the onrushing train of modern progress, Simón weaves a marvellously textured film that moves to the unpredictable rhythms and caprices of nature and family life.
“Carla Simón’s superb Alcarras is the single best film of the Berlin Festival” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph
Berlinale – Golden Bear Winner
NYFF – The New York Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
Chicago Film Festival