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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmAlcarràs + Director Q&A

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GenreAdventure, Drama
Director(s)Carla Simón
Writer(s)Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró
LanguageCatalan, Spanish, English
CountrySpain, Italy
Running Time2HR
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2022 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. This special screening will be preceded by a Q&A with Carla Simón, live via Zoom.

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 marvelously textured film that moves to the unpredictable rhythms and caprices of nature and family life.

This screening of Alcarràs forms part of  the online conference “Moving Geographies: 100 Years of ‘Spanish’ Visual Studies” (10-11 May, 2023). It is organised by the Queen's University-based Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies as part of a year-long programme of events to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

Prior to the film screening Professor Sarah Wright (Royal Holloway) will be in conversation with the film’s director Carla Simón, live via Zoom. Professor Wright specialises in Spanish and Chilean cinema, and is a frequent presenter at London’s British Film Institute.

5.15pm - Zoom Q&A with Carla Simón, followed by a short break
6.15pm - Alcarràs screening

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