''La Plaga'' (The Plague)

Directed by Neus Ballús
Screenplay by Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós
Produced by El Kinògraf


Raül, a farmer that tries to grow organic food, hires Iurie to help him in the fields. Iure is a Moldavian wrestling fighter, but in order to earn a living he has to work in whatever it comes. Slowly, their personal histories intertwine with those of three solitary women: Maria, an elder that has to leave the country house where she has always lived to join a retirement home; Rose, a nurse from Philippines who just arrived into the country; and Maribel, a prostitute that has less and less clients. The destinies of all these characters become entwined as the summer goes on. The Plague is a film of intertwining stories, that offers a moving portrait of life in the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are not actors. They play as themselves after four years of working with the director. This long process has permitted Ballús to reveal the uncertainty and the rebel spirit that underlies contemporary crisis-hit Spain.


Nomination to the European Film Awards (European Discovery), of the European Academy of Cinema
Gaudí to the best catalan film

Gaudí to the best direction
Gaudí to the best screenplay
Gaudí to the best editing
Best feature film award,  Festival de Cine de Cali (Colombia)
Bests Opera Prima en el Festival de Cinema de Dones de Dormundt-Colonia
Best screenplay, Festival Cinespaña de Toulouse (França)
Sant Jordi to the best Opera Prima de Ràdio Nacional d'España
Propeler award Best Film Festival de Motovun (Croàcia)s
Best direction Opera Prima Film Festival de Tudela (Navarra)
Ahmed Attia Award , Medimed Doc Market de Sitges
Special mention of the jury best Opera Prima, Festival de Cinema Espanyol de Nantes (França)
Award  Biennal de Cinema Espanyol d'Annecy (França))
Interfedi award, Festival Internacional de Torí (Itàlia)

CastRaül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí 


Direction: Neus Ballús 

Scripwriter: Neus Ballús, con la colaboración de Pau Subirós 

Script editors: Iñaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo 

Director of photography: Diego Dussuel 

Music: David Crespo 

Sound: Pau Subirós

Sound mixer: Marisol Nievas, Juan Sánchez "Cuti" 

First assistant director: Maria Alcazar 

Production manager: Judit Quintana 

Executive producer: Pau Subirós 

Executive producer TVC: Jordi Ambrós 

Commissioning editor ARTE France: Luciano Rigolini 

Delegate production UPF: Jordi Balló

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