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Catalan Avant-Garde: La Plaga (The Plague)

27 Oct 2015

A Q&A with producer Pau Subirós follows the screening.

Neus Ballús’ award-winning La Plaga (The Plague) offers a moving portrait of life on the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are non-professional actors and play themselves, following four years of collaboration with the director.

The film’s plot is a detailed observation of the characters’ lives over a prolonged period. Raul, a farmer who wants to grow organic food, hires Lurie to help him in the fields. Lurie is a Moldavian wrestler, who earns a living in whatever comes his way.

Slowly, their personal stories intertwine with those of three solitary women: Maria, an elderly lady forced to leave her countryside house for a retirement home; Rose, a Filipino nurse who has just arrived in the country; and Maribel, a prostitute who has fewer and fewer clients. The destinies of all these characters become entwined as the summer unfolds.

Season multi-buy offer

3 - 4 Screenings: Tickets £9 each
5 - 6 Screenings: Tickets £8 each


La Plaga, dir. Neus Ballús, Spain 2013, Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles.

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