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  • Neus Ballús
  • Spain
  • 2019
  • 83 minutes
  • In Catalan, French, and Wolof with English subtitles

Both a sensitive, perfectly acted coming-of-age tale and a razor-sharp critique of the exploitative ‘all-inclusive’ tourism industry, Neus Ballús’ drama follows 17-year-old Marta (newcomer Elena Andrada, a gifted natural) as she reluctantly embarks on a Christmas holiday in Senegal with her travel-agent father, Manil (Sergi López), and her grumpy l…

Both a sensitive, perfectly acted coming-of-age tale and a razor-sharp critique of the exploitative ‘all-inclusive’ tourism industry, Neus Ballús’ drama follows 17-year-old Marta (newcomer Elena Andrada, a gifted natural) as she reluctantly embarks on a Christmas holiday in Senegal with her travel-agent father, Manil (Sergi López), and her grumpy little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). New worlds open up for Marta when she goes beyond the ‘staff only’ doorway and meets hotel maid Aissatou (Madeleine C. Ndong) and videographer Khouma (Diomaye A. Ngom)…

Drawing on her documentary background and a cast of first-time actors (European star López is the only professional), Ballús uses her directorial skill to fashion a drama both ‘perceptive [and] intelligent… The film’s defining strength may be Ballús’ rare ability to wield compassion for each one of her imperfect characters without making excuses for any of them… [The film’s bittersweet tone] illuminates the unusual and valuable idea that discovering how to be a good tourist is a lot like working out how to be a good adult.’—Jessica Kiang, Variety

 

Een gevoelige, perfect geacteerd verhaal over volwassen worden en een messcherpe aanklacht tegen de uitbuitende ‘all-inclusive’ toerismebranche. In dit drama van Neus Ballús volgen we de 17-jarige Marta (nieuwkomer Elena-Andrada, een begenadigd natuurtalent), die met tegenzin begint aan een kerstvakantie naar Senegal met haar vader, de reisagent Manil (Sergi López), en haar norse broertje Bruno (Ian Samsó). Er gaan nieuwe werelden open voor Marta wanneer ze de personeelsingang binnenloopt en kamermeisje Aissatou (Madeleine C. Ndong) en videograaf Khouma (Diomaye A. Ngom) ontmoet… Ballús gebruikt haar ervaringen als documentairemaker en een cast van beginnend acteurs (de Europese steracteur López is de enige professional) en zet haar regievaardigheden in om een scherp en intelligent drama af te leveren…

‘De kracht zit hem mogelijk in het zeldzame vermogen van Ballús om compassie voor elk van haar imperfecte personages te generen zonder uitvluchten voor ze te verzinnen…’—Jessica Kiang, Variety

 

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Cast: Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Diomaye A. Ngom, Ian Samsó, Madeleine C. Ndong

Actor Elena Andrada is scheduled to attend Thursday’s Opening Night screening in Cinema 1 at 19:30.

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Cinecitta 1Thursday 22 Oct20:45 - 22:45
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Cinecitta 5Saturday 24 Oct10:00 - 11:23
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Cinecitta 6Saturday 24 Oct10:00 - 11:23
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Cinecitta 3Saturday 24 Oct19:20 - 20:43
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Cinecitta 4Saturday 24 Oct19:20 - 20:43
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Book your lunch or dinner at the Ristobar for either before or after this movie.

About

English title
Staff Only
Country
Spain
Year
2019
Length
83 minutes
Director
Neus Ballús
Cast
Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Diomaye A. Ngom, Ian Samsó, Madeleine C. Ndong
Producer
Edmon Roch, Pau Subirós, Cristóbal García, Lina Badenes, Javier Ugarte
Screenwriter
Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós
Cinematog.
Diego Dussuel
Editor
Neus Ballús
Composer
Isabel Latorre
Prod. Designer
Uxúa Castelló
Prod. companies
Ikiru Films / La Terrazza / El Kinograf / Turanga
Sales agent
Film Factory
Format
DCP