Fri 27 Jan 2023 - Wed 08 Feb 2023
£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s
Various (See dates below)
Dir. Carla Simon
2022 | 120 mins | Spain, Italy
Catalan, Spanish, English with English subtitles
Josep Abad, Jordi Pujol Dolcet, Anna Otin
The life of a family of peach farmers in a small village in Catalonia changes when the owner of their large estate dies and his lifetime heir decides to sell the land, suddenly threatening their livelihood.
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.
The film features rich performances from the cast of non-professional actors which is fundamental in achieving a truthful portrayal, and the warm photography captures the beauty of the farmland and the emotions in the faces of the extended family, young and old.
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