Director: Carla Simón
Writers: Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró
Stars: 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 heir decides to sell the land, suddenly threatening their livelihood.For as long as they can remember, the Solé family has spent every summer picking the peaches in their orchard in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But this year’s crop may well be their last, as they face eviction. The new plans for the land, which include cutting down the peach trees and installing solar panels, cause a rift in this large, tight-knit family. For the first time, they face an uncertain future and risk losing more than their orchard.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENTAlcarràs is a tiny village in deepest Catalonia, where my family grows peaches. When my grandfather died, my uncles inherited the land and its care. Grief for my grandfather brought me to value my family’s legacy and their dedication to farming. I learned to appreciate the trees they cultivate as something that could someday be destroyed. This is how the plot of “Alcarràs” came to me: a family of farmers – the Solés – are about to lose their peach trees as the owner wants to put solar panels in his fields. Human beings have cultivated the land in family groups since the Neolithic. It’s the most ancient profession of all time. But the truth is that the story of the Solé family comes at a time when this way of agriculture is no longer sustainable. There is the real question of what agriculture means to us today…
Berlin International Film Festival 2022: Winner of the Golden Bear Award