<em>Alcarràs</em>

Alcarràs

Alcarràs

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Sun 28 Aug 2022
  • 1:30—3:30PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

A Catalonian, peach-growing family face upheaval in this moving and nuanced reflection on identity, place and time by Carla Simón (Summer 1993 NZIFF 2017), awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2022.
“The film strikes a deft balance between idyllic reminiscence and melancholy for a cherished place.” — Caitlin Quinlon, Little White Lies

For generations, Quimet Solé’s family has spent every summer harvesting peaches in their orchard in Alcarràs, Catalonia. Their landlords, the wealthy Pinyol family, gifted them the land in gratitude for saving their lives during the Spanish Civil War – land which now provides a livelihood for the sprawling Solé clan.

More importantly, their identity is rooted in this soil that has been nurtured from father to son. But eviction looms: Quimet’s father Rogelio never got the land deeds in writing, for back then people kept their word. Now, the Pinyol heir, Joaquim, intends to install solar panels on the property. Fruit prices are so low as to make production unsustainable; solar farms are the future.

Some members of the Solé family agree, further enraging Quimet, as siblings and spouses and rebellious teenage offspring clash. Oblivious to the rifts forming and the family’s peril, six-year-old Iris and her twin cousins continue to delight in the orchard’s groves, their imaginations transforming this playground into other worlds. Like the rest of the non-professional cast, they are superb, observed with an unsentimental, deeply empathetic eye in this transfixing ensemble piece with shades of Chekhov. — Sandra Reid

2022 | Drama | 120 min | Dir. Carla Simón

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