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.
Original Language: Catalan
Production Countries: Spain, Italy
Duration: 120 min.
Directed by: Carla Simón
Written by: Carla Simón, Arnau Vilaró
Produced by: Maria Zamora, Stefan Schmitz, Tono Folguera, Giovanni Pompili
Cinematography: Daniela Cajías
Editing: Ana Pfaff
Production Design: Monica Bernuy
Costume Design: Anna Aguilà, Mercè Crespo, Raquel Ibort
Make-Up & Hair: Giovanna Turco, Arturo Montoro, Katia Ehlert, Xavi Valverde
Original Score: Andrea Koch
Sound: Eva Valiño, Thomas Giorgi, Alejandro Castillo, Frederic Schindler
Visual Effects: Massimo Capollina, Alessandro Orlati
Casting: Mireia Juárez
Cast: Jordi Pujol Dolcet (Quimet), Anna Otín (Dolores), Albert Bosch (Roger), Xènia Roset (Mariona), Ainet Jounou (Iris), Josep Abad (Rogelio), Montse Oró (Nati), Carles Cabós (Cisco), Berta Pipó (Glòria), Isaac Rovira (Pau)
About the director
Carla Simón (born 1986) is a film writer and director raised in a small Catalan village. She studied Audio-visual Communication in Barcelona and in California. In 2011, she was awarded a scholarship by La Caixa for a Master’s program at the London Film School, where she directed the short films BORN POSITIVE, LIPSTICK, LAS PEQUEÑAS COSAS and LLACUNES.SUMMER 1993 (2017) is her autobiographical debut. It won the Best First Feature Award and the Generation Kplus Grand Prix at the Berlinale, along with three Goya awards, including Best New Director. The film collected more than 30 prizes all over the world, it was selected to represent Spain at the 2018 Oscar Academy Awards and was nominationed for "European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI" at the European Film Awards. In 2018, during the 71st edition of the Festival de Cannes, Carla received the Kering|Women In Motion Young Talent Award. The prize, which aims to help female filmmakers gain visibility and recognition, was accompanied by a 50.000€ grant that contributed to support Alcarràs.Her last short films are IF THEN ELSE and CORRESPONDENCE, an epistolary conversation with Dominga Sotomayor shown in Visions du Réel, New York Film Festival and San Sebastian.ALCARRÀS is Carla’s second feature. It took part in the Torino Script Lab, Nipkow Program, MFI and the Cannes Residency.
2022 - ALCARRÀS, Feature
2017 - SUMMER 1993, Feature
For the past ten years, he has worked as an assistant director on the feature films DOGTOOTH (Yorgos Lanthimos) and BEFORE MIDNIGHT (Richard Linklater). After his short KM (2012), APPLES is his full-length feature debut and opened the section Orizzonti at 2020s Venice Film Festival.