La plaga

The plague
Neus Ballús
Neus Ballús, with the collaboration of Pau Subirós. Script editors: Iñaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo
Raül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí
El Kinògraf, in coproduction with Televisió de Catalunya, in association with Arte France, whit the collaboration of the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals, and the Insituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales. Development supported by the MEDIA programme, the Berlinale's Doc Station, the Center for Audiovisual Development and the National Council for Culture and the Arts.


Iurie, a champion wrestler from Moldavia, has recently moved to a town on the outskirts of Barcelona. He gets up before dawn to go work in the fields for Raul, a 40-year-old farmer who owns a plot of land squeezed in between the industrial parks and the highway. They regularly run into Maribel, a prostitute in her fifties who has been working there for about twenty years. Maria lives near Raul’s fields, and she is already very old. She needed someone to help her with her housework, so that’s how she met Julieta, a 34 year-old Colombian girl. In midsummer the bean crops in the area are attacked by a whitefly plague. If hard rains don’t begin to fall, the whole crop could be lost. “The Plague” is a story of people living on the outskirts of the city, at the edges of the system, subject to forces beyond their control. Only by breaking through their isolation can they begin to view their lives in a different perspective.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Berlin International Film Festival 2013
Forum Selection - 2013
Doc Station in Berlinale Talent Campus - 2011
Valladolid International Film Festival (Seminci) 2013
Spanish Cinema
BFI London Film Festival 2013
Debate Section
Málaga Film Festival 2013
San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013
Made In Spain

Lux Film Prize of European Parliament 2013
Sant Jordi Award 2014
Best Film Award
European Film Awards (EFA) 2013
Nomination for European Discovery - Prix Fipresci
Goyas Awards 2014
Nominated: Best New Director
Gaudí Awards 2014
Nominated: Best Cinematography
Winner: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing


Spain (6 of September 2013)