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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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The Plague

Director Neus Ballus scheduled to attend | June 6 & June 8

A vividly shot slice of life docudrama set in the distant suburbs of Barcelona, this heavy but hopeful film follows five interconnected Catalonians, including a wrestler and a farmer, as they struggle with personal and economic difficulties.
Schedule
June 6, 2013 9:15 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
June 8, 2013 2:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

In the scenic Catalan countryside, five seemingly unrelated people who work on the outer fringes of Barcelona cross paths with each other every day without knowing how their lives all intersect. There's Lurie, a Moldavian lucha libre wrestler who is working on a farm while he awaits notice for his Spanish citizenship. Lurie was hired by Raül, who took over the farm from his parents, but it has not thrived. His fields are overrun with a plague of insects that threatens to destroy his livelihood. Raül's neighbor, Maria, is nearly 90 years old and suffers from respiratory problems that finally forced her to move off her farm and into a retirement home. In the retirement facility, she meets elder-care nurse Rosemarie, a recent immigrant from the Philippines, who walks to work every day on foot. Each day, Rosemarie walks past Maribel, who sits on a wobbly garden chair on the side of the road, trying to earn a living as a sex worker to care for her unemployed son. Though each character leads vastly different lives, all five are struggling with the effects of displacement and uncertainty caused by rampant globalization. In her feature debut, director Neus Ballús worked with nonprofessional actors who essentially play fictionalized versions of themselves. The Plague is an impressive fiction/documentary hybrid focusing on people who have been left behind by the European free-trade economy, but could easily be a microcosm for working-class people struggling worldwide.

Director Biography
Writer and director Neus Ballús graduated in editing and filmmaking at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University in 1999. She began with short films, La Gabi (2004), Granddad with a Movie Camera (2005), and Immersion (2008), which was shot entirely underwater in a public swimming pool and won ALCINE’s Best Movie award. The Plague is Ballús’s first feature-length film.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of Spain - San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Dragados USA, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, The Tourist Office of Spain, Comcast Xfinity, Aula Cervantes Seattle

Director: Neus Ballús
Principal Cast: Raül Molist, Maria Ros, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí
Premiere Status: North America
Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Running Time: 85 minutes
Producer: Jordi Ambrós, Jordi Balló, Pau Subirós
Screenplay: Pau Subirós, Neus Ballús
Cinematographers: Diego Dussuel
Editors: Domi Parra, Neus Ballús
Music: David Crespo
Website: http://www.laplaga.cat/
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Catalan, Spanish, Ilokano, Moldavian, Russian
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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