Carla Simón’s ‘Alcarràs’ fills Lleida with life, cinema and farming

LleidaA green carpet, four tractors and 380 buckets full of fruit. “It looks like we’re reaping the rewards,” she said photo call of the movie preview Alcarràs in Lleida. A “bestial” montage, according to some of the curious who go to the screening of the film by Carla Simón, the brand new winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlinale.

Although there are still hours to start the event, hundreds of people are already gathering in front of the Llotja in the capital of Segrià. Friends, family and neighbors are looking forward to seeing this movie as they feel. “I’ve never seen this square so full,” says one of the attendees. Among this expectant audience are supporting actors and extras who took part in the filming and who, months later, will be able to see their contribution to the film. “We lived like the village was filled for three days with a very festive atmosphere. Now we relive it in this preview “, explains Maria Farrera, from Bellvís.

Jesús Vidal also remembers how he took part in the first casting and says that, being a farmer, he is “very involved in the film”. “It’s my life, but also that of my parents and grandchildren. The bond is very strong. ” Ester Consul agrees: “I think I’ll even get excited to see her.”

The public of the Llotja de Lleida before the screening of the film 'Alcarràs'

The big ovation

Slowly, and while non-professional actors are surrounded by press in the photo call, the public is occupying the Ricard Vinyes de la Llotja room, characterized by its walls full of trees and a leaf-shaped ceiling. “It can’t get any better,” says the film’s director, Carla Simón, who is greeted with a standing ovation when she enters the room.

Inside the room, the lights go out and the wait begins Alcarràs, with moments of applause, laughter and excitement from the audience. Outside, members of the Lleida School of Hospitality and Tourism and Bo de Shalom prepare zero kilometer dishes with fresh products that were part of thetool of the photo call. A tasting that, at the end of the film, viewers will enjoy. And so it is, as they discuss, with emotion, each scene ofAlcarràs. There is no other topic of conversation among the people who gather at the exit of the Market.

The film, which according to most viewers shows the rural reality of the lands of the West, has not left anyone indifferent. “It’s a total representation of the life of the peasantry,” says one spectator. “If you’ve lived in the garden, it’s the fiber that touches you because it reminds you of childhood moments,” explains Ruth Baldó. The viewer also points out that she was moved to hear the Lleida accent, “something very unusual” in cinema and television. And in fact, she’s not the only one. Pepa Mur says that “hearing them talk like you do in the film makes you feel very identified with them”.

Non-professional actors have also surprised the audience. “We can’t help but think that, despite being amateur actors, they are able to transmit all these values,” says Pep Torres. Another spectator is clear: “If the actors do so well, it is because the passion of the field is not taught in two days. This can only be transmitted by the people who live it. “

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