ALCARRÀS by Carla Simón won the Golden Bear at the 72nd Berlinale. Simón's sophomore work starring an ensemble of entirely non-professional actors, was welcomed with unanimous critical adoration by the international critics.
The director was presented with the Golden Bear by Competition jury president M. Night Shyamalan, who praised the film “for its extraordinary performances from the child actors to the actors in their 80s and for the ability to show the tenderness and comedy of family and struggle”.
As far as they can remember, the Solé family have spent every summer picking the peaches from their orchard in Alcarràs, a small village in Spain. But this year’s crop could be their last, as they face eviction. The new plans for the land include cutting down the peach trees and installing solar panels, which causes a rift within the large tight-knit family. For the first time, they face an uncertain future and risk losing more than their home.