EFP Cannes
22 September 2017

The Strawberry Place

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The Strawberry Place (El Lugar de las fresas)

original title:

EL LUGAR DE LAS FRESAS

cast:

Ernesta "Lina" Garrone, Gianni Baccola, Hassan Raqabi

cinematography:

editing:

Renato Sanjuan

country:

Italy

year:

2013

film run:

90'

format:

HD - colour

status:

Ready (05/11/2013)

festival & awards:

Lina is seventy years old and has always been a farmer. Every morning, she leaves San Mauro, the “strawberry town,” and goes to Europe’s biggest open-air market, Porta Palazzo in Turin, where she sells her fruit, vegetables and strawberries. Lina doesn’t have any children but she does have five dogs and a husband, who wishes she would stop working, but his request is ignored. Until one day, at the market, she meets Hassan, a young Moroccan immigrant looking for a job.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES
“The word ‘transformation’ is the vital and structural element of the film: that of the characters, of their relationships and of their stories, but also of work, of farmers, of an era. In full globalization, Lina is still there, in the strawberry place, surviving the advent of a global era. Often, transformation is also associated with the idea of conflict, another leitmotiv of the movie: through the story of Lina, we go from the strawberry fields of a town on the outskirts of Turin to the contradictions of globalization, from the difficulties of a Moroccan boy to the problems of immigration.”