El lugar de las fresas
Il luogo delle fragole
Ernesta "Lina" Garrone, Gianni Baccola, Hassan Raqabi
HD - colour
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.
“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.”