The Plague, by Neus Ballus, nominated for European Film Awards

The first feature length by Neus Ballus, Master in Creative Documentary from IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has been nominated for the European Discovery category of the European Film Awards. Winners in the past have included films like HUNGER by Steve McQueen, HUMAN RESSOURCES by Laurent Cantet, THE CELEBRATION by Thomas Vinterberg and LA VIE DE JESUS by Bruno Dumont.

The Plague, premiered last february at the Berlinale's Forum, has already received since then several prizes and nominations, including Best Film at Motovoun Festival (Croatia), and a European Parliament nomination for the LUX Prize. The script, co-written between Ballús and Pau Subirós (also Master in Creative Documentary and productor’s film) has won Best Script at Cinespaña (France).

The film tells the intertwining stories of five characters living in the outskirts of Barcelona: a Moldavian wrestling fighter, a farmer, a prostitute, an old lady living in an old people home, and her nurse. The lives of these people converge in a plot that arises around the plague that affects the farmer's crops. All the characters are non actors, with whom Ballus has worked for more than three years.

The Plague has been produced by El Kinograf, in coproduction with TVC, with the participation of ARTE, the support of ICAA and ICEC, and the collaboration of the IDEC-UPF's Master of Creative Documentary.

In following weeks, "The Plague" will participate in London, Bombay, Cali, and Vienna Film Festivals, as well as continue its theatrical distribution in Spain.


European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI is presented annually to a new and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. The prize is awarded after the European Academy members for one of the five FIPRESCI nominated films. The winner of the 2013 edition will be unveiled at the Awards ceremony, that will be held in Berlin, on December 7th.