Neus Ballús

Spain 85 min Documentary


Raul, a farmer who wants to grow organic food, hires Iurie to help him in the fields. Iurie is a Moldavian wrestling fighter, who earns a living in whatever comes his way. Slowly, their personal stories intertwine with those of three solitary women: Maria, an elderly lady forced to leave her countryside house for a retirement home; Rose, a Philippine nurse who has just arrived in the country; and Maribel, a prostitute who has less and less clients. The destinies of all these characters become entwined as the summer goes on.  The Plague is a film of interwoven stories, that offers a moving portrait of life on the outskirts of Barcelona. The main characters are not actors. They play themselves after four years of working with the director. This long process has permitted Ballús to reveal the uncertainty and rebel spirit that underlies contemporary crisis-hit Spain.


Neus Ballús

Mollet del Vallès, 1980. Graduated in editing and film-making at Barcelona´s Pompeu Fara University.  The Plague, presented at Berlinale Forum 2013, is her first feature lenght film. 

Filmography: La plaga (2013)

Neus Ballús

Film information

Original Title: The Plague
Director: Neus Ballús
Script: Neus Ballús
Contact: El Kinògraf
With: Maria Ros, Raül Molist, Rosemarie Abella, Iurie Timbur, Maribel Martí
Country: Spain
Year: 2013
Format: Digital
Length: 85 min
Language: Catalan, Spanish, others
Subtitles: Catalan
Edition: 2013