Staff Only will premiere at Berlinale's Panorama
Neus Ballús became internationally known with her debut feature, LA PLAGA, which premiered at the Berlinale and received more than 20 awards around the world. STAFF ONLY marks Neus Ballús' first foray into narrative feature film, with a cast made up almost entirely of non-professional actors that lend an authenticity to Marta's journey, and has been entirely filmed in Senegal.
Marta, a teenager from Barcelona, is forced to spend her Christmas holidays in Senegal with her divorced father, Manel, and her younger brother Bruno. She'd enjoy her stay if only they'd stop cajoling her into joining them on a frantic series of safaris and local folklore acts along with the pensioners staying at the resort. Marta meets Khouma, a Senegalese guy a bit older than her who works at the hotel making videos for the tourists during their sightseeing tours. She also befriends the hotel maid Aissatou, who invites her to cross the door marked "Staff Only", introducing her to the invisible world of the hotel staff.
The film has been produced by IKIRU Films, by Edmon Roch and EWA member Victoria Borras
Cast : Sergi López, Elena Andrada, Ian Samsó Pinart, Diomaye A. Ngom, Madeleine C. Ndong.
Production : Ikiru Films (Spain), El Kinograf (Spain), Turanga Films (Spain), La Terraza Films (Spain), Les Films Hatari (France)
Sales : Film Factory
Sunday 10 Feb. – 22:30 – CinemaxX 7 (Premiere) followed by a Q&A
Monday 11 Feb. – 17:45 – CineStar 3
Tuesday 12 Feb. – 22:30 – Cubix 7
Friday 15 Feb. – 20:15 – Cubix 7
Sunday 17 Feb. – 15:00 – CineStar 3