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Staff Only (2019)

director: Neus Ballús

composer: Isabel Latorre
With: Elena Andrada, Sergi López, Diomaye Augustin Ngom, a.o.

duration: 82 minutes
Explore Zone Youth / Coming-Of-Age, Drama, Romance

Focus on Spanish Cinema

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To Neus Ballus, to be a responsible tourist one must first be a conscientious adult. In this coming-of-age drama, the Catalonian director has chosen a seventeen-year-old's point of view. Marta arrives in Senegal for an all-in vacation with her father and younger brother. Before long she is bored to tears by the so-called authentic visits and endless games of bingo. She wishes she could party, drink and hang out with her peers. Her dreams seem to come true when a local hotel maid introduces her to the 'staff only' areas and shows her the local, non-touristic scene. Hidden in a coming-of-age cover, Ballus' 'Staff Only' sheds some light on the blind eye the tourism business catered to white tourists in Africa turns to the continent's reality.

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Screening dates: Staff Only

Sphinx Cinema Wed 9 Oct 2019 14:30 - 15:52 (82 min)
Sphinx Cinema Sat 12 Oct 2019 19:45 - 21:07 (82 min)
Sphinx Cinema Mon 14 Oct 2019 22:00 - 23:22 (82 min)


director: Neus Ballús
screenplay: Neus Ballús, Pau Subirós
producer: Lina Badenes, Victoria Borrás
composer: Isabel Latorre
Editor: Neus Ballús
Cinematography: Diego Dussuel
sound: Albert Manera

production company: El Kinògraf

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dialogue: Catalan, French, Wolof
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Spain - France
year: 2019


NEUS BALLÚS (1980): Grandad with a Movie Camera (2005, short), Quan plovien bombes (2007, short), Barcelona Any Zero (2008-2009, TV series), Barcelona any 1 (2009, TV series), Immersió (2009, short), Ferida arrel: Maria-Mercè Marçal (2012, segment), The Plague (2013), Staff Only (2019).

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format: DCP


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