UK Premiere/ Secaderos + Intro

Directed by Rocío Mesa

This is a tale about the relationships that people have with their towns and villages; those who love them, and those who are compelled to escape from them. A small, rural community in Andalusia seems like paradise for seven-year-old Vera, a city girl, but like a prison for local teenager Nieves: these two parallel stories unfurl amidst tobacco drying rooms over the course of one summer. Dripping with magic and realism, it’s a fantastic fiction debut that boasts some incredible performances from the cast of almost entirely non-professional actors local to the area. Hinting at the more adult activities that the rebellious Nieves gets up to, writer-director Rocío Mesa sums it up as a psychedelic rural drama, and this delightful coming-of-age story is inspired by the filmmaker’s own experiences growing up in the Granada area 

Event/ The Opening Night screening on Fri 5 Apr will be introduced by the festival team, with BSL interpretation. In the ground floor bar, there will be free live music from Zenaida 17:30-19:15, and DJ Atalaya will be playing from 21:15 until late. 

Event/ The screening on Sat 13 Apr was introduced by Dr Carlos van Tongeren, University of Manchester. Read notes from Carlos’s introduction to the film here.


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98 minutes

Translated title:
Tobacco Barns


Full English

Country of origin:
Spain and USA

Year of production:

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