Staff Only

Director
Neus Ballús
Cast
Sergi López, Elena Andrada, Ian Samsó
Genre
Drama
Duration
81 min.
Nationality
Spain
Year
2019
Language
French, Catalan
Production Companies
El Kinògraf, Ikiru Films, La Terraza, Les Films Hatari
Theatrical Release
September 20th 2019

Multi award-winning filmmaker Neus Ballús (The Plague) returns to Berlin’s Panorama section with STAFF ONLY, a portrait of a rebellious teenager’s unique initiation into the adult world. Led by Sergi López (Happy as Lazzaro, Pan’s Labyrinth) STAFF ONLY dives into the exoticization of Africa in this family coming-of-age story.

There is nothing a rebellious teenager wants less than to be trapped on holiday with the family, but that’s exactly what happens to Marta (17) when her father takes her and her little brother to Senegal for Christmas. Looking to stir things up, Marta sets her sights on Khouma, a cameraman who films outings for tourists. Her relationship with her father was already strained, and now her interest in this young Senegalese man pushes it over the edge. But what starts as a way to upset her father turns to true fascination. Through Khouma’s videos Marta discovers the inner workings of the exotic holiday business, but more importantly, a window onto understanding the world she lives in.


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