Spain, 2019 - 83'
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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.

Staff Only marks Neus Ballus’ 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. The protagonist will discover that friendship and love are slightly more complex in a world defined by social inequality.

You can acces the director’s presentation of the film here.

Full Cast and Crew

Director: Neus Ballús
Writers: Neus Ballús Pau Subirós
Film Editing: Neus Ballús
Art Direction: Diego Dussuel
Actors: Elena Andrada Sergi López Ian Samsó Madeleine C. Ndong Diomaye Augustin Ngom
Music: Isabel Latorre


Premios Gaudì  2020
Nominada Mejor Película
Nominada a Mejor Dirección
Nominada a Mejor Actor
Nominada a Mejor Sonido
Festival de Málaga  2019
Nominada a Mejor Película
SEMINCI - Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid  2019
Nominada Premio Dunia Ayaso

Neus Ballús

Born in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona) in 1980, she studied filmmaking and Creative Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). Her first feature-length film, La plaga (2013), premiered at the 63rd Berlinale Forum, was nominated for the European Film Awards (“European Discovery”), the LUX Prize Awards, the Goya Prizes, and has received more than 20 international prizes, including 4 Premis Gaudí and the prestigious and historical 57th Premi Sant Jordi to the Best Spanish First Film. 

Strongly interested in cinema in the boundaries of documentary and fiction, she has specialized in scriptwriting, editing and working with nonprofessional actors. “Staff Only” is her first fiction film.

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