Seven-year-old Vera lives in the big city but adores spending the holidays in her grandparent’s town and particularly in their deserted tobacco barn. Nieves, a teenager native from there whose father forces her to help out at the family’s land, can’t avoid but feeling caged. The two girls, driven by the sense of adventure and the need to find oneself respectively, will be connected to a magical creature that will change the way they see their own reality.
Tobacco Barns: A magical coming-of-age story
Tobacco Barns is a 2022 Spanish fantasy drama film directed by Rocío Mesa in her feature film debut. The film tells the parallel stories of two girls, Vera and Nieves, who are both drawn to the mysterious tobacco barns that dot the landscape of their small rural town.
Vera is a seven-year-old city girl who loves to visit her grandparents in the village during the summer. She spends her days exploring the tobacco barns, which she imagines to be filled with magical creatures and secrets. Nieves, on the other hand, is a teenager who feels trapped in the village. She dreams of escaping to the city, but she is forced to stay and help her family with the tobacco harvest.
One day, Vera discovers a strange creature in one of the tobacco barns. The creature is a mix of different animals, and it seems to have a magical connection to Vera. Nieves also encounters the creature, and she soon realizes that it can help her to escape from the village.
As the two girls get to know the creature, they learn more about themselves and each other. They also discover the secrets of the tobacco barns and the magic that lies within them.
Tobacco Barns is a beautifully made film with stunning visuals and a heartwarming story. It is a coming-of-age story about two girls who find friendship and adventure in the most unexpected of places. The film also explores themes of family, community, and the importance of following your dreams.
The film was well-received at film festivals around the world, and it won several awards, including the Best New Director award at the New Directors section of the 70th San Sebastián International Film Festival.
Tobacco Barns is a must-see for fans of fantasy, coming-of-age stories, and beautiful films.