18 NOV - 4 DEC 2022


Opening film


Iván and Elena (Pol López and Vicky Luengo) inherit a farmhouse while expecting their first child. They decide to start afresh, restore the house and earn a living by harvesting the cork from the trees on their property. However, as outsider landowners they struggle to win acceptance and are faced with rising tensions between local cork peelers and immigrant workers. They will soon have to decide what has to change: their environment or themselves.
In his debut feature, Mikel Gurrea captures the internal conflicts of couple who embody an entire generation: a young family striving to live the dream of a fair, sustainable and tolerant rural life where nothing turns out as expected.


Mikel Gurrea (Donostia, 1985) graduated in audiovisual communication from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and did an MA at the London Film School. His shorts, including Vermell en l'aigua (2010), Foxes (2015) and Txoria (2013), have been screened to great acclaim at festivals in Venice, San Sebastián and Montreal. His latest short, Heltzear (2021), was also in competition at l’Alternativa. He teaches at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and works closely with the Cinema en curs project. Suro, his eagerly awaited debut feature, was selected for Cinema Pendent 2016.
At l’Alternativa, Mikel Gurrea will also be talking to members of the cast and crew about the filmmaking process behind Suro.