San Agustín - Low Tide in the Plastic Sea / DE version

  • Germany 
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In the midst of the world’s biggest fruit and vegetable garden, the so called ‘Mar del plástico’, lies the Andalusian village of San Agustín. For the local planters the conditions of this season are prophesying crisis. A mysterious virus threatens the harvest, bacteria attacks the plants and the authorities are after the illegal workforce in the greenhouses. Planter José Maria would rather choose to live among vegetables than people, while the Crespo family, who seems to belong to a different era altogether, try to get by with vegetables, breeding goats, and a giant compost pile. This is all part of the daily routine for Paco, the village tavern’s barman, who knows all of his customers’ problems.

San Agustín takes an out of the ordinary look at the ‘Mar del plástico’, Europe's most important producer and vendor of fruit and vegetables, as it fights with it's own existence during the cucumber crisis of 2011. The film documents two families, a village tavern, and a lot of vegetables. Depicting one extraordinary harvest season in nine chapters.



  • Original Title
    San Agustín - Marea baja en el mar del plástico
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Gudrun Gruber, Alexander Hick, Michael Schmitt
  • Cinematography
    Aline Laszlo
  • Editing
    Nina Ergang
  • Music
    Pink Martini & Calexico
  • Sound
    Gudrun Gruber, Alexander Hick, Michael Schmitt
  • Runtime
    70 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig
    • Five Lakes Film Festival
    • Crossing Europe Festival Linz
    • Agrofilm Festival
    • Festival Cine de Pasto Colombia
    • Zurich International Film Festival
    • Dokfest Kassel
    • Ekotopfilm Bratislava
    • L’Alternativa Barcelona Ind.
    • Teheran Intl. Documentary Festival
    • Nonfiktionale Bad Aibling
    • Naturvision Filmfestival
  • Awards
    • Agrofilm Festival: Grand Jury Prize
    • Festival Cine de Pasto Colombia: Special Mention
    • Nonfiktionale Bad Aibling: Citizens Award
    • Naturvision Filmfestival: Newcomerprize is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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