Tobacco Barns


64th TIFF: Greek Premiere

Seven-year-old Vera lives in the big city but adores spending the holidays in her grandparents’ town and particularly in their deserted tobacco barn. Nieves, a teenage 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 themselves respectively, will be connected due to a magical creature that will change the way they see their own reality. With a creature created by Oscar-winner DDT (Pan’s Labyrinth)  and awarded at the SXSW Festival, the film is a fantastical coming-of-age story. Set in dreamy landscapes, director Rocío Mesa’s feature debut, inspired by her childhood in southern Spain, transports us to a mysterious and moving summer where anything can happen.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Rocio Mesa
Script: Rocio Mesa
Cinematography: Alana Mejía González
Editing: Diana Toucedo
Sound: Joaquín Pachón, Vicente Villaescusa, Rafa Pachón
Music: Paloma Peñarrubia
Actors: Vera Centenera, Ada Mar Lupiáñez, Jennifer Ibáñez, Eduardo Santana Jiménez, Cristina Eugenia Segura Molina
Production: La Claqueta PC S.L., Un Capricho Producciones, Amplitud, La Cruda Realidad
Producers: Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo
Co-producers: Belén Sánchez
Production Design: Sergio Mauriño
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Spain
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 98'
Contact: Latido Films
Awards/Distinctions: Dunia Ayaso Award – San Sebastián IFF 2022

Rocio Mesa

Rocio Mesa is a Spanish filmmaker, programmer, and producer based in California. She is the director of LA OLA – Independent Films from Spain, an organization focused on the promotion of Avant-guard Spanish cinema in North America, and a freelance programmer for festivals such as the LA Film Festival. Her debut feature film, Orensanz, premiered at the Sevilla Film Festival in 2013, it was selected at festivals such as BAFICI or Alcances, and it was nominated as Best Documentary in the ASECAN Awards. Mesa was named by Variety as one of the top 10 “Spanish Women Rising in the Film Business” in 2017.


2013 Orensanz
2020 Tobacco barns light studies (short)
2022 Secaderos