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A boy goes to Mercabarna, the largest wholesale market in Barcelona, on a school trip. And there he will have an adventure that will mark him forever and really test his courage



Albert Espinosa (Barcelona, 1973) is a prominent writer, screenwriter, playwright, actor and film director. His work as a screenwriter includes Polseres vermelles for television (remade abroad as The Red Band Society in the USA and Braccialetti Rossi in Italy) and Planta 4ª and Tu vida en 65’ for the cinema. He made his debut as a film director with No me pidas que te bese porque te besaré in 2008. He has also sold over a million copies of his 4 books, which have been translated into 23 languages.

Pitahaya is the first short film he has written and directed.



Francesc Garrido is an actor trained at the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London. He has been involved in film projects in a range of styles from the renowned Smoking Room to Capitán Alatriste and Mar Adentro, and including 25 kilates, Gente de mala calidad and a number of foreign films in English. As for his theatrical career, he has had leading roles in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Pinter, etc. He has also recently been working on television projects such as Gran Reserva and the celebrated El tiempo entre costuras.


Rubén Sánchez

Rubén Sánchez (Barcelona, 2004) is a young actor who by the age of 10 has already appeared in several short films as well as feature films such as La estrella (Alberto Aranda, 2013) alongside actors including Íngrid Rubio and Carmen Machi.


Mercabarna is a ‘food town’ which buzzes 24 hours a day with one clear aim: to guarantee the supply of fresh food to the people of Catalonia.

In 90 hectares it brings together Barcelona’s wholesale markets (fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, and plants and flowers), the slaughterhouse and 700 companies specialising in distributing, importing, exporting and producing fresh produce. In Mercabarna there are processed food companies that make ready-to-eat salads and meat and vegetable brochettes, filet fish, cook seafood, clean and cut potatoes in various shapes... in other words, make lots of processed foods you can buy or eat in a variety of places.

This ‘town’ also has its own stores (pharmacy, bars and restaurants, kindergarten, optician’s, etc.) that provide services to the 23,000 people who work there every day. These users are joined by the 12,000 schoolchildren who visit Mercabarna each year to see its variety of fresh produce.

Mercabarna is without doubt one of the leading European markets for fresh foods, with nearly 2 million tons sold per year and distributed to retailers, supermarket chains and restaurants throughout Catalonia, Spain and other countries around the world.

It is a unique ‘town’ which was the setting for Pitahaya and the various locations which play a key role in shaping the emotions of its main character.

  • Original title: Pitahaya
  • Original language: Catalan
  • Running time: 14:40
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Production month and year: April 2014
  • Filming location: Mercabarna, Barcelona
  • Production company: Smäll, Imelda and Pelones Producciones
  • Producers: Arantxa Roca, Adrià Coll
  • Director: Albert Espinosa
  • Screenwriter: Albert Espinosa
  • Music: Toni Saigi 'Chupi'
  • Photography: Arnau Valls Colomer AEC
  • Making of and Still photo: Pau Pericas
  • Cinematograph: Pau Reig
  • Sound: Kamikaze Estudi, Dani Zacarías, Fig Tree Studios
  • Editing: Alberto De Toro
  • Art: Iris Santamaría
  • Wardrobe: Imma Rondán
  • Hair and makeup: Marta Baliarda
  • Special effects: Apuntolapospo
  • Narrator: Rubén Sánchez
  • Cast: Francesc Garrido, Rubén Sánchez
  • Media agency: Zenith
  • Advertising agency: Smäll
  • Contact: meritxell@smallbcn.com
  • Mercabarna (location) contact comunicacio@mercabarna.cat