What is the essence of a city? The spaces? The people who inhabit them? Do cities have a memory? Do spaces have a memory? What traces are left on a space of those people who inhabited it before?
disPLACE is two stories about one single space or one story about two pairs of people: the ones who live there now and the ones who lived there before.
Barcelona, 2015. The first part is a story of nostalgia, distance and disappointment concerning Maria, a French literature teacher and Henry, an executive who works in urban and real estate projects for a huge multinational company. The space they inhabit is a flat that Henry bought and restored for Maria right in the centre of Barcelona, in a district Maria discovered the first time she visited the city on a holiday. The district has become fashionable, partly due to Henry's multinational company activities. Maria, though, feels she doesn't fit anymore in this renewed district that she no longer recognises.
Barcelona, 2009. The second part is a story of love, conflict and desperation. It's the story of Amèlia and David, the previous inhabitants of the same place, some years before. At first glance we see a couple that seems to be celebrating that they just moved in: they have improvised a small party on their own and they drink a toast to courage. But soon we begin to see that it is not a welcome celebration: is a farewell. This is the last night they spend in that place: at dawn they will be evicted.