In 2009 the high speed was going to link Barcelona with Paris. Actually the track is not completed and the ¨connection¨ is reduced to the stretch Figueres–Perpiyà, that crosses the border between France and Spain by the Pertús tunnel.
A story about the different perceptions of time, between the process of construction of a viaduct and people living with the transformation of its landscape. The high speed as a half-reality, as a future that is constantly coming, and low speed as a present that is fading out.
A documentary about the Catalonian mathematician Ferran Sunyer, who despite having been born with a physical handicap, worked in a really hard and self-taught way to become one of the most recognized mathematicians in Europe during the Second World War.
Through several testimonies we discover Ferran Sunyer’s life and home environment: his physical limitations, his great human value, his willpower, the terrible state the Spanish scientific institutions were in, the prestigious publications, the modest academic position he achieved in the CSIC and his many international contacts. The story of a man’s struggle to see the light.
To mark the centenary of the poet Joan Maragall, Benecé Produccions and TV3 produced a documentary about his life.
This documentary was broadcast in autumn 2012 by Catalonia’s TV.
It’s divided in 5 parts: The great optimist; The bubbly city; The bard of Nature; The acrimonious consciousness; The metaphysical questioner.
Narrated by a voice-over combined with testimonies of several experts on Maragall’s poetry, this documentary recreates the time when Maragall lived and the places that were significant for his literary work.
Art photographer Ramón purchases a painting in an auction house in Barcelona. The painting is an anonymous portrait from the nineteenth century and according to Ramón and the peculiar experts surrounding him, is nothing less than a Goya painting in the shade…
This story is the starting point of a personal journey to Goya, a contemporary trip through the art world, Goya’s universe and the extraordinary legends surrounding him.
Every family has its secrets. My grandfather was executed by firing squad after the civil war for committing three armed robberies. Was he an anarchist or just a common thief? Nobody has ever known. The person who could have helped in my search for an answer was my grandmother, Leonor, but she suffered from senile dementia and has already passed away. The only clue I have is a name. This personal journey reflects upon the loss of historical memory and the search for one’s own identity.
TERRA D’ESPERANÇA / HOPE’S LAND (2007)
Written and Directed by: Jordi Call
A group of musicians from Catalonia and Argentina have joined together to create a platform for artistic exchange between the two countries in order to create the ‘soundtrack of immigration’, a homage to all those who have crossed the Atlantic in one direction or the other in search of a new future. Throughout the trip, immigrants from both countries share their experiences, memories and favourite songs with the musicians.
Painter, writer, collector and playwright, Santiago Rusiñol is a landmark in the modernization and cultural normalization of 1930′s Catalonia. Despite being the heir to the family business, Rusiñol opted to take up the life of an artist and devote himself professionally to painting. He left Catalonia to study in Paris (Montmartre) from 1889 to 1893. Besides the artist’s charismatic personality, was his remarkable ability to portray himself as the modern artist, the priest of art and defender of art for art’s sake in a materialistic, prosaic society, and to turn this image, with the backing of literature and his activity in public, into legend.
EL DIBUIXANT / THE SKETCHER (2005)
Written and Directed by: Marcel·lí Antúnez
A glance to the contemporary art since the 80’s until today through an immersion to the art work, life and artistic obsessions of Marcel·lí Antúnez. The drawing of a large mural and a series of animations build up the fabric of the film, which, narrated in the first person, shows us this artist’s own private universe.
”Argan” means ”olive tree” in the Berber language. It’s also the name chosen for the musical fusion project between traditional Berber musicians and Catalan jazz players. This documentary is about this musical and social experience, over eight months of dialogue between sounds and cultures.
The Dragon House is a documentary film about Bhutan. This Asian country has preserved its culture and traditions for millenniums. Nowadays it is experiencing huge changes. It is a unique country in the world, due to the fact that it has been isolated for centuries. Those changes will not be explained by voice-over. Images and protagonists of those changes will tell us what is happening today in Bhutan.
BUTHAN’S SECRET (2005)
Directed by: Jon Garaño
Written by: Jon Garaño / Aiala Fernández
Bhutan Secret reveals the last of the Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas; Bhutan, a place of spectacular natural beauty and age-old traditions, which is undergoing a process of change after opening up to the outside world. The underlying theme is the culture of Bhutanese traditional medicine, an ancient tradition closely linked to the Buddhist faith and to the geographic and cultural characteristics of the country.
In 1918 the poet and boxer Arthur Cravan disappeared without a trace in the Gulf of Mexico. Today, another boxer-artist, the film director Frank Nicotra, sets out on an investigation which will follow in the mysterious footsteps of Cravan from Switzerland to Mexico, passing through Paris, London and Barcelona, where he fought a legendary challenge match against the world heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson.
Visual poetry about the premiere at “La Villette”, in Paris, of the last performance by the musician and composer Carles Santos. A circus opera to travel far away through the art of lyric and the imagination of this peculiar artist.
On Tuesday September 22, 1998, General Augusto Pinochet flew to London on a pleasure trip. There he rested for several days. He went for afternoon tea with Margaret Thatcher… But all of a sudden he was afflicted by severe back pain and was operated on in a London clinic. When he came to, he was arrested by the police. Who was responsible for making this possible? Two years earlier, Carlos Castresana, a young attorney, discovered an article which allowed legal action to be taken against Pinochet.
The story of a tale no-one wanted to hear. The distant echo of a voice silenced by history. A cadaver without name. or with an imaginary name: Mulibahan. Mulibahan was an African aborigine preserved 170 years ago and put on exhibition at the Dauder Museum of Banyoles. Based on the controversy of the “negro” of Banyoles and the tales of the African Bushmen.