Tag Archives: Catalan

Ventura Pons – Barcelona (un mapa) AKA Barcelona: A Map (2007)


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Synopsis:
Timid, elderly Ramon once worked at a Barcelona theater, later burned down, where he enjoyed dressing up in women’s costumes. He’s now married to Ros and owns a house whose rooms he has rented out.Wishing to spend his last days in peace, Ramon visits his tenants to ask them to leave. Read More »

    Carlos Benpar – Cineastes contra magnats AKA Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005)

    This is the first of a series of two documentaries concerning the way the cinema industry is not respecting the author works as they were conceived, in the many ways this can be done. This first documentary is dedicated to technical ways that industry implements thinking to be an improvement to make better public oriented movies, but what’s really happening is that these works are being sadly manipulated. Read More »

      Pere Portabella – No compteu amb els dits (1967)

      Quote:
      The medium-length film No compteu amb els dits, Pere Portabella’s first work as a director, starts with the following phrase: “defeated…but not conquered”. This may or should be taken as an allusion to the technical K.O. taken by Portabella from Franco’s regime during the sixties as regards his work as a producer. Through the extremely raging playthings of the words of Catalan poet Joan Brossa, Portabella attempts to dismantle the forms of advertising discourse of that time. —pereportabella.com Read More »

        Carla Simón – Estiu 1993 AKA Verano 1993 AKA Summer 1993 (2017)

        Quote:
        Written by the director herself and drawing on her own memories and impressions, Summer 1993 stars child actress Laia Artigas as Frida and Bruna Cusí (Uncertain Glory) and David Verdaguer (10.000 km [+]) as the aunt and uncle of the little girl they take in after the death of her mother. The couple’s own daughter, even younger than Frida, welcomes her new sister with open arms and without a flicker of jealousy, but Frida has a hard time adapting to her new home. Read More »

          Albert Serra – Honor de cavalleria aka Honour of the knights (2006)

          Matt Zoller Seitz (The New York Times) wrote:
          Elmore Leonard once said that the key to telling an exciting story was leaving out the parts that people skip. The “Don Quixote” adaptation “Quxiotic/Honor de Cavalleria” is composed of little else.

          In adapting Miguel de Cervantes’s novel about the senile would-be knight, Don Quixote (Lluís Carbó), and his sidekick, Sancho Panza (Lluís Serrat), the film’s writer and director, Albert Serra, favors landscape imagery and natural sounds over dialogue and music. Read More »