Presentation of the book, “Barcelona, una ciutat de pel-lícula” (Barcelona, just like the movies)

The author, Eugeni Osácar, proposes twenty urban itineraries based on films that were made in the city

 

 

Well-known films such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, by Woody Allen, or All About My Mother, by Pedro Almodóvar have helped put Barcelona on the map as a setting for both national and international films.
 
With this in mind, at 7.30 pm on the 27th of June in the La Central bookshop on carrer Mallorca, Eugeni Osácar will be presenting Barcelona, una ciutat de pel·lícula, a book that reveals diverse views and perspectives of Catalonia’s capital city through films that have been shot there.
 
A co-publication of Diëresis and the Barcelona City Council, the book includes twenty urban itineraries that allow us to view the city as though we were watching films that were made here. Among others, Barcelona has been the setting for such recent films as Haywire, a thriller filmed in part by Steven Soderbergh in areas of Ciutat Vella, or Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem under the direction of Alejandro González Iñárritu.
 
Other classics that feature are The Passenger, by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider, the cult film The Tulse Luper Suitcases, by Peter Greenaway, or the French generational tragicomedy L’Auberge Español (also known as Pot Luck or The Spanish Apartment), by Cédric Klapisch, as well as Catalan successes such as Els Nens Salvatges, by Patricia Ferreira, or the first two parts of [REC], by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.
 
Apart from texts dedicated to each of the films under analysis, the book is illustrated with over a hundred film stills, photographs from film shoots and historic photos of actors and directors visiting and working in Barcelona.
Publication date: Monday, 17 June 2013
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