I’ve been a Barcelona aficionada since I can remember, still my interest resurfaced after I watched my now favourite movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I’m pretty certain that I would be madly in love with Scarlett Johansson if I were a man… and after this movie I probably would have fallen in love with Penelope too! What an actress!!! Talk about an Oscar well deserved.
I believe that a really good movie can be influential and life changing! This movie certainly has been for me.
“Barcelona provides the dazzling backdrop to the film. The modernista architecture, Gaudí, the museums, cuisine, the charming narrow streets and squares tucked away in the old quarter are real locations which reaffirm the city’s place as a magnet for lovers of cultural tourism.”
A must see for everyone!
And what better way to prepare for a trip or a move than researching what the moviemakers have to offer? Barcelona has become incredibly popular among commercial and movie makers alike and here are just a couple of my must-see movies before the move:
“The film tells the story of a French graduate student who goes to study in Barcelona as part of the Erasmus Scheme and shares an apartment with seven other students from all over Europe. In this mini Tower of Babel he lives a somewhat chaotic and informal life, marked by a permanent diversity which is continually on show.
In the words of the director Cédric Klapisch, Barcelona was the ideal city to shoot this film, because it is highly photogenic. He also added that it is a city that has attained a mythical status for many young people in Europe who dream of visiting it. La Rambla, the Park Güell, the Sagrada Família and the Barceloneta beaches are just some of the areas that reveal this open, Mediterranean city steeped in history and culture.
Salvador Puig Antich
“The Catalan-British co-production is based on rigorously documented real events which took place during the last years of the Franco regime, a period relatively unexplored by film-makers. It tells the story of, a young anarchist who fights for freedom by every possible means, aware of the possible consequences and the tragic and unduly heavy price he would have to pay for his actions, which made him a symbol for an entire generation.”
Todo Sobre Mi Madre
Oscar winning, heart-wrenching story about a mother who moves to Barcelona to find the father of her dead son.
“For the first time, Almodóvar decided that the main setting for one of his films would be Barcelona instead of Madrid, and feature such well-known landmarks as the Sagrada Família and the Palau de la Música Catalana”.
In fact the Barcelona Tourism Board offers “Barcelona Movie Walks” aka sightseeing tours visiting the places where these (among others) movies were shot! Cool!
All pics and reviews are from the Barcelona Movie website