La gent de L’escala at INPUT 2019

The documentary La gent de l’escala (Those People on the Steps) is being screened at the prestigious INPUT 2019  festival (International Public TV Screening Conference), which is being held in Bangkok from 6 to 10 of May.

Under the title Was There, the festival is offering three documentaries telling different stories from the point of view of the people involved in them; stories which often differ from the official versions.

The documentary will be presented on Friday 10 May by Francesc Escribano, director, together with Jordi Fusté, of La gent de l’escala.

The documentary was first broadcast on 1 October 2018 on TV3 as part of the programme Sense Ficció, with a magnificent audience of 24.5% of share and 638,000 viewers.

IDEAL IS HERE, THE FIRST CENTRE FOR DIGITAL ARTS

Minoria Absoluta presents IDEAL (Immersive, Digital, Exhibition, Arts, Lab) the first centre for digital arts in Spain.  It is an ambitious project which will revive activity in the old Ideal Cinema (1917) in the Poble Nou district.  The project includes an investment over 5 years of €8.5m and 2,000 m2 dedicated to the creation, training in and promotion of digital culture.  This space will comprise an area for immersive exhibitions with a Dome, a lab for creative technology, a virtual reality zone, a café and offices.

Along with Minoria Absoluta, the initiative is spearheaded by DigaliXMIRA FestivalEyesberg and Magma Cultura as partners, and Exhibition HubBerliner FestpieleSat Montreal and Base Milano as international partners.

IDEAL will open in October with the exhibition Monet: an immersive artistic experience and a new production from Ouchhh, the famously trailblazing digital studio.

SPAIN AFTER THE WAR; THE FRANCO DICTATORSHIP IN COLOUR, A NEW PROJECT FROM MINORIA ABSOLUTA

Following the success of España dividida, la Guerra Civil en color (Divided Spain: The Civil War in Colour), DMAX and Minoria Absoluta are embarking on a new project in the same vein which shows Spain during the years of the Francoist dictatorship from an unusual point of view, using the latest techniques in digital image processing and colouring. España después de la guerra:el franquismo en color (Spain after the War: Francoism in Colour) colourizes images, mainly from NO-DO news reels, to provide viewers with a fresh view of the post-war period and the dictatorship by way of digitalized and colourized film.

This documentary film, which will be screened on DMAX channel in 2019, will be a combination of strict historical rigor and the necessary pace and rhythm to create a truthful and vibrant account of almost four decades of history, all with the novelty and immediacy provided by colour images. Spain after the War: Francoism in Colour is the fruit of two years of intense production work by a twenty-five-strong team which has examined and restored more than 500 NO-DO films.  200,000 stills and 3,500 shots have been colourized.  In order to recount vital episodes which were not filmed, photographs, press cuttings and documents have been used which have been processed with the latest techniques of motion graphics.

Layers of Reality at LOOP Barcelona

Layers of Reality – a project by Minoria Absoluta, Digalix and Magma Cultura centred on immersive reality is showing at the LOOP Barcelona international video-art fair a 360° virtual reality video featuring the musician Peter Theremin, great-grandson of the creator of the instrument which bears his name, playing the piece Séptima Setena Deriva Musical. This performance is part of Archivo Nacional, a project by the Nascimento/Lovera collective from Venezuela which aims to recover fragments of history, both collective and individual, through a series of interventions in public spaces.

This piece of 360-degree video art is being shown at the Hotel Almanac from November 20 to 22 as part of the professional section of LOOP Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia in 360º

Minoria Absoluta is making a solid commitment to virtual reality. This intention to venture further into the audiovisual world has led to the creation of Layers of Reality, a project that brings together technology, content and user experience.

Layers of Reality is a development by Minoria Absoluta, Digalix and Magma Cultura – an alliance which covers all the bases with teams of experts from the fields of audiovisual production, interactive programming development and technical services.

One of the first experiences from Layers of Reality is a video which shows, in all-round 360º vision, how the Sagrada Familia is being constructed. This immersive experience allows the viewer to discover, with complete freedom of movement, what it is like working on the construction of this emblematic church 80 meters above the ground, giving them an operative’s-eye view of the process.

This recording is part of the production of the documentary Megaestructuras: Sagrada Familia which the National Geographic channel commissioned from Minoria Absoluta, and shows the final phase of the construction of Antoni Gaudí’s most famous design. During production a 360º camera was set up to allow us to see what a day’s work is like up amongst the building’s spectacular half-built towers.

You can watch the video on the National Geographic YouTube channel HERE.

 

Premiere of Megaestructuras: La Sagrada Familia

On Monday 29 October, the international channel National Geographic will premiere the documentary from the series Megaestructuras featuring the construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  The documentary shows how a stone cathedral is built in the twenty-first century in the middle of an urban environment like Barcelona, with the added difficulty of the presence of thousands of visitors everyday who have come to admire Antoni Gaudí’s posthumous work.

Megaestructuras: Sagrada Familia reveals the methodology which speeded up the rate of construction, which is now embarking on the erection of the building’s six towers, one of which – the Tower of Jesus – will make it the tallest church in the world.

The production, by National Geographic in collaboration with Minoria Absoluta, will be premiered around the world on the National Geographic international network in 172 countries and 43 languages. This episode can be seen in countries such as France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Italy, Holland, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, and Ireland, amongst others

 

SPAIN IN TWO TRENCHES, THE CIVIL WAR IN COLOR AT THE ALBA HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

The feature-length film Spain in Two Trenches, The Civil War in Color has been chosen to take part in the official section of the ALBA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The festival is being held from 21 to 23 September in New York, and the film will be screened on Saturday 22 at 4 pm.  There will be a post-screening talk led by Josephine Labanyi, head of the Spanish and Portuguese department at New York University.

Joan Pera wins best award at Seoul

Joan Pera has won Best Actor for his role as Pau Casals in the TV movie The Power of Silence at the prestigious Seoul International Drama Awards. Joan Pera collected the prize in Seoul at the award ceremony of the reputed TV drama festival, now in its thirteenth year, which featured 250 entries from over 50 countries around the world.

The film, a fictionalised account of actual events directed by Manuel Huerga, was first screened on 3 November 2017 on TV3, with a 16.2% audience share making it one of the most watched productions in recent years in the La gran pel·lícula slot.

Joan Pera was also nominated for the Golden Nymph Awards at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, where he was given the Monaco Red Cross prize.

JOAN PERA NOMINATED FOR BEST ACTOR AT THE SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DRAMA AWARDS FESTIVAL

Joan Pera has been nominated for the Best Actor award for his role as Pau Casals in the production The power of silence. The TV movie directed by Manuel Huerga and which also features Nao Albet, Carme Sansa and Marc Cartes, is a TV3, Minoria Absoluta and Euskal Telebista co-production.

The Seoul International Drama Awards, the world’s oldest festival of dramatized fiction, started 13 years ago with the aim of introducing drama from other countries to Korea and viceversa. This year’s edition features 250 works from over 50 countries.

The winners of this 13th edition will be announced at an awards ceremony being held in the Korean capital on 3 September.

SPAIN IN TWO TRENCHES, THE CIVIL WAR IN COLOUR AT THE HISTORICAL FILM FESTIVAL IN RUMANIA

The feature-length film Spain in Two Trenches, the Civil War in Colour has been chosen for The Histories and Film Festival in Râşnov  (FFIR), Rumania.  The film is a feature-length documentary in which, for the first time in Spain, original archive material from the Spanish Civil War has been digitalised to 4K and coloured to create a unique work that shows the civil war as never before: in colour.

It will be screened on Saturday 21 July as part of the official selection of the festival.

 

 

El Món d’Ahir WINS THE LAUS DE ORO FOR BEST PERIODICAL

The quarterly magazine El Món d’Ahir has won the prestigious Laus de Oro for best periodical publication, awarded by the ADG-FAD-Association of Art Directors and Graphic Designers.

The magazine was also awarded the Silver Laus for best cover. Run Design studio was commissioned by Minoria Absoluta to create and implement the design of the magazine.

The aim of the graphics was to generate a visual discourse parallel with the written word. This may be at times complimentary but also confrontational, producing debate or contradiction.

We were aiming for a simple and honest publication, but also a magazine with something which made it more of an object; the colouring in the margins turns it into a block of colour, as if it were a sealed box tempting the public.

(Run Design)

Every year the ADG Laus Prizes for Grafic Design and Visual Communication go to the best work in over 50 sections divided into five categories: Graphic Design, Digital, Publicity, Audiovisual, and Students.

The winners of the prizes were announced during the Nit Laus, held in Barcelona on 8 June.

 

The power of silence WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS MONACO RED CROSS PRIZE

The power of silence directed by Manuel Huerga and starring Joan Pera, Nao Albet and Carme Sansa, has been awarded the Monaco Red Cross Prize at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

The TV movie The power of silence was awarded the Monaco Red Cross Prize for exemplifying the fundamental principles of the Red Cross. The production has also been nominated for the Golden Nymph Awards for best feature-length fictional film and Joan Pera has been nominated for best actor at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival taking place from June 15 to June 19.

The powe of silence was coproduced by TV3, Minoria Absoluta and Euskal Telebista in collaboration with the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, the Région Occitanie and Slot Machine.