España en dos trincheras, la guerra civil en color

From footage created for the documentary series España dividida, la Guerra civil en color – broadcast by Dmax – Minoria Absoluta has produced a feature film titled España en dos trincheras, la Guerra civil en color, which will be screened at various cinemas in Spain from 28 October.  Before its release there will be a preview at the Doré cinema in Madrid on 25 October and another at the Verdi cinema in Barcelona on Wednesday 26 October.

España en dos trincheras, la Guerra Civil en color 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.

A team of over 50 people worked for a year and a half under the direction of Francesc Ecribano and Luis Carrizo to produce an audiovisual work that narrates in an objective way one of the darkest periods of contemporary Spanish history.

The film was made possible by a laborious process of selection, digitalisation and colourising of the more than 450 films surviving from the Spanish Civil War.

Generació D

Marc wanted to be a mathematician but ended up studying telecommunications and starting his own company.  Anna wanted her life to be totally different from her parents’; Carlos, on the other hand, has always wanted to be like his parents.  Dani had it very clear that he wanted an electric guitar. Neus had very particular views on the subject of love and relationships, while Cristina has travelled widely to finally find her place in the world.   Israel was born into a family with very traditional views and had an emotionally complicated adolescence, while Xavier left the town of Tremp as soon as he could to become a professional photographer.  What this group of young people have in common is that they were all born in the last few months of Franco’s dictatorship.  They are part of Generation D, the first generation to have grown up during democracy. They first appeared on television in 1989, when they were between 15 and 17 years old. After that first contact, several TV3 teams have been tracking their progress.  They are part of a unique generation, and it is interesting to find out how they lead their lives and their views on life, and especially how their views change over time.  They have been interviewed every seven years:  first as teenagers, then as twenty-somethings, later in their thirties and now as they are approaching their forties.  Have they changed much? Is their outlook on life very different from what it was when they were adolescents? Do they still know what they want to do when they are grown up? Do they know themselves ?

Suñol, un crit valent

Suñol, un crit valent is a documentary produced by F.C. Barcelona and made by Minoria Absoluta.  It tells the story of Josep Suñol, who was president of Barça for little over a year but had a great effect on the club. This Catalan industrialist, owner of a sugar business and catalanista politician in the 1920’s and 30’s transformed Barça from a simple sports club to an institution playing a central role in Catalan life.

Pere Casaldàliga, les causes i la vida

Minoria Absoluta produced the documentary film entitled Pere Casaldàliga, les causes i la vida to coincide with the screening of the miniseries Descalzo sobre la tierra roja. The documentary, made during filming of the miniseries in Matto Grosso, takes us through the life, work and thought of bishop Pere Casaldàliga.

The documentary includes; filming during the making of the miniseries; footage from reports on Pere Casaldàliga produced by TV3 Televisió de Catalunya over the 30 years of the channel’s existence (two programmes by 30 minuts in 1985 and 1992, the programme Paral·lel in 1999, Pere Casaldàliga, militant de l’esperança in 2005, and the programme Persones humanes de 1995); as well as unseen footage of the bishop in São Félix d’Araguaia filmed by  Francesc Escribano in 1998 when he went to visit him while researching his book on which the miniseries is based.

All this material leads us to a greater understanding of the thought of bishop Casaldàliga as he talks about his relationship with the Church, decries the passivity of the developed world regarding the exploitation of indigenous people, and discusses his feelings about Catalonia, his choice of lifestyle and struggle against social injustice.

Macià contra Companys, les claus del 14 d’abril

Macià contra Companys, les claus del 14 d’abril, is a documentary produced by Minoria Absoluta for the TV3 programme Sense ficció based on the TV movie 14 d’abril, Macià contra Companys, also produced by Minoria Absoluta.

Various historians discuss the context in which the story of the film unfolded. The film’s actors, scriptwriter and director also have their say.

L’Equip Ideal

In 2006 FC Barcelona and UNICEF signed a global alliance to promote the development of programmes designed to help thousands of boys and girls in vulnerable situations around the world.

L’equip ideal tells the story of five children from Ghana and shows how sport, via these programmes, helps them to better themselves. The documentary centres on the daily lives of Joyce, Bernice, Salamatu, Bawa and Benjamin.  They are all between 12 and 18 years old, come from deprived social backgrounds and do some type of sport.  It is this fact of doing sport that enables them to take on board a series of values, such as teamwork, discipline and accepting defeat, amongst others.

To emphasise the educational importance of sport, as well as the five main figures, L’equip ideal also includes input from various experts (teachers, heads of NGOs, Unicef workers, the children’s family members, etc.) and Carles Puyol, the captain of FC Barcelona’s first team.

L’equip ideal also shows the social and economic environment the five children live in, touching on aspects such as poverty, child labour, lack of educational material, absenteeism of teachers, and sexually transmitted diseases.

El Bulli, l’últim vals

elBulli, l’últim vals is a documentary coproduced by Minoria Absoluta and Visual 13 showing the spectacular final meal served at elBulli before it closed its doors to reopen as a foundation.

This last supper was dished up on 30 July 2011 with only one film crew to witness it; that of elBulli l’últim vals. For that last night Ferran Adrià brought together some of the world’s most prestigious chefs who had all at some point worked at elBulli; René Redzepi (Noma), Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca), Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz), Grant Achat (Alinea), Massimo Bottura (Ostreria Francescana) and José Andrés (Think food Group).

In a very personal interview the documentary also gives an insight into Ferran Adrià’s feelings on the whole experience.

Cop al banc central

Minoria Absoluta produced the documentary Cop al Banc Central, directed by Neus Sala. It tells the story of the events of the weekend of 23 and 24 May 1981 when an armed gang raided the headquarters of the Central Bank in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona and took 263 people hostage.  Using the voices of the people involved, especially the testimony of the leader of the gang, Juan José Martínez, alias El Rubio, the documentary looks into the events surrounding the raid, which turned the bank into the political and military focal point of Spain for two days.  Politicians, policemen, journalists and hostages relate, for the first time, their experience of those days, and how they unwittingly became central figures in the biggest bank raid in the history of democratic Spain.

The documentary includes accounts from, amongst others, Jordi Pujol, the then president of the Generalitat; Narcís Serra, the then mayor of Barcelona; General Aramburu Topete, director general of the Guardia Civil in 1981; and Enrique Esteban, the head of the GEOs, an elite police special operations group. Cop al Banc Central was broadcast by TV3 and TVE.

Buscando a Cervantes

Buscando a Cervantes is an innovative docufiction in which the actor Alberto San Juan approaches Miguel de Cervantes from two angles; as an interviewer questioning experts on his life and work, and playing the role of the great writer, creating a twin narrative providing rhythm and interest.

Despite being one of the most celebrated authors in the world, our knowledge of the life of Miguel de Cervantes is riddled with unknowns, making it difficult to draw up an accurate biography.  Buscando a Cervantes aims to shed light on these shadowy areas by answering questions such as, where and when was he born? Was he well-off or did he struggle financially? What do we know about his personal life? Did he really have only one arm? Did he want to be a writer? What made El Quijote successful? Who wrote El Quijote de Avellaneda?

Buscando a Agirre

Buscando a Agirre (Looking for Agirre) is a documentary directed by Francesc Escribano forming part of the EiTB audiovisual project looking back at the figure and values of Jose Antonio Agirre, the first president (lehendakari) of the Basque government 80 years ago.

The cornerstone to the documentary is the presence of the actor Daniel Grao who, after receiving the offer to play lehendakari Agirre, sets off on a search for the character. The documentary accompanies Grao on his journey exploring the personal and sentimental geography of the lehendakari with the objective of composing a human portrait of the historic Basque leader and being able to play him.

This is the starting point of the film, an innovative set up that reinvents documental biography and introduces elements of fiction.

Grao is joined by various experts who have made detailed studies of Agirre, as well as people who knew him. Parallel to this journey, the actor plays the character to depict key points of his life, based on actual speeches and writings by the lehendakari.

Buscando a Agirre is a Minoria Absoluta and New Digital Media Euskadi coproduction.