In the mid-1940s Pau Casals is considered the best musician of his day. He lives in exile in Prades in France, from where he tries to help republican families in need, while often having to hide from the Gestapo who control the area. As a protest, the maestro has decided to not play in public while Franco is in power and western countries do nothing to bring about his overthrow. Meanwhile, he makes ends meet by giving cello classes. One of his students is Pierre, a young Frenchman who is especially affected by the fact that a great musician of Pau Casals’s calibre is not offering his talent to the whole world. The young man tries to persuade the cellist to give up his silent protest, arguing that a concert would create such a stir that it would act as a platform from which to denounce the injustices being committed in Spain. Pierre enlists the help of Schneider, a violinist friend of Pau’s, who pulls all the strings he can, meeting up with acquaintances of Casals’s and making arrangements with influential people to achieve his aim. Finally, the student and the friend break down the maestro’s resistance and Pau Casals gives the long-awaited concert, which is met with great international acclaim. It is the first step towards Casals reassuming a full and active public life and becoming a leading light in the fight for freedom around the world.
Descalç sobre la terra vermella is a TV miniseries based on the book of the same name by Francesc Escribano, with screenplay by María Jaén and Marcos Bernstein. It recounts the life of a Catalan bishop, Pere Casaldàliga – an emblematic figure in Catalonia, Spain and Latin America – and his tireless struggle on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged in the Mato Grosso region in Brazil.
The film combines action and mysticism in equal parts with stunning camerawork showing the landscape of the Mato Grosso as well as the shocking human and social backdrop to the action.
The miniseries has been awarded the following prizes:
The Gaudí Prize for best TV film
Best TV Movie and Best Script at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2014 (SDA)
Gold Medal 2014 New York Festival International TV & Films Awards in the category of miniseries
2 Fipa awards(Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels) in Biarritz, for best actor (Eduard Fernández) and best music (David Cervera).
Best TV Film at the Festival Internacional Zoom Igualada and runner up in Best Miniseries at the Prix Europa Festival
Cervantes contra Lope is a TV movie portraying the confrontation at the beginning of the 17th century between two of European literature’s most famous writers, Miguel de Cervantes and Félix Lope de Vega. The subject is treated as a documentary. A TV crew from the 21st century is sent to Madrid in 1614 to interview Cervantes, Lope and people from their circle. The Quijote de Avellaneda has just been published and a bitter quarrel has broken out between the two literary geniuses. The documentary looks at the intrigue surrounding the identity of Avellaneda, while showing Cervantes and Lope as two brilliant individuals plagued with self-doubt and feelings of failure.
14 d’Abril, Macià contra Companys is a Minoria Absoluta production for TV3. It is a television drama filmed as a documentary made in 1932 but using techniques, style and resources from 2011. Thanks to this device the main figures from one of the key episodes of Catalan twentieth-century history comment on events in first person, while a fly-on-the-wall camera helps us to relive the events that took place in Barcelona between 14 and 17 April 1931, the three days the Catalan Republic lasted. The film shows how Companys’ inspired yet short-lived grand gesture, redirected along independentist lines by Macià, led to raucous confrontation between the two great names of our contemporary history. It was a bold move which helped bring about the downfall of the king and made Catalan self-government a reality for the first time since 1714.
14 d’Abril: Macià contra Companys was shown at the San Sebastián Festival in the Zabaltegi-Especiales section. It won the Gaudí Prize for best TV film. It was also shown at the Made in Catalonia Film Festival in Melbourne.