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.
The documentary series España dividida, la Guerra Civil en color is going out to the world and will eventually be broadcast in 160 countries. So far the series has been watched in 50 countries, a figure which will soon rise to well beyond one hundred. All of them are members of Discovery Networks CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East). To this list has been added the African continent, and from 27 November the series will be available in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenia, Mauritania and Senegal, to name but a few.
España dividida, la Guerra Civil en color is a documentary series of three 45-minute episodes using, for the first time in our country, original material from the Spanish Film Archive (Filmoteca Española) which has been restored and coloured.
DMAX has broadcast the documentary series produced by Minoria Absoluta The Civil War in Colour in more than 50 countries in Europe, America and Asia. It has broadcast the documentary series Divided Spain, The Civil War in Colour and the feature-length version Spain in Two Trenches, The Civil War in Colour. Broadcast was scheduled for July 2017 in countries as diverse as Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Guatemala, Portugal, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the United Kingdom, to mention but a few.
Divided Spain, The Civil War in Colour is a documentary series of three 45-minute episodes which makes use of, for the first time in Spain, original footage from the Civil War collection at the Filmoteca Española. A feature film called Spain in Two Trenches, The Civil War in Colour, was made from material produced for the documentary series Divided Spain, The Civil War in Colour.
Produced by DMAX channel in collaboration with VEO TV and the Filmoteca Española, the series is a unique opportunity for watching and getting an understanding of the events in Spain during one of the darkest periods of its contemporary history, and for the first ever time in colour.
DMAX is giving the first screening to DIVIDED SPAIN: THE CIVIL WAR IN COLOUR, an ambitious documentary production portraying a crucial episode in our country’s history as never seen before. Thanks to the cutting-edge colourisation of footage that survived both the war and the ravages of time, this three-episode series offers a new and different perspective on the conflict in all-colour film.
2016 is the year of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the war which devastated and divided the country.
On Thursday 17 November at 10.30 pm the first of the series’ three 60-minute episodes will be screened. It is the first Spanish-produced documentary in colour to narrate the dramatic events that took place in Spain between 1936 and 1939. Using footage from the Spanish Civil War collection preserved in the Filmoteca Española national archive, as well as material from other archives in Spain and around the world, the series shows the events that took place, the people who took part and the places that suffered the ravages of war. Following in the footsteps of other ambitious European productions, this series deals with the events from an impartial and informative perspective and, for the first time, completely in colour.
“When Discovery Networks and VEO TV were considering the project, we jumped at the chance because it was a fantastic opportunity to approach a period of history that is crucial to the history of Spain in a unique and different way.” “People like us who are used to seeing it in black and white accept it. But younger people want to see the Civil War as it was. And the key is being able to see it in colour”,
Director of Divided Spain: The Civil War in Colour
To ensure historical accuracy, the project has been supervised by the British historian Antony Beevor, a world expert in military history and one of the most influential international historians of the Spanish Civil War.
After each of the three episodes DMAX will broadcast The Civil War in Colour, The View of the Historians, a documentary series of three, 60-minute episodes with 18 world-renowned historians discussing the Spanish Civil War, taking the series Divided Spain: The Civil War in Colour as their starting point.
The result is a variety of viewpoints which will enrich enjoyment of Divided Spain: The Civil War in Colour.
Veo Televisión and Minoria Absoluta in collaboration with DMAX present España en dos trincheras, la Guerra Civil en color, 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 seen before: in colour.
A team of over 50 people has worked for a year and a half, under the direction of Francesc Ecribano and Luis Carrizo to produce an audiovisual work that relates, in an objective manner, 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.
The feature-length documentary is to be screened at the Valladolid International Film Festival – Seminci.