Barcelona: A Film City

Many tourists have felt attracted to Barcelona because of the movies which were filmed here. There are films that convey the atmosphere and the features of the city and its main monuments through different point of views all of them engaging and humanist in their own ways.

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Take note of this list of Barcelona films: if you watch them before traveling here, you will see how our Gothic Quarter Tour takes you to many of those places!

Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona: The best of Woody Allen

One of the most famous films recorded in Barcelona is Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona (2008). It is recent but, most important of all, it’s a genuine Woody Allen film! This special and forgotten-by-Hollywood director fell in love with this city and decided to film this romantic drama starring Scarlett Johansson and two of the best Spanish actors: Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

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It is very likely that, thanks to this Barcelona film, the city will host the only Woody Allen Museum in the world! The City Council, the director and some Spanish companies are working on this project, which could be a great new attraction for travellers such as yourself. CityTellers will inform you about this very soon!

All About My Mother: The best of Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar is the most famous Spanish director. Originally from the Castilla-La Mancha region, he is also linked to Barcelona. His Oscar-winning film All About My Mother (1999) was filmed in Barcelona. The film is a peculiar drama about existentialism. Almodóvar won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000 for All About My Mother.

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In addition to Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona and All About My Mother, Barcelona has been chosen as the setting for many other films. Comedies like L’Auberge Espagnole (2002), history films like Land and Freedom (1995) and horrors like the first three films in the REC series (2007-2014) have been filmed in the city. The genius of Antoni Gaudi has also attracted some directors, like John Alaimo who worked on in Una Visión Inacabada (1974) a film about the artist. Also you can see places of these films in Gaudi Tour Barcelona.  A 1984 documentary by Teshigahara and Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation (2012), by Stefan Haupt, are other films about that Modernist artist.

Barcelona: A city of many Film Festivals

Besides being the setting for specific movies, Barcelona is host to many film festivals every year. One of them is L’Alternativa, an opportunity for alternative directors to show their works. It promotes original films and more than 170 movies from across the world are screened during the festival. D’Autor celebrates auteur cinema and is the perfect festival for discovering new talent in filmmaking.

The Festival de Cinema Independent de Catalunya, which is held in mid-October each year, takes place in Sitges, one of the most beautiful villages in the Barcelona region. They screen a collection of movies in the fantasy genre and it is an opportunity to see and possibly meet film stars from the United States, Asia and other countries as well as local actors and directors.

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