Barcelona School of Film

The Barcelona School of Film was a 1960s group of Catalan filmmakers, concerned with the disruption of daily life by the unexpected, whose stylistic affinities lie with the pop art movement of the same years.


Their aim was to move away from the social realist films that had become associated with the New Spanish Cinema. They took cues from the French New Wave. The most important representative of the Barcelona School of Film was Vicente Aranda with his film Fata Morgana (1965).

From the so-called Escuela de Barcelona, originally more experimentalist and cosmopolitan, come Vicente Aranda, Jaime Camino, and Gonzalo Suárez, who made their master works in the 1980s.

Brilliant Future

Promising Future (Spanish: Brillante Porvenir) is a 1965 Spanish film directed by Vicente Aranda and Román Gubern. Set in Neorealism style, the plot was inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's the Great Gatsby.

Starring Germán Cobos and Italian actress Serena Vergano, it was shot in 35 mm in black and white in Castelldefels, Sitges and Barcelona.

Catalan cinema

The term Catalan cinema encompasses film productions produced and acted preferably by people from the Catalan Countries. In Spain, it is a subset of Spanish cinema, and includes movies both in Catalan and Spanish.

The Catalan Academy of Cinema was created to recognize and support Catalan productions, and annually commemorates the best films with the Gaudí Awards.

Jacinto Esteva Grewe

Jacinto Esteva Grewe (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 1936 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, September 9, 1985) was a Spanish film director one of the founders of the Barcelona School of Film.

He studied Philosophy and Letters in Barcelona and four courses of Architecture in Geneva (Switzerland), specializing in urban planning at the Sorbonne in Paris (France).

In 1960, he directed a short film by Paolo Brunatto, Notes sur l'émigration. Espagne 1960. In 1962, he filmed two additional shorts: Alrededor de las salinas and Picasso. 1966 marked his debut feature release with the film Far from the trees. The film, which wasn't released for seven years after its production, was considered by some critics as an update of Luis Buñuel's Land Without Bread.In 1965, he began his work in the film industry with the founding of the company Filmscontacto, based on the so-called Barcelona School of Film. His last film was Después del diluvio (After the Flood). At the time of his death, he had prepared a script with Luis Azcona, Icarus, which was not carried out.

Outline of Barcelona

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Barcelona:

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Serena Vergano

Serena Vergano born Adalgisa Serena Maggiora Vergano (25 August 1943 in Milan, Italy), is an Italian actress. She was the muse of the Barcelona School of Film, acting in many of the films of this movement.

The Exquisite Cadaver

The Exquisite Cadaver (Spanish: Las Crueles) AKA: The Cruel Ones is a 1969 Spanish art house exploitation film directed by Vicente Aranda, based on the short story Bailando Para Parker written by Gonzalo Suárez. The plot follows a well-to-do publisher and family man who begins to receive severed body parts in the mail two years after his mistress committed suicide. Along with one of these bloody parcels is a letter of blackmail from the dead woman's former lesbian lover, who seeks vengeance.

Vicente Aranda

Vicente Aranda Ezquerra (Spanish: [biˈθente aɾanˈða eθˈkera]; 9 November 1926 – 26 May 2015) was a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer.Due to his refined and personal style, he was one of the most renowned Spanish filmmakers. He started as a founding member of the Barcelona School of Film and became known for bringing contemporary Spanish novels to life on the big screen. Aranda was also noted for exploring difficult social issues and variations on the theme of desire while using the codes of melodrama.

Love as uncontrollable passion, eroticism and cruelty are constant themes in his filmography. The frank examination of sexuality is one of the trademarks of his work, as seen in his most internationally successful film: Amantes (1990) (Lovers).

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