Bright sunny light, impressive architecture, history, cosmopolitan streets… Barcelona is one of the most used sets for movie and commercial shootings. Today we select a bunch of movies that take Barcelona as an atmosphere for their stories:
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008, Woody Allen)
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Barcelona become in love with the same painter. They are completely unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
The whole film is set in Barcelona, mainly in Born and Gòtic streets, the Collserola mountains and the top part of the city, as well as Tibidabo amusement park.
Biutiful (2010, Javier Bardem)
Uxbal, the single father of two children, finds his life in chaos as he is forced to deal with his manic depressive ex-wife and the heat of crime in underground Barcelona.
As in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, the whole film is set in Barcelona. But this time are the narrow streets of Raval quarter the perfect scene of the movie.
All about my mother (1999, Pedro Almodóvar)
Manuela is a hard-working single mom who has raised her son Esteban by herself. On his 17th birthday they go to the theatre and after the show, Esteban dies. Manuela decides to return to Barcelona to tell the boy’s transgender father Lola, about the death of the son he never knew he had.
The film is mainly set in the near-to-the-sea part of Barcelona (Born, Barceloneta and lower side of Raval)
L’auberge espagnole (2002, Cédric Klapisch)
A strait-laced French student moves into an apartment in Barcelona with a cast of six other characters from all over Europe. Together, they speak the international language of love and friendship.
A portrait of the “Erasmus Barcelona”: a hard beating city which is a melting pot for international youngsters.
Perfume: The story of murderer (2006, Tom Tykwer)
Based on the novel with the same title, Perfume tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: a man gifted with an extraordinary sense of smell in the 17th Century Paris. As he is obsessed to find the perfect perfume, bottling the essence of young virgins, he becomes a serial murderer.
Although the story is set in Paris, some locations of Barcelona and Girona were used for the film, such as Plaça de Sant Felip Neri and the Cathedral in Barcelona, or Sant Fèlix Stairway in Girona.
The machinist (2004, Brad Anderson)
Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment.
Some are the places of Barcelona that appear in the movie, such as the Tibidabo amusement Park, the Montjuïc cemetery and the Port Vell area.