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Films about (or set in) Barcelona

Whether you want to get an idea of what Barcelona looks like, or you've been here and want to reminisce, here are a few films about or at least filmed in, Barcelona. Make a big bowl of popcorn (or maybe some Bravas and croquettas) and enjoy:

    • Biutiful. Directed by Alejandro Gonzálex Iñárritu (2010).
      From the director of Amores Perros, this film brings Javier Bardem back to Barcelona for this chilling drama. Bardem won Best Actor at Cannes and was nominated for an Oscar for this role. TRAILER.


  • Rec. Jaume Balagueró & Paco Plaza (2007).
    A real-time horror film set throughout the city as a news reporter and her camera man shadow the local fire department for a night. TRAILER.
  • Inconscientes (Unconscious), Joaquín Oristrell (2004).
    Set in 1914 this is a fun period comedy showcasing lots of modernism. TRAILER.

  • Little Ashes, Paul Morrison (2008).
    Robert Patterson plays Dalí, although according to most reviews, he does so quite badly. Filmed in Barcelona and Cadaqués. TRAILER.
  • Barcelona, directed by Whit Stillman (1994).
    While filmed in the post-olypic era, the film is set in the 1980s as an expat and his American cousin try to navigate the Barcelona dating scene. TRAILER.
  • Salvador (Puig Antich). Directed by Manuel Huerga (2006).
    Based on the true story of a Catalan anarchist in the 1970s exectued under the Franco regime. TRAILER.
  •  Todo Sobre Mi Madre (All About My Mother), directed by Pedro Almodóvar (1999).
    Filmed in Madrid, A Coruña, and Barcelona. TRAILER.
  • Pan Negro, dir. Augustí Villaronga (2010).
    Dark drama about a boy growing up post-civil war in Catalunya. TRAILER.
  • Wheels on Meals, Sammo Hung Kam Bo (1984).
    Nothing like a Jackie Chan movie set entirely in Barcelona. FULL FILM. There is a great little montage at 54mins.

  • Tapas,  Jose Corbacho and Joan Cruz (2005).
    Interlocking stories of several neighbors in the suburb of l´hospatelet. TRAILER.
  • En la ciudad (In the City), Directed by Cesc Gay (2003).
    A middle class group of friends gets together often to talk about life and love. TRAILER.
  • The Machinist (la machinista), Brad Anderson (2004). 
    Almost cheating since the film is set in the US, but it was actually all filmed in Barcelona.  TRAILER.
  • Uncovered (La Tabla de Flandes), Jim McBride (1994).
    Can't find a trailer, but the film stars Kate Bekinsdale as she uncovers clues to an old murder while restoring a painting.

  • Mientras Duermes, (Sleep Tight) Jaume Balaquero (2011).
    Thriller about the portero of a Barcelona apartment building. TRAILER.

  • The Cheetah Girls 2, Kenny Ortega (2006).
    Horrible Disney film, but if you've got the stomach for it, click here. I think the entire film is on youtube.

  • Garbo: The Spy, dir. Edmond Roch (2009).
    A documentary about Joan Pujol Garcia, a spy during World War II. TRAILER

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**You can borrow many of these DVDs from La Casa, ask at reception.
*** If it's reading you're after, don't forget to check out our list of Books about Barcelona.

Let me know if I've missed something! Happy viewing!


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