Kike Maíllo is a Spanish film director and screenwriter. He is best known for Eva. From 1994 Maíllo studies at the Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Catalunya, his degree project was the short film Las cabras de Freud, with Tristán Ulloa in the lead role. Since 2000 he teaches screenwriting and directing the ESCAC. Kike Maíllo on IMDb
Casa Vicens is a house in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudí, now a museum. It is located in the neighbourhood of Gràcia on Carrer de les Carolines, 20-26, it is considered one of the first buildings of Art Nouveau and was the first house designed by Gaudí. The style of Casa Vicens is a reflection of Neo-Mudéjar architecture, one of the popular styles that can be seen throughout Gaudí's architecture, including oriental and neoclassical as well. However, what was unique about Gaudí was that he mixed different styles together and incorporated a variety of different materials, such as iron, ceramic tiles and concrete, many of which can be seen in this building. Gaudí broke away from tradition and created his new language of architecture, Casa Vicens represents a new chapter in the history of Catalan architecture as well as the beginning of a successful career for Gaudí. In 1883, Gaudí received the commission from Manuel Vicens i Montaner for the completion of a summer residence. In February 1883, Manuel Vicens requested permission from the City Council of Vila de Gràcia to build a summer house on Calle Sant Gervasi 26.
A month earlier he had requested permission to demolish the house he had inherited from his mother, Rosa Montaner given the poor state of conservation of the same. Although Mr. Manuel Vicens remains a quite unknown character, his will mentions his profession: brokerage and exchange, which would mean that he alleged his connection with ceramics and that he would be reinforced by the inventory of 1885 of the ceramic factory Pujol i Bausis, conserved in the Municipal Archive of Esplugues de Llobregat, there is documented Mr. Manuel Vicens i Montaner, of Gracia, as a debtor of 1,440 pesetas; this early work exhibits several influences, most notably the Moorish influence. Casa Vicens marks the first time Gaudí utilized an orientalist style, mixing together Hispano-Arabic inspiration; this was a style of architecture that breaks with the norm of the period. Not only does this house mark Gaudí's coming of age, being his first major work of architecture, but it represents the flowering of Catalan modern architecture.
The plans for construction date back to January 15, 1883. Gaudí was granted a construction permit on March 8 of the same year; this is recorded in the files of Las Corts de Sarriá. The house is constructed of undressed stone, rough red bricks, colored ceramic tiles in both checkerboard and floral patterns. At the time of this construction, Gaudí was just beginning his career. Gaudí graduated from the Provincial School of Architecture in Barcelona in 1878. Throughout his time in school and in the period shortly after, his work portrayed a rather Victorian style, similar to that of his predecessors; some characteristics of this style include the juxtaposition of geometric masses, the use of ceramic tiles and abstract brick ornamentation. In 1899, Casa Vicens was acquired by Dr. Antonio Jover, a surgeon from Havana, Cuba, the grandfather of the owners of the building prior to its sale to MoraBanc in 2014. In 1924, Jover moved into the house. Before that, it had only been used as a holiday home. During the time of his ownership the house was not open to the public.
However, the one day that visitors could enter was on 22 May for Saint Rita's day. In 1925, architect Juan Sierra de Martínez added on a new bay to the rear of the building, following the same style as Gaudí, significantly extended the size of the garden, he modified the main floor entrances. With the widening of Carrer de las Carolinas, the access to the house had to be changed; the former entrance was converted into windows that open directly on to the street and can still be seen today. These renovations were done with maximum respect for the original work, Gaudí himself approved these plans. During this time, he was busy constructing the Sagrada Família and was too busy to assist with the renovations for Casa Vicens. Martínez built a cupola-topped chapel dedicated to Saint Rita at the angle furthest from the house, he continued this project until its completion date in 1926. Due to this work, Martínez won the prize for the best and most emblematic building of the city of Barcelona in 1927, awarded by the city council.
A final restoration took place between the years 2001 and 2004. The aim of this restoration was to consolidate the furnishings; this work was done under architect Ignacio Herrero Jover. The roof of Casa Vicens has four gables. A small path was built around the edge of the roof that allows for easy and accessible maintenance if necessary. A characteristic seen throughout Gaudí's work is that the ventilation conducts and chimneys are intricately decorated in similar styles as the facade, adding to and extending the artistic drama of the architecture; the house is divided into four levels: two floors for living and a loft. The original building measured only 12 x 16 meters with two individual bays. A brick waterfall fountain was built as well; the basement is 302 meters2, the ground floor is 332 meters2 plus 22 meters2 of terrace, the first floor is 225 meters2 plus 79 meters2 of terrace, the second floor is 272 meters2. The total area of the house is 1266 meters2. On the ground floor, there is an extensive sitting-dining room, a small Turkish-style smoking room, two additional rooms.
This floor was elevated to allow for better ventilation and improved lighting of the basement. The second floor
Catalan Film Academy
The Catalan Film Academy is a non-profit organization located in Barcelona created to recognize Catalan film productions and professionals, with the objective of being a voice of the Catalan film industry. The Academy joins both creative and productive branches of filmmaking and scientifically, in the same way as the other film academies, it annually holds the Gaudí Awards. Joel Joan i Juvé Isona Passola i Vidal
Blancanieves is a 2012 Spanish black-and-white silent drama film written and directed by Pablo Berger. Based on the 1812 fairy tale "Snow White" by the Brothers Grimm, the story is set in a romantic vision of 1920s Andalusia. Berger calls it a "love letter to European silent cinema."Blancanieves was Spain's 85th Academy Awards official submission to Best Foreign Language category, but it did not make the shortlist. The film won the Special Jury Prize and an ex-aequo Best Actress "Silver Shell" Award for Macarena García at the 2012 San Sebastián International Film Festival, it was nominated in every category for which it was eligible at the 27th Goya Awards, winning ten Goya Awards, including the Best Film. Macarena García as Carmen Villalta / Blancanieves Maribel Verdú as Encarna, the evil stepmother Daniel Giménez Cacho as Antonio Villalta, the father Ángela Molina as Doña Concha, the grandmother Inma Cuesta as Carmen de Triana, the mother Sofía Oria as Carmencita, little Carmen Josep Maria Pou as Don Carlos, the impresario Ramón Barea as Don Martín, Antonio's manager Pere Ponce as Genaro Bilbao, Encarna's chauffeur Emilio Gavira as Jesusín The inspiration for the film began when writer-director Pablo Berger saw a photograph of bullfighting dwarves in España Oculta, by Cristina García Rodero.
By 2003, Berger had written Blancanieves and was working to raise funds for it soon after his film Torremolinos 73 was appearing at festivals. It was out of the blue. I was in my office in Madrid, doing the storyboards for my film, when a producer friend sent me a text message from the festival saying,'I've just seen The Artist, it's black and white and silent and it's going to be huge.' I threw my phone against the wall. The high concept was gone." According to Berger, Blancanieves is a "love letter to European silent cinema... French. Abel Gance for me is God. Movies like Napoleon, J'Accuse!, La Roue are extraordinary." On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Blancanieves holds an approval rating of 94%, based on 106 reviews, an average rating of 7.8/10. It's consensus reads, "Smartly written and beautiful to behold, Blancanieves uses its classic source material to offer a dark tale, delightfully told." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "Universal acclaim".
The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called it "extraordinarily enjoyable", awarding it five stars out of five and saying Pablo Berger "finds new life and heart in the old myth – more than the recent Hollywood retreads – and daringly locates possibilities for both evil and romance in the ranks of the dwarves themselves". A film to treasure."Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave the film four out of four stars, writing that the film "Is a full-bodied silent film of the sort that might have been made by the greatest directors of the 1920s, if such details as the kinky sadomasochism of this film's evil stepmother could have been slipped past the censors." He chose it to be shown at the 2013 Roger Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. List of black-and-white films produced since 1970 Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood, a 1995 documentary on the origin of European cinema List of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film List of Spanish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Official website Blancanieves on IMDb Blancanieves at Box Office Mojo Blancanieves at Rotten Tomatoes Blancanieves at Metacritic
Rossy de Palma
Rosa Elena García Echave, better known as Rossy de Palma, is a Spanish actress. De Palma's first major role was in 1988 in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, she became a model for designers Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Sybilla. She appeared in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanian Charity OrphanAid Africa, the face of luxury ad campaigns. Born in Palma de Mallorca, she was a singer and dancer for the band Peor Imposible before being discovered by filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar at a café in Madrid in 1986, she is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Flower of My Secret, Julieta. She does modeling, she appeared in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter as Pilar. In 2007, she released a perfume line under her name through Etat libre d'Orange. In 2009, she posed nude in an information campaign on breast cancer for the magazine Marie Claire.
She lives in France with her two sons. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In May 2017, she appeared in two commercials for "Carte Noire", she was one of the contestants during the first season of "Danse avec les stars". She is an ambassador for the charity OAfrica, which advocates for a family for every child in Ghana, West Africa, the closure of illegal orphanages. Rossy de Palma on IMDb
The so-called Pavellons Güell, or Güell Pavilions, is a complex of buildings in the neighborhood of Pedralbes, Barcelona, by the Catalan Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí, built between 1884 and 1887. Gaudí received the commission from his great patron. Güell had an estate in the Les Corts district of the small town of Sarrià, which included two pieces of land known as Can Feliu and Can Cuyàs de la Riera; the architect Joan Martorell i Montells, one of Gaudí’s teachers, had built a Caribbean-style mansion, which stood where the Palau Reial de Pedralbes now stands. This house was called Torre Satalia, so christened by a friend of the family. Gaudí was commissioned to build a perimeter wall with gates. Gaudí proposed an Orientalist design, somewhat reminiscent of Mudejar art, he planned an ashlar wall with several gates, of which the main gate would be a wrought-iron grille in the shape of a dragon, with glass eyes. Over the dragon there is another allusion to the Hesperides; the shape of the dragon corresponds with the position of the stars in the Serpens constellation, because Ladon was turned into a snake as a punishment for stealing the oranges.
The other three entrances to the estate became obsolete with the construction of Avinguda Diagonal: one of them still stands outside the cemetery of Les Corts, although its iron grille has been moved to the Gaudí Museum in the Parc Güell. The Pavilions consist of gatehouses; the stable is roofed with a high Catalan vault adopting a catenary curve. All three are surmounted by ventilators in the form of chimneys, faced with ceramics. All the buildings are built of brick in a range of shades from red to yellow, covered in coloured glass. Gaudí was partially responsible for the design of the estate’s gardens, where he built two fountains and a pergola, planted several Mediterranean species:; the “Fountain of Hercules” still stands near the Palau Reial de Pedralbes, restored in 1983. In 1969 the Pavellons Güell were declared a Monument of Artistic Interest, they are now used as the headquarters of the Royal Gaudí Chair, which pertains to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the site includes the Botanic Garden of Faculty of Biology.
List of Modernista buildings in Barcelona This article is adapted from the Catalan Wikipedia. Joan Bassegoda i Nonell: El gran Gaudí, Ed. Ausa, Sabadell, 1989, ISBN 84-86329-44-2. Joan Bassegoda i Nonell: Gaudí o espacio, luz y equilibrio, Madrid, 2002, ISBN 84-95437-10-4. Maria Antonietta Crippa: Gaudí, Taschen, Köln, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8228-2519-8
Coliseum or Cinema Coliseum is a theatre and cinema in Barcelona, located on 595-599 Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, in the intersection with Rambla de Catalunya. It opened in 1923 and remains one of the biggest film theatres in the city as well of an iconic building of 1920s monumental architecture, it was designed by Francesc de Paula Nebot, in an eclectic style related to the French Beaux Arts movement, based upon the Opera Garnier in Paris. Among the artists in charge of its profuse ornamentation and luxurious decoration are Pere Ricart, Fernández Casals, Gonçal Batlle and Torra Pasan, it was endangered by the 1937 air raids during the Spanish Civil War. List of theatres and concert halls in Barcelona Cinema Coliseum at Pobles de Catalunya