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The Barcelona of Woody Allen
Synopsis: Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) are two American friends who travel to Barcelona to spend their summer holidays at a friends’ house. They take time out to do some sightseeing, enjoy the local cuisine and culture, but an encounter with two unconventional local artists, Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) and his ex-wife, María Elena (Penélope Cruz), leads them to reflect on what they each expect from life.
Technic list
director: Woody Allen
film editing producer: Woody Allen
producer: Letty Aronson
Stephen Tenenbaum
Gareth Wiley
executive producer: Jaume Roures
photography: Javier Aguirresarobe
Artistic list
Juan AntonioJavier Bardem
CristinaScarlett Johansson
VickyRebecca Hall
María ElenaPenélope Cruz
Judy NashPatricia Clarkson
Mark NashKevin Dunn
DougChris Messina
Main prizes
Oscar: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Golden Globes: Best film of the year, Bafta: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Goya: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Independent Spirit Awards: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Gaudí Awards: Best supporting actress (Penélope Cruz), Best film not in the Catalan language
Did you know that...
 • After Woody Allen’s first project with Mediapro, both parties have decided to extend their collaboration to three new films to be shot between 2009 and 2011. Firstable, this year will be shot in London and probably the second one in Paris.


• Filming in Spain commenced on 9th July 2007 and ended on 24th August. During the first week in August the cast and crew travelled to Asturias for filming.


• On 14th June 2007, three weeks before filming began, Barcelona’s Universitat Pompeu Fabra awarded Woody Allen an honorary doctorate. He is the third personality to receive such an accolade from the university, after the South African pacifist Desmond Tutu and the Catalan theologian and historian Miquel Batllori. During the ceremony, the film-maker said that “filming in Barcelona was a dream come true”.


• The film was initially entitled Midnight in Barcelona. During filming in Barcelona and Asturias the name changed to WASP (Woody Allen Spanish Project). The definitive title, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, was decided on during the final editing stage in spring 2008.


• During filming in Barcelona, the Catalan and Spanish media gave widespread coverage to the large crowds that had gathered at the locations. Most of the media mentioned the fact that this had created a certain unease among the cast and crew. Nothing could be further from the truth. Woody Allen denied this in subsequent statements to the press in 2008, “It’s not true that I felt under pressure during filming. Filming in New York is much more complicated”.


• When he wasn’t filming, Woody Allen enjoyed being in the city. He said that there were number of reasons for this. Firstly, because he loves Barcelona: it’s energetic, cosmopolitan and very urban. Secondly, because of the food. Thirdly, because he had the opportunity to play some jazz. Two members of his band performed in summer 2007 at the Hotel Casa Fuster, and on more than one occasion he joined them, much to the audience’s delight.


• The music heard during the opening scene and in other sequences of the film is taken from the album Eusebio by the Barcelona-based band Giulia y los Tellarini. As chance would have it, Woody Allen was given a copy of the album when he was filming in Barcelona. He was fascinated by it and decided to include some of the songs on the soundtrack. In fact, the song bearing the city’s name was chosen as the main theme for the film.


• Barcelona isn’t the only focal point of the film. Wine also plays a central role. There are 15 sequences showing people drinking red and white wine and singing its praises.


• The film had a budget of 15.5 million dollars and has been a big hit at the box office. By February of 2009, it had already grossed 70 million euros around the world. From the date of its premiere in Spain, on 18th September 2008, until February 2009, the film had been seen by more than one million and a half people and taken over 7.7 million euros at the box office. The film has scored takings of more than 25 million dollars in the USA and is Woody Allen’s highest-grossing film in France.
The Barcelona of Woody Allen
1 Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Vicky and Cristina take photographs of the Nativity façade.
Plaça de la Sagrada Família
Metro - Línia 5 - Sagrada Família
2 Fundació Miró
Vicky, Cristina and Judy look at a sculpture by Miró on the terrace at the foundation.

Autobus - 50
3 Casa Milà - "La Pedrera"
Vicky, Cristina and Judy admire the views of Barcelona from the rooftop

Metro - Línia 5 - Diagonal
4 Fundació Tàpies
The Nashes invite Vicky and Cristina to the private view of an exhibition.

Metro - Línia 4 - Passeig de Gràcia
5 Els Quatre Gats
First meeting with Juan Antonio and the two American girls.

Metro - Línia 4 - Urquinaona
6 Parc Güell
Vicky and Juan Antonio meet again after their trip to Asturias.
Carrer d'Olot s/n
Metro - Línia 3 - Lesseps
7 Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Cristina and Juan Antonio invite Vicky and Doug to join them for lunch.
Plaça Sant Felip Neri
Metro - Línia 4 - Jaume I
8 Tibidabo
After lunch, the four of them visit the amusement park.

Funicular del Tibidabo - Tramvia blau
9 Hospital de Sant Pau
Vicky comes out of class with her classmate Ben.

Metro - Línia 5 - Hospital de Sant Pau
10 Parc de la Ciutadella
Maria Elena teaches Cristina photographic techniques.

Metro - Línia 1 - Arc de Triomf
11 MACBA
Cristina, Vicky and Doug sit chatting at a pavement café in the Plaça del MACBA.
Plaça dels Àngels 1
Metro - Línia 1 - Universitat
12 La Rambla
Cristina has a stroll while she takes photos of the flower stalls.
La Rambla
Metro - Línia 3 - Liceu
13 Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Vicky and Judy chat on the steps leading up to the museum.

Autobus - 50
Metro - Línia 1 - Espanya
14 Finca Güell
Vicky waits for Juan Antonio at the main gate.

Metro - Línia 3 - Palau Reial
15 Port Olímpic
Mark and Judy walk along the Moll de Xaloc.

Metro - Línia 4 - Ciutadella
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