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En construcción


José Luis Guerín
France, Spain, 2000
Production : Ovídeo TV S.A.
125'
Spanish
French


Synopsis


Dans un quartier populaire de la ville de Barcelone, au cours de travaux de réhabilitation, il est construit un immeuble de résidence. La caméra s’attache à comprendre et connaître au travers de cette construction immobilière les habitants de ce quartier : les jeunes qui jouent au football, un vieux marin, un commis de travaux, un couple de jeunes à la dérive. Ce film nous montre comment la mutation du paysage urbain implique une modification du paysage humain d’un quartier.

Tënk's film review


Entre les murs en ruine du Barrio Chino de Barcelone, José Luis Guerin filme l’âme d’un quartier populaire comme il n’en existe déjà plus, la gentrification est en marche. Premier documentaire primé aux Goya, "En construcción" rencontre son public en salle. Ce succès inattendu tient sans doute à sa fascinante intemporalité. Alors que sont exhumés les vestiges et ossements d’une cité romaine, on se met à rêver, nous, des traces qu’on laissera. Ce film en serait une, magnifique.

Pascal Catheland
Réalisateur

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filmmaker

José Luis Guerín

Born in Barcelona in 1960, José Luis Guerín is a quirky, unpredictable and self-taught director with many feathers in his cap. “Since I never went to film school, my only training has been as an audience, so I’ve acquired an imagination peopled with filmmakers who’ve helped me discover the world”, he claims. For most of his films, he plays the role of scriptwriter, producer, editor and director of photography. He made his first feature, “Los Motivos de Berta” in 1984. Since then, he has alternated between documentaries and fiction. In 2000, “En Construccion”, which describes peoples’ lives through the construction of a building in Barcelona, met with huge success. This was followed by “Dans la ville de Sylvia” (2007), selected at Venice, and “Unas fotos en la ciudad de Sylvia” (2007). In 2010, his documentary “Guest” was presented at Venice. He co-directed “Correspondencia Jonas Mekas - J.L. Guerin” with Mekas in 2011 and the same year, made “Recuerdos de una mañana”. “L’Académie des muses” was presented in the Signs of Life section at Locarno in 2015.

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