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Barcelona is currently at the center of attention of the film industry, both for famous actors and actresses, and internationally-renowned directors. The proof lies in the sheer number of films that have used the city as its set and location.

Woody Allen, Pedro Almodóvar, Manuel Huerga, Tom Tykwer, Cédric Klapisch, Giovanni Veronesi, Michelangelo Antonioni, Peter Greenaway, Alejandro Amenábar, and Fernando Trueba are just some of the directors who have made movies in Barcelona.

  • The Passenger, Michelangelo Antonioni (1975).
  • Uncovered, Jim McBride (1994), adapted from the novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
  • All About My Mother, Pedro Almodóvar (1999).
  • Auberge Espagnole, Cédric Klapisch (2002).
  • The Machinist, Brad Anderson (2004).
  • Fragile, Jaume Balagueró (2005).
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Tom Tykwer (2006).
  • Manual of Love 2, Giovanni Veronesi (2006).
  • Salvador, Manuel Huerga (2006).
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Woody Allen (2007).
  • Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Isabel Coixet (2009).
  • Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu (2010)
  • The Last Days, David & Àlex Pastor (2013).

The Barcelona Film Commission, a division of the City Hall, promotes Barcelona as an ideal location for both Spanish and international productions. This is a public and free service directed towards the audiovisual sector, which works to promote movie shoots in the city, manage administrative matters, and grant filming permissions.

Barcelona is apparently a very attractive city for audiovisual productions. During 2013, the city hosted 183 documentary features, 324 short films and student productions, 250 entertainment spots or TV episodes, 106 videos, and 124 corporate or institutional videos which, together with all the other kinds of filming that took place in our city, add up to a grand total of 2,494 productions.

As more and more films are choosing Barcelona as their set, the Tourism Office has begun to offer a series of thematic guided tours called Barcelona Movie Walks, which give visitors information, details, anecdotes, and first-hand perspectives on the major motion pictures that have been shot in the city.

Barcelona… Action!

  • Barcelona is straight out of the movies.
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