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© 2015 ELS FILMS DE LA RAMBLA S.A. ||  VENTURA PONS

UNIVERSAL AND PHARAOH

SYNOPSI

Fragments of the memory of three great artists JOSÉ PÉREZ “OCAÑA” (Cantillana, 1947 - Sevilla, 1983), JAVIER PATRICIO “GATO” PÉREZ (Buenos Aires, 1950 – Caldes de Montbui, 1990) and PEPE RUBIANES (Villagarcía de Arosa, 1947 – Barcelona, 2009) turned into icons who helped the city of Barcelona to be UNIVERSAL AND PHARAOH.

Fragments of the memory of three great artists JOSÉ PÉREZ “OCAÑA” (Cantillana, 1947 - Sevilla, 1983), JAVIER PATRICIO “GATO” PÉREZ (Buenos Aires, 1950 – Caldes de Montbui, 1990) and PEPE RUBIANES (Villagarcía de Arosa, 1947 – Barcelona, 2009) turned into icons who helped the city of Barcelona to be UNIVERSAL AND PHARAOH

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DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Italo Calvino explained, in his classic “Why read the classics”, one of these reference books which talked about "forgetting the future", another way to warn us about the dangers of conformism.

 

"The memory really only makes sense - for individuals, communities, civilizations - if at the same time maintains the traces of the past and the project of future, if allows to do without forgetting what we wanted, while becoming without being, being without  leaving what we want to become".

 

I set up my fifth documentary, as a " film of films" filled with music and footage shooted now and many other over the past 40 years. Fragments of the memory of three great artists OCAÑA, GATO PÉREZ and PEPE RUBIANES turned into icons who undoubtedly believed, announced and helped the city of Barcelona to be UNIVERSAL AND PHARAOH.

 

I have divided it into five chapters, starting with images of Carícies (Caresses) – 1997-  and Carles Cases wonderful music of Morir (o No)  To die (or not) – 1998- , that accompanies us until the end, giving a sense that unifies the narrative.

 

IGNASI MILLET talks with JESÚS PERÉZ OCAÑA, “SEVILLA”, his twin brother, syndicalist and anarchist, who has lived the Catalan reality since he took his brother 40 years ago from Andalucia.

 

They not just talk about PEPE OCAÑA. They cross parallel memories, lived stories and a reflection of life, and art. Facts that have lived intensely both Ignasi and Ocaña. Father Laplana stores in the Catalan art collection of the Museum of Montserrat, a Virgin, half Catalan, half Andalusian. We also see Ocaña’s latest unkown works in acrylic saved in Cantillana, his home village.

 

CARLES FLAVIÀ, former priest, music manager, exceptional communicator, one of Barcelona's best cultural activists in recent decades, which left us in 2016, is in the bar of the Raval, after the siesta, with JAUME SISA, the galatic singer, who has given us songs and performances inovidables for many years. They stir and delve into the intimacies of his soul friend , GATO PÉREZ.

 

BENJAMÍN ESCORIZA, Radio Tarifa former singer, makes a version “aflemencada” and very personal of “Sabor de barrio”. MONCHO  and LOS MANOLOS, put their art, style and label in “Ebrios de soledad” and “Rumba dels 60”. Songs of Gato Pérez  that are already universals.

 

The Gràcia Gipsies are partying in a yard inside the Plaça del Raspall, exactly next to where the GATO PÉREZ discovered in their rumba the Catalan roots of popular music. The scientist Jaume Josa reads the farewell letter addressed to Gato. The two grown daughters teach Pancho, the grandson, his grandfather drawings in Sant Julià de Vilatorrada.

PEPE RUBIANES travels with his boundless energy to Black Africa, who loved so much, where there he showed for the natives, that after repeated years and years. Images that have not been seen, saved his sister Carmen, and that surprise, emotion and inspire. And give a lot of joy! It ends with man searching mushroom in the forest, full of doubts. The ending episodi of “El perquè de tot plegat” (What is all about).

 

The memory of a few years, as Italo Calvino explained, serves us against the brutal conformism.

 

Ventura Pons

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Una produción de ELS FILMS DE LA RAMBLA, S.A.

Director, Guionista y Productor  :  VENTURA PONS

Jefe de producción :  MERCÈ CARRERO

Fotografía  :  ANDALU VILA-SANJUAN

JOAN MINGUELL, CARLES GUSII, JESÚS ESCOSA, BERNAT BOSCH

 Art director  :  BEL·LO TORRAS

Música: CARLES CASES i GATO PÉREZ

Montaje: MARC FARRERAS

Sonido Directo: NATXO ORTÚZAR

ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ, DANIEL FONTRODONA, BORIS ZAPATA

Mezclas Sonido: XAVI SAUCEDO / POLFORD

Subtitulat: LASER FILMS

 

        v.o. en catalàn y castellano

 

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