Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) Poster


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Javier Bardem (Juan Antonio) and Penélope Cruz (María Elena) play a divorced couple in the film. In real life, they started a relationship while working on the film and married in July 2010.
For the scenes where Juan Antonio and Maria Elena speak to each other in Spanish, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz were encouraged to improvise.
Woody Allen wrote the parts of Cristina and Juan Antonio with Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem in mind. Apparently, Bardem was his first and only choice for the male lead.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" was based on a screenplay Woody Allen originally wrote years earlier, which was set in San Francisco. Since his deal for this film specified that it must be shot in Spain, Allen looked for a story from his files that could be rewritten for a Spanish setting, took his old San Francisco-set script and rewrote it to take place in Barcelona.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) was at a time Woody Allen's most profitable film, grossing $96 million on a $15 million budget.
A part of the film is set in the city of Oviedo. One of the sights of Oviedo that was not featured in the film is a life size statue of Woody Allen which was installed in 2003.
For his brief driving scene in this movie, Javier Bardem underwent hours of driving instruction and still didn't have a driver's license to show for his efforts when the movie wrapped.
This is the third film that Woody Allen has made with Scarlett Johansson after Match Point (2005) and Scoop (2006).
With Penélope Cruz winning an Oscar for her role as Maria Elena in this film, it continues a trend of actresses winning Best Supporting Actress Oscars in Woody Allen films after Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway (1994) and Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite (1995).
It is the second movie in which Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson star together, after The Prestige (2006).
In 2007, controversy arose in Catalonia (Spain) because the film was partially funded with public money. Barcelona's city hall provided one million euro, and the government of Catalonia half a million, which comes to 10% of the budget.
The city of Barcelona offered to pick up the tab of production costs if the film was shot there, the amount rose up to two million Euros from public funds. Ultimately, the filmmakers shot in Barcelona.
This is the fourth consecutive film where Woody Allen has filmed outside of the United States (after Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006) and Cassandra's Dream (2007)). New York does feature as a filming location in the film but it is believed Allen has tired of filming in New York, hence the existence of European locations in his recent work.
This is one of only three Woody Allen films to receive an Oscar nomination (Supporting Actress) without Allen himself getting nominated. The other two are Zelig (1983) and Sweet and Lowdown (1999). Penélope Cruz actually ended up winning the Oscar for the movie.
The film features several paintings by the Catalan artist Agusti Puig. Puig was commissioned to create a painting for the movie, the result being La Protectora II. But it wasn't used on set.
Penélope Cruz is in the film for 41 minutes. She appears 51 minutes into the movie.
The movie features several books about sexuality : the novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (when Vicky tries to sleep and Cristina writes poetry in the kitchen), The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet (read by Cristina later in the movie) and Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller (read by Cristina right after the scene kissing with Juan Antonio and Maria Elena in the dark room)
Working title: "Woody Allen Spanish Project"
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First Woody Allen film where two girls' names appear in the title: Vicky and Cristina. Other Allen movies with girls' names in the title include Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); Alice (1990); Melinda and Melinda (2004); Cassandra's Dream (2007); What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966) and Annie Hall (1977).
The title is a conflation of the character names of the two lead actresses as well as the movie's major setting (i.e. Vicky and Cristina and Barcelona). The title does not the represent the name of a character called Vicky Cristina Barcelona.


Joan Pera: The Spanish actor who has dubbed Woody Allen's voice in several Spanish and Catalan versions of his films for over twenty years appears in the film.

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