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En construcción (2001)

An author spent a year and a half filming what happened as a new apartment building was built in the El Chino neighborhood of Barcelona. En Construccion focuses less on the practicalities ... See full summary »

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José Luis Guerín
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Cast

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Juana Rodríguez Molina Juana Rodríguez Molina ... La pareja
Iván Guzmán Jiménez Iván Guzmán Jiménez ... La pareja
Juan López López Juan López López ... El encargado
Juanma López Juanma López ... Su Hijo (as Juan Manuel López)
Pedro Robles Pedro Robles ... Ferrallista
Santiago Segade Santiago Segade ... Albañil
Abdel Aziz El Mountassir Abdel Aziz El Mountassir ... Peón
Abdelsalam Madris Abdelsalam Madris ... Peón
Antonio Atar Antonio Atar ... El ex-marino
Pere Lluís Artigas Pere Lluís Artigas ... Arqueólogo
Jesús M. Eiris Jesús M. Eiris ... Encofrador
Francisco Gómez Francisco Gómez ... Encofrador
Juan M. Ortiz Juan M. Ortiz ... Encofrador
Jordi Martínez Jordi Martínez ... Encofrador
Tania Garduño Tania Garduño ... Niña
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An author spent a year and a half filming what happened as a new apartment building was built in the El Chino neighborhood of Barcelona. En Construccion focuses less on the practicalities of raising a building than the impact the project has on those who live in the neighborhood, including a teenage couple squatting in a nearby building, an illegal alien looking for work for himself and his son, and a neighborhood girl who becomes infatuated with one of the construction workers. The death of a stray cat and the discovery of a mass grave during construction also points to the tragic losses that are sometimes part and parcel of progress. Written by morroviolet

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Documentary

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Trivia

"Escándalo", the song that some workers perform a capella after having lunch, was originally popularized by Mexican singer Javier Solís (1931-1966). See more »

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Features Land of the Pharaohs (1955) See more »

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Escándalo
Written by Rafael Cárdenas & Rubén Fuentes
Performed a capella by some workers
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Instant classic
14 August 2007 | by jorozkoSee all my reviews

From a very specific premise (a documentary on the construction of a new building in Barcelona's "barrio chino") Guerin has produced a film that is surprisingly comprehensive and universal.

A huge range of subjects and characters are present in the film (children, teenagers, homeless, the old, immigrants, drug addicts,prostitutes, etc) giving them an extraordinary metaphorical significance without departing from the documentary approach.

Shot in static shots (except for the marvellous and hopeful final tracking shot) and edited from 120 hours of footage with Guerin's characteristic precision, rhythm and visual poetry.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Catalan | Arabic

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$289,762
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Ovídeo TV S.A. See more »
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