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Barcelona in Black

Few cities have undergone such a drastic and complete makeover in such short order while successfully retaining its enduring spirit and allure. “Barcelona in Black” captures the essence of this beautiful and multifarious city by chronicling the 30-year metamorphosis from an anchored to the past industrial city of the 80’s, through the painful pageantry of its Olympic revival, into its current cosmopolitan modernity.

Shot in time-lapse, this 8-minute film divided into three chapters, tells the story of these differing yet equally authentic versions of Barcelona.

Copyright 2016 - Manel Cebrian
Registered Number: B-1531-16

  • Manel Cebrian
    Asturias, a personal voyage
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Time-lapse
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 20, 2016
    Award of Excellence
  • New York Film & TV Festival
    New York
    United States
    November 15, 2016
  • Cerdanya International Film Festival
    July 30, 2017
    Best Cinematography Award
  • Los Angeles Cinefest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 25, 2017
  • Festival de Curtmetratges K-lidoscopi
    October 22, 2018
    Best Experimental Film
  • Zagreb Tourfilm Festival
    October 12, 2018
    Best Time-lapse Tourism Film 2018
Director Biography - Manel Cebrian

As a professional in the field of Cinema and Photography, over the last years, he has released several tourism films and collaborated in many television programs. Among them, it stands out the TV show "Catalunya Experience" of TVC (TV3, Catalonia Television).

Some of his works, "Barcelona in Black" (2018) and "Asturias, a personal voyage" (2017), have received several national and international awards, including twice the award for best photography at the Cerdanya Film Festival (2017-2018), best experimental film at the K-lidoscopi Short Film Festival 2017 and the award for best tourist time-lapse film at the Zagreb Tourfilm Festival 2019.

Besides his role as Film Director, he currently works for several companies as an advisor in the field of image and audiovisual production.

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Director Statement

"Barcelona in Black" is a project that I wanted to do for a long time. Now, it is a reality. Welcome to my Barcelona. Enjoy it.