Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Director: Woody Allen


Two young American women, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) come to Barcelona for a summer holiday. Vicky is sensible and engaged to be married; Cristina is emotionally and sexually adventurous. In Barcelona, they're drawn into a series of unconventional romantic entanglements with Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem), a charismatic painter, who is still involved with his tempestuous ex-wife Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz). Set against the luscious Mediterranean sensuality of Barcelona, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is Woody Allen's funny and open-minded celebration of love in all its configurations.

"The intricacies of romance and passion are played out against a backdrop of sun-drenched Barcelona landmarks, and renowned Spanish cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe makes the city and cast look equally alluring. Rebecca Hall, faultlessly playing American, is tremendous as the archetypal Allen lead, all hesitation and uptight uncertainty, and Scarlett Johanssen is a suitably more languid foil. Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz get to send themselves up as the sexy, volatile Spaniards, and do so with evident gusto and consummate ease. With Christopher Evan Welch's narration adding a sardonic top note, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA is as diverting and entertaining as any summer romance should be."

Sandra Hebron, London Film Festival


Festivals and awards: Cannes (out of competition), Espoo, San Sebastian, London
Links: Homepage, Trailer

Programme: 12 Selected Titles

Country: USA, Spain
Year: 2008
Length: 96
Language: English, Spanish
Producer: Letty Aronson, Gareth Wiley, Stephen Tenenbaum
Screenplay: Woody Allen
Director: Woody Allen
Cinematography: Javier Aguirresarobe
Music: Alisa Lepselter
Editor: Alisa Lepselter

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Hall

Producer: Mediapro/Antena 3 Films/Gravier Productions


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Woody Allen

Woody Allen (b. 1935, New York, USA) was already writing jokes on an old typewriter and sending them to his local newspapers at the age of 17. Having performed in theatre, in 1965 he appeared for the first time on screen as an actor, in "What's New, Pussycat?" (1965), moving to directing four years later with a film noir comedy: "Take the Money and Run". He has won three Oscars, two for best script with "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986) and one as best director for "Annie Hall", he has been nominated on another sixteen occasions.

(valik/selected): Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Hannah and her Sisterd (1986), Radio Days (1987), September (1987), Husbands and Wifes (1992), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Deconstructing Harry (1997, Lahtiharutatud Harry, PÖFF 1998), Celebrity (1998), Sweet & Lowdown (1999), Small Time Crooks (2000), The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), Hollywood Ending (Hollywoodi lõpp, PÖFF 2002), Anything Else (2003), Melinda and Melinda (Melinda ja Melinda, PÖFF 2004), Match Point (Matšpall, 2005), Scoop (Kõmulugu, PÖFF 2006), Cassandra's Dream (2007), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)


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