Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 87,737 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 15 August 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Filming Location: Avilés, Asturias, Spain
  • Budget: $15,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $23,213,577(USA)(15 February 2009)
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem
  • Soundtrack: Entre Las Olas
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital (Mono)
  • Plot Keyword: Summer | Painter | Artist | Oviedo | Marriage

Writing Credits By:

  • Woody Allen (written by)

Known Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • This is the fourth consecutive film where Woody Allen has filmed outside of the United States (after Match Point, Scoop and Cassandra’s Dream). 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 the third film that Woody Allen has made with Scarlett Johansson after Match Point and Scoop.
  • 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.
  • With Penélope Cruz winning an Oscar for her role as Maria Elena in this film, it continues a mini-trend of young actresses winning Best Supporting Actress Oscars in Woody Allen films after Mira Sorvino in Mighty Aphrodite and Dianne Wiest in Hannah and Her Sisters and Bullets Over Broadway.
  • The film features Barcelona as both a setting and a word in the movie’s title. New York director Whit Stillman was once labeled the new Woody Allen after making his first film Metropolitan. Coincidentally, Stillman’s subsequent film was called Barcelona.

Goofs: Continuity: (At 56:00) After Maria Elena moves in, they are having breakfast outdoors. Juan Antonio serves coffee for Cristina and takes the sugar bowl which is in front of Maria Elena in the foreground, and puts it in front of Cristina. The sugar bowl travels back and forth (three times) during the scene.

Plot: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. Full summary »  »

Story: Sexually adventurous Cristina and her friend Vicky, who is bright but cautious, holiday in Barcelona where they meet the celebrated and wholly seductive painter, Juan Antonio. Vicky is not about to dive into a sexual adventure being committed to her forthcoming marriage. But Cristina is immediately captivated by Juan Antonio's free spirit and his romantic allure is enhanced when she hears the delicious details of his divorce from fellow artist, the tempestuous Maria Elena.Written by johnno.r[at]xtra.co.nz  

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Produced By:

  • Letty Aronson known as producer
  • Bernat Elias known as line producer
  • Eva Garrido known as associate producer: Mediapro
  • Charles H. Joffe known as co-executive producer
  • Javier Méndez known as co-executive producer
  • Helen Robin known as co-producer
  • Jack Rollins known as co-executive producer
  • Jaume Roures known as executive producer
  • Stephen Tenenbaum known as producer
  • Tadeo Villalba hijo known as associate producer (as Tedy Villalba)
  • Gareth Wiley known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rebecca Hall known as Vicky
  • Scarlett Johansson known as Cristina
  • Christopher Evan Welch known as Narrator (voice)
  • Chris Messina known as Doug
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Judy
  • Kevin Dunn known as Mark
  • Julio Perillán known as Charles
  • Juan Quesada known as Guitarist in Barcelona
  • Ricard Salom known as Art Gallery Guest
  • Maurice Sonnenberg known as Art Gallery Guest
  • Javier Bardem known as Juan Antonio
  • Manel Barceló known as Doctor
  • Josep Maria Domènech known as Julio
  • Emilio de Benito known as Guitarist in Asturias
  • Jaume Montané known as Juan Antonio's Friend
  • Lloll Bertran known as Juan Antonio's Friend (as Lloll Bertrán)
  • Joel Joan known as Juan Antonio's Friend
  • Sílvia Sabaté known as Juan Antonio's Friend (as Silvia Sabaté)
  • Penélope Cruz known as Maria Elena
  • Pablo Schreiber known as Ben
  • Carrie Preston known as Sally
  • Zak Orth known as Adam
  • Abel Folk known as Jay
  • Jordi Basté known as Art Gallery Guest (uncredited)
  • Michael Bennett known as Art Gallery Bartender (uncredited)
  • Paco Mir known as Art Gallery Guest (uncredited)
  • Oliver Moon known as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Joan Pera known as Art Gallery Guest (uncredited)
  • Rodrigo Rojas known as Party Guest (uncredited)

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  • Ana Caballero known as makeup assistant
  • Robert Fama known as hairstylist: New York
  • Manolo García known as hair designer
  • Lori Hicks known as makeup artist: New York
  • Ana Lozano known as makeup designer
  • Jesús Martos known as hairdresser
  • Esther Plaza known as makeup assistant
  • Eva Quilez known as makeup artist (as Eva Quílez)

Art Department:

  • Laia Ateca known as art department assistant
  • Laia Ateca known as art department runner
  • Chan Canelo known as set dresser
  • Paula de la Fuente known as props buyer
  • Miguel Ángel Delgado known as set props (as Miguel Angel Delgado)
  • Blanca Francolí known as props buyer assistant
  • Joxean Goya known as set dresser
  • Carlos Grané known as set props (as Carles Grané)
  • Daniel K. Grosso known as leadman: New York (as Danny Grosso)
  • Santo Loquasto known as art director: New York
  • Ivette Massip known as art department runner
  • Marina Pozanco known as props buyer

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Production Companies:

  • Weinstein Company, The (presents)
  • Mediapro (producer)
  • Gravier Productions (producer) (as Gravier)
  • Antena 3 Films (in association with)
  • Antena 3 Televisión (in association with) (as Antena 3 TV)
  • Televisió de Catalunya (TV3) (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • 42West  publicity (as 42 West)
  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance (as AON/Albert G. Ruben, Inc.)
  • ASG Cine y Figuracion  extras casting: Asturias-Spain
  • Barcelona Plato Film Commission  special thanks
  • Big Film Design  title design by
  • Bird & Bird  legal services: Madrid
  • Bird & Bird  legal services: London
  • Camera Service Rental  supplier (as Camara Service)
  • City National Bank  production financing
  • Cámara Rent  supplier (as Camara Rent)
  • D.J. Sound  supplier (as DJ Sound)
  • Detres Escenografies  supplier
  • Enelmo  supplier (as Enelmo S.L.)
  • Grau Luminotecnia  supplier
  • Guns & Films  supplier
  • Hyperactive Publicity  publicity
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • Limousines Barcelona  supplier
  • Loeb & Loeb  legal services (as Loeb & Loeb)
  • Modasa  supplier
  • Modern VideoFilm  post-production facilities
  • Nunu  set security
  • On Set Location Services  supplier (as On Set Location Service LLC)
  • Orbit Digital  thanks
  • Ovide B S  supplier: remote video (as Ovide)
  • Phoenix  set security
  • Postworks New York  thanks (as Postworks)
  • Rafael Servicios de Catering  catering
  • Riskmedia International  insurance
  • Rol  extras casting (as Rol S.L.)
  • Sadilsa  supplier
  • Schedule 2  technical services: worldwide
  • Sound One  sound re-recording (as Sound One Corp.)
  • Telarc Records  soundtrack
  • Universal Studios Licensing  courtesy of: "Shadow of a Doubt" footage

Distributors:

  • Acme Film (2008) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Aerofilms (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Asmik Ace Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Bazuca Films (2009) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Cinéart (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Festive Films (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Filmware International (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Frenetic Films (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Hopscotch Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Kitokio kino klubas (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Mediapro (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Optimum Releasing (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Pachamama Cine (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Prime Entertainment (2009) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Spentzos Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Alliance (2008) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • BNN TV (2012) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Bir Film (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Central Partnership (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Concorde Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Discovery Film & Video Distribution (2008) (Croatia) (all media)
  • Eurofilms (2009) (Peru) (all media)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Genius Products (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Genius Products (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Panorama Distributions (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Twin Pics (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Big Film Design (visual effects by)
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Randall Balsmeyer known as visual effects designer: Big Film Design
  • Ella Boliver known as 2D compositor: Big Film Design
  • J. John Corbett known as 2D compositor: Big Film Design
  • Bora Jurisic known as digital effects artist
  • Bogdan Mihajlovic known as lead modeler
  • Dragan Miokovic known as digital effects artist
  • Jesse Morrow known as digital artist
  • Vadim Turchin known as 3D animator: Big Film Design
  • Adrienne Winterhalter known as visual effects producer: Big Film Design

Release Date:

  • France 17 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • USA 15 August 2008
  • Finland 24 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Spain 18 September 2008 (San Sebastián Film Festival)
  • Spain 19 September 2008
  • Brazil 25 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Singapore 25 September 2008
  • Greece 27 September 2008 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Croatia 2 October 2008
  • Norway 3 October 2008
  • Mexico 4 October 2008 (Morelia Film Festival)
  • Belgium 6 October 2008 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • France 8 October 2008
  • Switzerland 8 October 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Greece 9 October 2008
  • Hong Kong 9 October 2008
  • Taiwan 9 October 2008
  • Italy 10 October 2008
  • Sweden 10 October 2008
  • Israel 14 October 2008 (Haifa Film Festival)
  • Israel 16 October 2008
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • UK 21 October 2008 (London Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 23 October 2008
  • Belgium 29 October 2008
  • Finland 31 October 2008
  • Brazil 14 November 2008
  • Lithuania 14 November 2008
  • Hungary 20 November 2008
  • Denmark 21 November 2008
  • Spain 21 November 2008 (Festival de Cinema en Valencià Inquiet)
  • Germany 4 December 2008
  • Switzerland 4 December 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 5 December 2008
  • Mexico 5 December 2008
  • Indonesia 9 December 2008 (Jakarta International Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 11 December 2008
  • Australia 26 December 2008
  • Colombia 9 January 2009
  • Estonia 9 January 2009
  • Turkey 9 January 2009
  • Lebanon 15 January 2009
  • Portugal 22 January 2009
  • Russia 22 January 2009
  • Kazakhstan 29 January 2009
  • Iceland 30 January 2009
  • Uruguay 30 January 2009
  • Argentina 5 February 2009
  • UK 6 February 2009 (limited)
  • Ireland 13 February 2009
  • UK 13 February 2009
  • Philippines 18 February 2009
  • Peru 26 February 2009
  • Romania 23 March 2009 (B-Est International Film Festival)
  • Romania 3 April 2009
  • South Korea 16 April 2009
  • Poland 17 April 2009
  • Japan 27 June 2009
  • Panama 24 July 2009
  • India 26 March 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and smoking

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