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Gaudi´s solitude: Barcelona in quarantine

Unique images of Barcelona during lockdown. Was this a pause or a new beginning? And what can we learn from Gaudí?

Tassilo Lopes Coelho

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Gaudi's solitude

Part I

In the past months the sunny, vibrant culture capital of southern Europe, Barcelona turned into a gray, mournful silhouette on the ocean's coast.

The feature documentary "La soledad de Gaudí" captures these historic moments and draws a poetic parallel between the city's struggles and its most renown architects life, Antoni Gaudí.

It is divided into two parts: Drama and Creativity.

 Still of old man with time passing by behind him, March 2020
Still of old man with time passing by behind him, March 2020

Gaudí did not have an easy life. This involves the early death of close family members, a time of isolation at home from other kids due to a chronic illness. A history of unreciprocated love which lasted until his last days when he got hit by a train. As he was mistaken for a beggar, he did not receive necessary assistance and died as a result of this accident.

The film goes on to explore individuals of distinct socioeconomic backgrounds in Barcelona documenting their dramatic changes in life during this time. Their losses, isolation experiences and misfortunes.

Still of improvised hospital station for COVID 19 Patients, March 2020
Still of improvised hospital station for COVID 19 Patients, March 2020

Still of Barcelona graveyard that received so many corpses they had to restructure the car garage to put in the coffins, March 2020
Still of Barcelona graveyard that received so many corpses they had to restructure the car garage to put in the coffins, March 2020

One of the featured individuals is a homeless man sharing his existential fear he had on the street without any protection from this invisible virus. His only source of income: pedestrians, were now staying at home.

Photograph during Film shoot in Barrio Gotico, March 2020
Photograph during Film shoot in Barrio Gotico, March 2020

Part II

Gaudí's isolation experience turned out to be life changing, however.

He started exploring the complexity and beauty of the texture of a stone and the structure of a tree. This would inspire the essence of his future architectonic philosophy, as most of his building resemble natural shapes and structures.

Still of Casa Milà, March 2020
Still of Casa Milà, March 2020

Still of Casa Batlló, March 2020
Still of Casa Batlló, March 2020

Gaudi’s ideas in shape of architectonic creations and his aspirations of social justice in the 19th century are put in juxtaposition to current communities who are building new structures and creatively changing the city’s path for the better during this pandemic. This underlines Barcelona’s strong historic tendency to creatively innovate and adapt to new situations.

Group of immigrants producing masks and sanitary clothing, April 2020
Group of immigrants producing masks and sanitary clothing, April 2020

It will feature individuals and companies who are reacting to a collapsed health care system. Local communities “corona makers” gathering to produce medical material to fight the hospital's supply shortage and entrepreneurs giving new use to their machines to produce important tools to fight the virus.

A group of sisters, preparing medical scrubs for the local hospitals, April 2020.
A group of sisters, preparing medical scrubs for the local hospitals, April 2020.

One of them is David, owner of Fabcafé. With his 3D printing machines he and his team have produced thousands of face shields for different local hospitals.

David in Fabcafé using his 3D printer, April 2020
David in Fabcafé using his 3D printer, April 2020

Gaudí once said

“everything comes from the vast book of nature”

and

“There's no reason not to try something new just because nobody has tried it before.”

We are the architects of our lives and society. This international crisis might be a good chance to take a step back, reflect and consciously choose how we want to move on, socially, economically and ecologically.

Ambulance driver gazing at the horizon, March 2020
Ambulance driver gazing at the horizon, March 2020

What about you?

You are an essential part of this project

You decide whether the ideas of reconnecting with nature and innovating social problem-solving are worth to share with the broad public.

There are several Rewards you can choose from. These range from you being the first to watch the movie to having an exclusive Photography album.

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The clothing section is flexible, let me know what size you need or color you'd like!

Who is doing this project?

Tassilo Lopes Coelho is a German/ Portuguese Filmmaker and Photo-journalist. He has lived and worked in countries like Mozambique, Bolivia, US and Germany.

Tassilo Lopes Coelho at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, February 2020 (Photo by Rohan)
Tassilo Lopes Coelho at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, February 2020 (Photo by Rohan)

Working at Plaza Real (photo by Jordi Bassols)
Working at Plaza Real (photo by Jordi Bassols)

Throughout his travels he founded his production company Savanna films under which he has directed short films, branding videos, advertisements and covered live events.

Clients include a brands and individuals such across the world ranging from southern african superstar Deltino Guerreiro to the Swiss notorious longboard dancer Sven Schiefer.

His latest short film may be watched here:
Watch shortfilm

In Mozambique he and other local filmmakers, actors and musicians worked with an Italian NGO at a prison, teaching the inmates creative skills as part of an art therapy program for a year.

He did a small successful crowdfunding campaign for the best musical student "John" in prison to finance him a guitar. Today John is free and making a living of his music.

In Zürich Tassilo worked with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in the area of communication and fundraising.

Budget

The majority of the money (without counting taxes and fees) will be invested in:

Film Material Rental, Music licenses and Film Publishing/Distribution:

Expenditure projections
Expenditure projections

When?

August/September: All Film material shot

November/December: Finish Editing

January: Send movie to you

Links

Film director's website: www.Tassilolc.com

Film director's production company: www.savannafilms.com

Instagram: @Gaudifilm

Facebook: @Gaudifilm

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  • MARTA ANGLADA

    MARTA ANGLADA

    over 2 years

    Un Documental que dibuja un retrato de Barcelona en soledad. El confinamiento fué una pausa o un nuevo comienzo? Y qué tiene que ver Gaudí con eso? Tu decides si se realizará el proyecto!

  • BeateJürgen

    BeateJürgen

    over 2 years

    Ein tolles Projekt, das unbedingt unterstützt werden sollte!

  • Nathan Brown

    Nathan Brown

    over 2 years

    Normalmente no hago contribuciones. Pero este proyecto es muy único. Gracias.

  • Frank

    Frank

    over 2 years

    Ich freue mich, dass es dieses Projekt gibt und hoffe sehr, dass es vollständig realisiert werden kann. Glückwunsch zu dieser Arbeit!

  • Luis Montaña I Moll de Alba

    Luis Montaña I Moll de Alba

    over 2 years

    Nice! I'm looking forward to knowing more about the project!

  • JordiMM

    JordiMM

    over 2 years

    Super excited about this project!

  • Maeve Spencer

    Maeve Spencer

    over 2 years

    Impressive! Keep up the great work!

  • Barcelonita

    Barcelonita

    over 2 years

    mesmo impressionante!

  • Carol Brown

    Carol Brown

    over 2 years

    Amazing work!

  • Daisy

    Daisy

    over 2 years

    Really impressive! I am looking forward to see the whole film.

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