DocsBarcelona of the Month of June arrives with ‘rumba’: Petitet, by Carles Bosch.
Next Friday, June 8, DocsBarcelona of the Month gives the starting shot of the film Petitet, the documentary that inaugurated the 21st edition of the DocsBarcelona Festival and that won the Audience Award. The premiere will be at the Aribau Club of Barcelona at 8:00 p.m. and will be attended by its director, Carles Bosch, with whom there will be a subsequent colloquium.
Petitet is the story of Joan Ximénez Valentí, better known as Petitet, a corpulent gypsy from the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona who had accompanied -toke the bongos- many of the great musicians of the Catalan rumba. His father was a palmer of the famous Peret, already dead like all the great names of his generation who popularized and internationalized the Catalan rumba.
Before his mother died, Petitet promised him that one day he would return the Catalan rumba to the top, to one of the most important stages in Catalonia. To be able to fulfill his promise, he must gather twenty gypsy musicians -genial, but undisciplined- and achieve the miracle of agreeing with a symphony orchestra. The rehearsals are chaotic: their gypsies have never read a score. In spite of the difficulties, Petitet uses every day, good and bad, ready to fulfill the promise he made to his mother.
Petitet & Carles Bosch. Photo: Silvia Poch
After the screening of the film there will be a conversation with Carles Bosch, renowned Catalan director who has won national and international recognition with the nomination at the Oscars for his documentary Balseros (2003), and has won the Goya and Gaudí awards for the documentary Bicicleta, cullera, poma (2010), where he recounts the fight against Alzheimer’s from the former president of the Catalan Government Pascual Maragall. Previously, he worked as an international war reporter and was also co-founder of the legendary program of Catalan Television 30 minuts.
The premiere will take place at the Aribau Club of Barcelona (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 56) on Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.
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Throughout the month of June there will be many more screenings in Barcelona, Madrid and throughout Spain.
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