Carles Bosch

2017 103 min.

Original Version in Catalan and Spanish
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Technical specs

    • Directed by: Carles Bosch
    • Script: Carles Bosch, David Vidal
    • Production: Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Carles Bosch
    • Head of production: Joan Antoni Barjau
    • Direction of photography: Sofia Amadori
    • Sound: Guillem Lira
    • Music: Josep Sanou
    • Edit: Carlos Prieto, Ernest Blasi
    • Sound mix: Dani Zacarías
    • Coproduction: Lastor Media, Turkana Films
    • Suitable for all audiences



Joan Ximénez Petitet, a corpulent gypsy from the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, ​​had accompanied – playing the bongos – many of the great rumba musicians. His father was a palmero of the famous idol of the Catalan rumba, 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, if possible in one of the most important venues such as the Gran Teatro del Liceo. He is an only child and suffers from myasthenia gravis, a disease of the so-called “rare” that only one in 50,000 people in the world is diagnosed and whose cure has not yet been sufficiently investigated. Now, in order to fulfill his promise, he must gather around a score of gypsy musicians -genial, though undisciplined- and achieve the miracle of agreeing with a symphony orchestra. The rehearsals, certainly, are a chaos: their gypsies have never read a score. Despite the difficulties, Petitet takes advantage of both good and bad days, ready to fulfill the promise he made to his mother.

About direction (Carles Bosch)

Carles Bosch, filmmaker and journalist, has reconciled nationally and internationally with the nomination to the documentary film Balseros (2003), and has directed documentary Bicicleta, cullera, poma (2010), awarded by a Goya and a Gaudí. Previously, he worked as a international journalist on the Iran-Iraq war, the soviet militar occupation of Afganistan, the Balkan war, the first Gulf War and the clashes in Northern Ireland, among others. He co-founded the mythical program of Televisió de Catalunya 30 minutes.

Awards & Festivals

  • Opening Session, DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2018.
  • Audience Award, DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2018.
  • Audience Award, Fic-Cat – Spain, 2018.
  • Best Documentary Award, Fic-Cat – Spain, 2018.