El Pilar

By Esther Cases

Written by Esther Cases

Produced by SIQSI

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Fiestas del Pilar was the name put on the label that (until 90's) identified one of the cans containing films secretly revealed at Fotofilm lab in Barcelona. In fact it was the “code-name” invented by the director, Manel Esteban Marquilles in the 1970s, to hide a collection of political films secretly shot in Spain over two decades ago. The films were the basis of how the contemporary working class perceived the world and vice-versa; they registered a new canon, a new imaginary ethical and aesthetic for the young labourers, with a leader role in the Spanish society transformation. Fifty years after filming, some of the anonymous authors, who were exceptional figures in a key moment in contemporary Spanish history, explain how they managed to successfully make the movies clandestinely. And, more than half a century later, they express their thoughts about present time, between the utopia forces of the 1960s and the post-liberal digital economy.



  • Documentary
  • 48 '
  • General Audiences
  • Dolby Digital
  • Colour B&W
  • HD
  • Catalan