The film was commissioned by the Galeria Maeght for the Joan Miró exhibit organized by the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs in the Grand Palais in Paris that opened on May 17, 1974. The film was shot in six days in Montroig del Camp (the Miró country home) and in Tarragona during the process of elaboration of an original tapestry for eight months using 1200 kilos of wool and 600 kilos for the warp. The tapestry was 6 meters wide and 11 meters long and weighed a total of 3,500 kilos. A special loom had to be built to weave it. The day the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York were attacked, September 11, 2001, the tapestry was hanging in the hall of the one of the towers and was destroyed along with it.
Since the 1960s, Portabella always maintained a political commitment with all those movements against the Franco dictatorship that supported individual and collective democratic liberties.
In 1977, he was elected Senator in the first democratic elections and he participated in the writing of the present day Spanish Constitution. In 1999, was honoured with the Creu de Sant Jordi, the highest recognition that a person can receive from the institutions of the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has presided over the Fundación Alternativas since 2001.
As a filmmaker Pere Portabella has been a relevant presence in the Spanish film world for the last fifty years. With Films 59, his production company, he fostered some of the most emblematic films in the history of Spanish cinema. Los Golfos by Carlos Saura (1959), El Cochecito by Marco Ferreri (1960) and Viridiana by Luis Buñuel (1961). He directs his own creations combining a heritage of avant-garde culture with breakaway forms of… read more