Carles Bosch
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Carles Bosch

103 min.
Catalan and Spanish
Without subtitles

He wants to fulfil the promise he made to his mother before she died: to take Catalan rumba to the stage of a great theatre.


Carles Bosch
Guillem Lira
Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Carles Bosch
Carles Bosch, David Vidal
Josep Sanou
Carlos Prieto, Ernest Blasi
Sofia Amadori

Petitet is a Catalan gypsy pursuing a dream. Former musician and son of one of the "palmeros" (hand-clapping performers) of the mythical Peret, he suffers from a rare chronic disease that causes acute muscle weakness. In his fifties, he wants to fulfil the promise he made to his mother before she died: to take Catalan rumba to the stage of a great theatre. The dream begins to come true when a band of gypsy musicians (talented but undisciplined) gather together to try and play alongside a great symphony orchestra at the Gran Teatre del Liceu!

Petitet is aware that in order to fulfil his promise, he will have to overcome many obstacles: with limited economic resources, he will need to do little jobs, such as buying and selling scrap metal. He doesn’t have any relevant contacts in the institutions and it’s not easy for him to gain access to the musicians from large symphonic orchestras. Despite all the obstacles and diminished abilities due to his illness, he realizes that there are many (gypsies and non-Roma) who have already decided to remain loyal to him and make his dream come true.

About the direction
Carles Bosch

Carles Bosch


Carles Bosch, co-founder of the legendary TVC program '30 minutes' in 1984, has directed reportage a...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

Speed Meetings · DocsBarcelona Industry
Edició 2017
Opening · DocsBarcelona Festival
Edició 2018
DocsBarcelona Festival · Audience Award
Edició 2018
Docs del Mes · June
Edició 2018

Awards and festivals

Best Documentary · Premis Gaudí
Spain, 2019
Audience Award · DocsBarcelona
Spain, 2018
Best Documentary · Fic CAT
Spain, 2018
Carles Bosch
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Bosch acerca su cámara al personaje, y alterna el elegante claroscuro con un naturalismo de barrio lleno de color.


Bosch no se pierde en digresiones, pero logra, como si fuera fácil, que su película hable también de una ciudad perdida y capture a la comunidad gitana en toda su dignidad.

— Fotogramas

La rumba es mestizaje. Y el cine documental, también: en 'Petitet' existe ese olfato del reportero curtido en mil batallas, sí. Pero también brillan una épica más propia de la ficción.

— El país
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