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Production companies

Amèrica, 12, bxs
08041 Barcelona, Spain

Contact Pau Itarte

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Technical details

  • Year: 2009

  • Type: Documentary - Television

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Audience: General Audiences

  • Runtime: 52.00 '

  • Original version: Spanish , Catalan

  • Subtitled versions: English , French

  • Format: Colour, HD, Dolby Digital,

  • Status: Completed

  • Web:

cast and crew

With the support of

  • Ajuntament de Barcelona


Portraits does not set out to offer a scientific approach to schizophrenia. In fact, it focuses on people rather than on the disease. It is a positive contemplation, a gaze that reveals people’s hopes to find a solution and overcome the disease. This documentary follows the stories of eight people (Lluís Gràcia –the professor-, Isabel, Pilar, Jordi, Cati, Carles, Antonia and Jaime) who try to recover normal every-day life after many years of living with the disease.
The painting workshop is the central avenue towards such recovery. Painting as a means of expression and freedom, as a metaphor for reconstruction. The idea is to portray how this workshop experience gradually changes the main characters; to focus on their development, whether positive or negative.