2022 has been a particularly fruitful year for Minoria Absoluta, with programmes already running in TV schedules, documentaries meeting with critical and public acclaim, immersive installations, fiction series, podcasts and feature films.
Here is a run-through of post-pandemic 2022:
Smiley a fiction series released on Netflix in December 2022. A romantic comedy based on the theatre play by Guillem Clua, who is the scriptwriter and showrunner of the TV series. The show was given a top class preview at the Phenomena cinema at the opening session of the prestigious Serielizados festival.
2022 has also been a year for film making at Minoria Absoluta with the shooting of the film El maestro que prometió el mar, directed by Patricia Font, starring Laia Costa and Enric Auquer, and based on the book of the same name by Francesc Escribano which was adapted for the screen by Albert Val. The feature film will be released in cinemas in 2023. It is a co-production with Lastor Media and Filmax.
The production company has also taken to the stage with the musical comedy Pares Normals, which opened at the Teatro Poliorama in November. It is a musical written by Els Amics de les Arts, Marc Artigau and Minoria Absoluta, with 13 songs that Els Amics de les Arts have written expressly for the play. Directed by Sergi Belbel and choreographed by Marta Tomassa, it stars Enric Cambray, Júlia Bonjoch, Annabel Totusaus and Albert Pérez, and is on at the Poliorama Theatre until 26 February 2023.
2022 has also been a bumper year for documentaries. España, el siglo XX en color, one of our most ambitious projects, is a 6-episode documentary series for RTVE’s La 2, portraying the 20th century as it has never been seen before; in full colour. It contains unpublished images from the 20th century in HD quality and in colour, thanks to an exhaustive colourisation process.
For National Geographic Minoria Absoluta produced the documentary Tartessos, la civilización perdida, which premiered in December. It was the most watched broadcast on the National Geographic channel in 2022, a hit with viewers.
The documentary Més enllà de La Cubana for TV3’s Sense Ficció is a run through the history of the iconic theatre company. Another documentary which also premiered this year on TV3’s Sense Ficció was Ramon Trias Fargas en primera persona, directed by Jordi Ferrerons.
We also had the pleasure of celebrating 5 years of the magazine El Món d’Ahir, a publication edited by Toni Soler that is an intersection of history, literature and journalism, at a party with contributors and subscribers at the Antigua Fábrica Damm.
In 2022 Minoria Absoluta also made a foray into the production of podcasts with Historias con historia, a series of podcasts for the CaixaForum+ platform consisting of conversations between two people taking articles published in the magazine El Món d’Ahir as their starting point.
Two of the company’s most emblematic programmes have continued on the air for another year: Polònia continues as the undisputed leader of Thursday nights after 18 seasons, and Està Passant is in its sixth season.
Another production that also premiered this year is the fiction series Després de tu. For the first time, three regional channels – Televisió de Catalunya, À punt and IB3 – came together to produce a fiction series that was broadcast on all three channels.
In the digital sphere, the IDEAL Centre for Digital Arts has crossed borders. As well as the immersive experience of Dalí cibernético at IDEAL Barcelona, which has already had more than 70,000 visits since its inauguration in September 2022, the Frida Kahlo installation has opened in 15 cities around the world, and MAD (Madrid Artes Digitales) also opened at the Matadero de Madrid.
The IDEAL in Barcelona also staged the theatrical production Next to normal, starring the acclaimed Alice Ripley, as part of the Grec 2022 Festival, a show that was an enormous success with both critics and audiences.
Production never sleeps and Minoria Absoluta continues its labour with new projects that will see the light of day in 2023.