Joan Manén. Variacions sense tema

Director Daniel Torres Vergé, Jaime Ballada Larrasa
Spain / 90 min. / 2016 / Catalan

Who was Joan Manén? A self-taught genius. Ex child Prodigy. Unfriendly and boastful. With no mates. He composed pieces that nobody could play. Manén is all that. Catalonia’s great forgotten composer; universal Catalan and international violinist. The Associació Joan Manén strives to restore his name. There are treasures everywhere you look.


Who was Joan Manén? A genius. A child prodigy. A disagreeable fellow. Pretentious. With no mates. He composed pieces that nobody could play. Manén is the great forgotten composer of Catalonia. The first universal Catalan and the only international Catalan violinist. Variacions sense tema distills the essence of the great musician, as well as the reasons why he was erased from the history books. The Associació Joan Manén, co-star of the film, doesn’t stint in its efforts to restore his glory. His tortuous journey is peppered with discoveries (boxes of scores believed to have been lost, which they open like kids at Christmas), but also with uncomfortable truths. The portrait that emerges through interviews with his nearest and dearest is that of a difficult artist... Harsh words fly (“It’s not that he was a pacifist. He was a coward”), or “His only political party was himself. He was his religion”) but his talent is also dragged into the light, his complex way of playing, his half-forgotten pieces and his incorruptible pride (King Alfonso XII asked him for an encore on one occasion and Manén told him to shove it up his a**). The lid comes off the barrel, and it overflows with riches.

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Orquestra OBC, Maria Victòria Brunet Manén, Maria Asunción Guardia, Daniel Blanch, Samuel Castellanos, Kalina Macuta, Jaime del Blanco, Carles Feliu, Xavier Puig, Josep Pons, Joan Guinjoan, Jordi Cervelló, Albert Guinovart, Marta Mathéu, Àlex Garrobé

Daniel Torres Vergé, Jaime Ballada Larrasa

Daniel Torres Vergé, Jaime Ballada Larrasa

Daniel Torres Vergé, Jaime Ballada Larrasa

Music Composer
Joan Manén

Daniel Torres Vergé, Jaime Ballada Larrasa

Film company
Marcial Audiovisual SCP

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