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In 2011 he won the Catalan Academy Award for his movie debut, Cuatro estaciones, a low budget romantic comedy that was highly appreciated by the public, both in its TV screenings as well as on the Internet. Marcel Barrena is the first director that won Gaudí Award for two different films (for "Cuatro Estaciones" and "Little World" as well). Cuatro Estaciones was the first TV movie to represent Spain at CinemaSpagna Festival in Rome. It also won the Best Movie, Director and FIPRESCI awards at the Festival de Alicante and best TV-Movie at the Catalan Gaudi Festival. Barrena’s second film is the acclaimed documentary Món Petit (Little World). The film has been recently awarded with the DOC U Award at IDFA, the most important documentary film festival in the world, and has become the first Spanish movie to get to the 3rd place at the IDFA Audience Award, out of 300 documentaries. Neil Young, from the Hollywood Reporter, defines Little World as “one of my top 10 films of the year.” Little World: Best Documentary at Boulder International Film Festival (2013); Audiencia Award at Norwegian Dok Film Festival... Little World will open commercially in 2013 in Spain. Before that, it will be visiting some of the greatest film festivals around the world.
AWARDS AND FILM FESTIVALS
LITTLE WORLD (2012) Gaudí Award, for the best documentary of the year. Goya Nomination, for the best documentary of the year. Best Documentary: Boulder Film Festival (USA) IDFA 2012: DocU Award; 3rd Audience Award. Norwegian Doc Film Festival: Audience Award. Palm Springs International Film Festival (out of competition). Bradford Film Festival. ZagrebDox (Croatia): Young Jury Award. Fic-Cat, Official Selection. Shanghai International Film Festival- Panorama. Gdansk DokFilm Festival: official Selection.
CUATRO ESTACIONES (2010) Catalan Academy: Best TVMovie of the Year: GAUDÍ. Festival de Alicante: Best Director; Best Film and FIPRESCI Award.
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