FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona’s ups and downs are indicators of the self-confidence of the whole Catalan region. Since June 2003, the club has been managed by a new team consisting of the young lawyer Joan Laporta as the president and some dotcom millionaires as the new managers. Their “mission impossible” is to lead the club out of a 250-million-euro debt and back to success.

News

  • 03/2006 - FC Barcelona awarded with the Grimme-Award

    FC Barcelona Confidential has been awarded with the Grimme-Award as an “outstanding example of backgrund coverage in sports”.

    FC Barcelona Confidential has been awarded with the Grimme-Award as an "outstanding example of backgrund coverage in sports".


  • 05/2009 - Schlaglicht (bright light) Barcelona

    Our documentary  FC Barcelona Confidential will be screened on Thursday, June 18th at 10:00pm within „Schlaglicht (bright light) Barcelona“ at [...]

    Our documentary  FC Barcelona Confidential will be screened on Thursday, June 18th at 10:00pm within „Schlaglicht (bright light) Barcelona“ at the Kölner Filmhaus in Cologne.


  • 11/2007 - Nomination FC Barcelona

    FC Barceloa Confidential is nominated by the IHK. At the moment it is screened as part of the Ibero-American programme [...]

    FC Barceloa Confidential is nominated by the IHK. At the moment it is screened as part of the Ibero-American programme of cinema Central in Berlin.

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FC Barcelona

On June 15, 2003, a group of thirty-something professionals and dotcom millionaires, led by a young lawyer, Joan Laporta, took over one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Their timing could not have been worse. The team had been suffering a long, humiliating streak: Dwarfed by the success of their eternal rivals, the glamorous Real Madrid, FC Barcelona had not won a game in four seasons – and the club was technically bankrupt, 250 million euros in debt, with general disgrace and accusations of corruption hanging heavily in the air after years of decadent and disastrous mismanagement

Youth, ambition, Catalan nationalism, dotcom expertise, commercial aggressiveness, a break from the old mafia-style ethos of football management, a commitment to Barça’s huge 100,000 person-strong fan base, and, last but not least, a passion for football combined into an almost messianic mission. The reinvention of the club was underway!

With unprecedented, exclusive access to the inner workings of the major European club, we observe the story of Laporta’s and his team’s first year. Not from a distance, but from right beside the main players in private meetings. After their dramatic victory in Barça’s unique elections, came the first crises – being snubbed by David Beckham – followed by the success in luring the Brazilian star Ronaldhino, confrontations with violent fans, and a complete reorganisation spanning from the football team to the offices.

“More than just a club” – Barça’s slogan signals its emotional, political and aspirational appeal to Catalans. Going far beyond sport, it is reflected in the obsessive media coverage in the press and television. This is a story of about power, ambition and identity as well as football.

The wave of hope and euphoria turns to pain and despair in the first half of the season as the football team fails to perform. The new board fights financial and commercial battles to survive. Usually only seen through a glare of media coverage, we see the real issues unfold behind closed doors. From an historic defeat in their own stadium against Real Madrid in December, Barça recovers spectacularly in the second half of the film. Its eternal rival Real Madrid collapses, Barça surges upwards, and the new board survives to usher in a radical new style of doing business in football, with the fiercest league in the world.

Director: Daniel Hernández, Justin Webster
Producers: Pablo Usón, Justin Webster, Christian Beetz
Creative Producer: Stephanie von Lukowicz
DoP: Pep Sancho
Editors: Jorge Mota, Olivier Bugee Coutté
Sound Engineer: Alex Vilches
Composer: La Crem
Line Producer: Eloi Aymerich
2nd Camera: Daniel Hernández, Nick Bolger, Jon López, Pedro Ballesteros, Jordi Marqués, David Omedes, Pau Castejón, Manel Capdevila
Assistant Editors: Jon López, Aymar del Amo, Itatí Moyano, Lluna Antunez
Graphics: Jorge Mota
Sound Mixing: Dirk Schwibbert
Scientific Advisor: Frédéric Traïni
Comissioning Editors BBC: Nick Fraser, Jo Lapping
Comissioning Editors TVC: Jordi Ambrós, Joan Casas
Comissioning Editors NPS: Annemiek van der Zanden, George van Breemen
Comissioning Editor ARTE/ZDF: Martin Pieper
Executive Producer Easy Film A/S: Claus Ladegaard
Executive Producers ALEA TV: Pablo Usón, Daniel Wolf
Executive Producers GebruederBeetz: Christian Beetz, Reinhardt Beetz

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