A sensual portrait of an urban community that explores human desires, ambitions and fragility through the daily activities of a swimming club. In a spectacular setting overlooking the beach, port and city of Barcelona, suntanned grannies, world-class athletes and the body-beautiful converge in their search for happiness and wellbeing.

This 67-minute documentary is the result of two years intense exploration of life at the club by the director Rose Kowalski and producer Madeleine Sheahan (both club members).

"When we started coming to the club we were struck by the atmosphere of community and tolerance.  We were inspired by the enthusiasm for life the club members exuded and how just coming through the door was to enter a microcosm of life.  We recognised it as an ideal situation to make a film and to share that experience.  In this film, the club is the setting for a journey from childhood to old age and we share profound and intimate moments with people we encounter at different points on the great wheel of life.” – Rose Kowalski.

The film was shot on 16mm film and digital video.  The use of film provided particularly gorgeous images of water and the human body – training, swimming and relaxing.

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Producer: Polar Star Films, info@polarstarfilms.com, tel +34 93 200 4777
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15 July, 2013 - BTV will be the second channel to screen our documentary The Club this year to celebrate Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta's centenary. BTV will screen the full 67min version of this documentary of a year in the life of this swimming club, along with 3 previously unseen extras on the 22 August 2013.

14 June, 2013 - Watch The Club online at 3alacarta: http://www.tv3.cat/3alacarta/#/videos/1514969

30 May, 2013 - In honor of Club Natació Atlčtic-Barceloneta's centenary this year, "EL CLUB" will screen on Canal 33 Thursday 30 de May at 22.35.

8-13 March, 2010 - selected for the ¨Santiago Alvarez in Memoriam¨ International Documentary Festival, Cuba.

27 Feb-28 March, 2010 - Selected for Documentary Edge 2010 New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival (World Cinema), Auckland & Wellington.

09 January, 2010 - EL CLUB transmission on TVC Canal 33. TVC's Sports Department has programmed EL CLUB at 15:30h, Saturday 9th of January on Canal 33. Read about it at:www.TV3.cat

26 October - 01 November, 2009 - Selected for DOK Leipzig Market.

29 September, 2009 - EL CLUB television transmission on TVC Canal 33 ( click here to read more )

18 September, 2009 - Polar Star Films & Barceloneta Civic Centre are pleased to invite you to a screening of THE CLUB, 18 September, 19.45, Sala de Actos, El Centro Cívico de Barceloneta C/Conreria 1-9, 08003, Barcelona, tel 93 256 33 20

October, 2009 - Official Selection (in competition - Best Ibero-American Documentary) DOCSDF international documentary film festival, 15-24 October 2009, Mexico City

20 June, 2009 - "El Club" premiered in an open-air screening at the club itself, alongside the outdoor pool.

directora: ROSE KOWALSKI productora: MADELEINE SHEAHAN directora de foto: ANNA MOLINS muntadora: JUDITH MIRALLES
productor executiu: CARLES BRUGUERAS
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