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MUSICIANS


The Hero Myth is an unscripted musical road movie that will take you from Catalonia across to Switzerland, Hungary and India to discover the extraordinary music played by the owners of some very peculiar violins.


POTTERS


The Mudmakers documentaries, made in collaboration with MUDTHING, features gifted clay artists from around the world.
A visual feast for your heart and soul.


ARCHITECTS


Spanish architects explain how specific construction challenges have enabled them to create some of their most singular work. Architecture dialogues aims to share ideas and push for a more responsible approach to architecture.


CHEFS


Beyond the Stars.Candid chats with hospitality professionals who have set up successful and inspirational businesses.





The Hero Myth.
An unscripted musical road movie.

The legacy of an enigmatic instrument maker who seduced musicians, music lovers and even a film crew with his unconventional ways and unique multi-stringed violins. This unscripted musical road movie takes you from Catalonia across to Switzerland, Hungary and India to discover the extraordinary music that the owners of these violins play. But as the musicians reflect on friendship, life, death and their art, some unexpected details emerge that call our charismatic hero into question.

Language
English and Spanish

Subtitles
English and Spanish





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Duration.40'

An emotionally charged visit to the studio of the violin maker Ricard Margarit, several months after his premature death. The Venezuelan violinist and conductor Ernesto Briceño shows us the unusual violins and other stringed instruments that Ricard had spent his lifetime working on.

Zoltán Lantos, the Hungarian violinist, was like a brother to Ricard Margarit. Listen to Lantos playing his own superb Indian raga while he explains why, as a talented virtuoso, he turned his back on probable success in the world of classical music to pursue his interest in jazz and Indian music.





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The music of the avant-garde Swiss violinist Paul Giger will not leave you indifferent. Giger puts his violins through their paces to obtain their maximum expression and diversity of sound. In between fielding difficult questions about his spirituality, he puts on a concert just for us at his local church.





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India is the place that connects Ricard Margarit with all of the musicians that own his unusual violins. The celebrity Indian violinist L. Subramaniam tells us about narrowly escaping with his life from Sri Lanka as a child and how one day Ricard Margarit came knocking at his door.





Mudmakers Docs

Burnt out by the fast-paced digital world? Want to reconnect with yourself and the tangible world? If so, this inspiring series is for you. Immerse yourself in moving stories about clay artists around the world and learn how the act of making has the power to transform and give meaning to our lives.


A land of wild clay

Julia and Milena leave their lives in Barcelona to go and research native clays in the backwater wilderness of Southern Spain. An uplifting story about reconnecting with your origins as a way towards a meaningful future.

Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English





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Duration.9'

Find out how Julia and Milena got started on their wild clay adventure and join them as they forage for clay close to their studio in the hills of Almeria, Spain.





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Duration.11'

Take a trip to the hidden canyons of Almería. See Julia and Milena going through the stages of processing, shaping, glazing and firing their foraged clay and listen to the ups and downs of hitting on a good clay formula.





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Duration.7'

Julia and Milena take us to their favourite clay location, give us some pointers about finding wild clay and talk about how their project has helped to ground and connect them on a human level.





Wood firing with Nancy Fuller

Nancy Fuller’s work embodies a lifelong search for her place in the world. She has managed to captivate fellow potters and galleries alike with her compelling personal story and her demanding making and firing processes that work in rhythm with nature and at the same time mimic the very cycle of nature.

Language
English

Subtitles
English and Spanish





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Duration.20'

Find out who Nancy Fuller is, learn more about the story behind her enigmatic work, and watch her mesmerizing making process.





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Get up close to Nancy as she fires her woodburning anagama kiln for four days non-stop in the woodlands of eastern Scotland. Find out more about the ancestral Japanese techniques and philosophy that lie at the heart of her work.





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Experience the thrill of opening up the kiln after months of hard work and enjoy the privilege of seeing the pieces as they emerge.





Architecture Dialogues

An initiative to share ideas and push towards more environmentally responsible architecture.


The project is centred on a series of video interviews with renowned architects and experts from the building trade. In these interviews, experienced and emerging professionals talk about innovative solutions they’ve come up with to tackle real construction challenges they’ve faced. We hope this shared experience will inspire communication and collaboration between all players in the trade with a view to building a more sustainable future.

Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English
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Daniel Isern. Architect

Duration.7'

Ugly, too high, and at the same time, too low, and above all, unbearably noisy… what else can you ask for?

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Carlos Lamela. Architect

Duration.5'

Nowadays we’ve all seen that it’s practically a shopping centre, where you sometimes catch a plane. I’m joking of course, but the economic factor now has a major influence on the way an airport is built.



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Felip Pich-Aguilera. Architect

Duration.6'

Respect for the environment as a value we must manage has become a social consensus, architecture should seek alternatives that provide a more stimulating relationship with nature and a more honest application of natural resources, which can give us objective guidelines to address planning and construction technology from a contemporary appreciation.





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New Protos wineries

Duration.5'

We speak to Antonio Paniagua, an architect who’s ditched his ego to create a winery which literally disappears into the hill to allow the surrounding vineyards, castle of Peñafiel and earlier cellar by Richard Rogers to take centre stage.







Beyond the stars

An insider’s view of the hospitality trade.


We bring you candid chats with hospitality professionals that have made a valuable contribution to the trade in Spain. This exclusive series of insights is essential viewing for anyone setting up or wanting to refocus a hotel, restaurant or bar.

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Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English





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Disfrutar Restaurant

Duration.17'

Since tentatively starting out with their first restaurant Compartir, it wasn’t until five years later that Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch acquired the business know-how, means and community to serve the vanguard cuisine they have a flair for.






About

The Silly Box is a place where you can fill up on visually and intellectually stimulating films about talented artists from different disciplines. Delve into the worlds of creative minds with cultures and skill sets that are different to your own as a way to fire your imagination and kick start new creative processes.

The Silly Box is an independent project developed by Asensio Comunicació Visual, a creative agency and audiovisual production company based in Barcelona.