The movie theaters of Catalonia and Spain released, last Friday November 9th, the new movie by Joel Joan and Sergi Lara, "Fenix 11.23". Inspired by real events that occurred in the fall of 2004, when Èric Bertran, a 14 year old boy, created a website inspired by "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" to defend the Catalan language. One night, thirty policemen of the Madrid antiterrorist brigade stormed into his home and accused him of Cyber terrorism. His crime: to send an e-mail to a supermarket chain asking for labeling in Catalan. At the time, Noam Chomsky said "the world should know the story of Eric".
The soundtrack is composed and produced by Roger Julià, and features the musicians George Whitty (keyboardist of Herbie Hancock and Celine Dion), Joel Rosenblatt (drummer of Michel Camilo and Spyro Gyra) and Chris Taylor (guitarist of Randy Brecker and Robert Washington Jr.). The score is mixed by James T. Hill (Collateral, The Interpreter and Dreamcatcher), and the executive production by Kay Productions.
The film includes the songs "Som" by Catalan band
Obrint Pas and "Boykot" by KOP. The soundtrack is soon to be released
on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores. Click here for more info about the movie,
or here for the trailer.
wrote nine of the 12 tracks on the album, and among the three cover tracks
there is Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills”, David Foster’s “The Prayer” and the
celebrated “Time To Say Goodbye”. It was recorded in Australia, performed by the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
The Catalan Academy of Cinema awarded Roger Julià the Petit Gaudí. This was the first edition of the awards, which the Academy gives to Catalan people working in the Hollywood industry. The ceremony happened at the Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles. Other awardees are actress Claudia Bassols ("The Eagle Path"), producers Julio and Carlos Fernandez ("The Machinist"), the animators Jordi and Carles Grangel ("The Corpse Bride"), and the animator Xavier Pineda ("The Simpsons").