Waiting for Barcelona
by Juho-Pekka Tanskanen
Barcelona's labyrinthine streets are the epitome of romantic city life – as long as you don't live on them. But 27-year-old Mou does. Hhe left his homeland as a 12-year-old and has since lived a homeless life around Las Ramblas. But Mou is not just streetwise, he is also a popular man and a loyal friend. A love affair with a Spanish girl gives him hope of a new life – and a happy ending? – but the past and the mental pressures of an impossible situation catch up with his otherwise so positive spirit. An upbeat film about one of Europe's invisible lives, filmed at street-level in graphic black and white, reminiscent of the social-realist and political tradition of street photography. The Finnish filmmaker Juho-Pekka Tanskanen adroitly avoidsthe cliché of 'giving Mou a voice' – for Mou already has one. 'Waiting for Barcelona' is a portrait at eye-level with Mou himself, where politics is rooted in the tough personal experiences from the tourist-filled streets.