Constructing Albert

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Spain | 2017 | 82 minutes | Laura Collado, Jim Loomis

After the closing of Spain's legendary elBulli, the restaurant's unsung creative genius Albert Adrià, the younger brother of head chef Ferran, embarks on a herculean new endeavor-opening six completely unique restaurants in the heart of Barcelona to create a miracle mile of haute cuisine.

"The unique atmospheres of his restaurants also give the film a bit more flavour than one finds in the conventional kitchen doc." Patrick Mullen - Point of View Magazine 

Seven years after its closing, there is little that can be added to the mythology of Spain's legendary elBulli that hasn't already been articulated. With three Michelin stars, five RESTAURANT MAGAZINE "World's Best Restaurant" awards, and over a million reservation requests per year, elBulli catapulted its head chef, Ferran Adria, into the rarified space of global celebrity, spearheading the molecular gastronomy movement and earning him the distinction of being the World's Greatest Chef. Yet behind Adria's success was a lesser-known if equally important element: the drive and passion of his younger brother Albert, often called the World's Most Underrated Chef. With elBulli's heyday long behind him, Albert works furiously to establish his own culinary identity, opening five wildly varied Barcelona-area restaurants in a single year-and winning a pair of Michelin stars in the process. Yet even fresh accolades and a newly minted reputation of his own aren't enough: Seeking nothing less than a radical redefining of the dining experience itself, the younger Adria sets out to articulate the paradigm-shifting culinary vision he's always strived for with bold new restaurant Enigma, driving himself to the brink of emotional and financial collapse in this no-holds-barred look at a modern visionary from directors Laura Collado and Jim Loomis.

Director Biography
Laura Collado is a Spanish director who began her filmmaking career producing a series of documentaries for Al Jazeera's People and Power. She has produced such documentaries as La Casa (2009) and Yorgos (2014) and started her own production company, Trueday Films, in 2013.

Jim Loomis has been working in documentary for fifteen years as a director, editor, and director of photography. He co-founded the Barcelona based Trueday Films (with Laura Collado) in 2013.

Sponsored by Accion Cultural Espanola, Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Institut Ramon Llull, Catalan Films & TV, Seattle Met

  • Director: Laura Collado, Jim Loomis
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Laura Collado
  • Screenplay: Laura Collado
  • Cinematographers: Jim Loomis
  • Editors: Jim Loomis
  • Music: Arian Levin
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film for both Directors
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Juno Films
  • International Sales: Juno Films