History

Arlet Films S. L. is a television and film production company, based in Barcelona ​​in line with previous productions of the journalist and writer Ramon Vilaró - www.ramonvilaro.com - who was a producer of the documentary JAVIER. The legacy of Francis Xavier in Japan , co directed by Gonzalo Robledo , on the occasion of the V Centenary of the Birth of St. Francis Xavier , in 2006.


Other productions were Made in Barcelona (documentary series 6x30' for TVE and Japanese public broadcaster NHK, 1992), Miró, the light de Mallorca (1x54' a TV3 documentary in 1993) and associate producer of the documentary To Ship wreck Friendship (2009) with PEACE , Inc. Tokyo.


Arlet Films S. L. currently makes the documentary From Allies Massacred . The last of the Philippines, in co-production with TVE.


In preparing the feature film Time difference based on the Dainichi novel - published in Japanese by Heibonsha, 2010 - together with co-producer and writer Gonzalo Robledo, and the American film director Nancy Savoca, and PEACE, Inc producer - Tokyo.

Projects

Pre-production

GASPAR DE PORTOLÀ
and the Catalan roots
of California

Director: Ramon Vilaró

Screenplay: Ramon Vilaró

Producer: Cris Gibert

Format: 60' HD

Languages: catalan - spanish - english

The Catalan Gaspar de Portolà i Rovira (Os de Balaguer, 1716 - Lleida 1786) Captain of Dragoons of Compañia Franca Volunteers from Catalonia, with the Spaniard Fray Junipero Serra, among others, starred in the foundation of the Presidios, currently Missions, from San Diego to San Francisco. Are the Catalan roots of California.





TIME DIFERENCE

Script by Gonzalo Robledo

Based on the novel DAINICHI by Ramon Vilaró

Concept

TIME DIFFERENCE is a medieval epic that follows the tradition of such great samurai sagas as Kagemusha, with the overtones of Hitchockish suspense and cultural misunderstandings of a historical scale far surpassing "Lost in Translation."

Log line

Francis Xavier, a shrewd Spanish missionary, proves that his samurai friend accused of slaughtering a Buddhist monk is innocent using a novel european invention of the time, the mechanical clock, and teaching a new concept unknown to XVI century Japan, the alibi.

Style

TIME DIFFERENCE capitalizes on the rich imagery of the Civil Wars ages in XVI century Japan??This was a turbulent period of conflict and splendor that paved the way for the consolidation of Japan as a unified nation. Many well-known Japanese feature films in the West such as Kagemusha draw from this picturesque period. TIME DIFFERENCE holds his revealing dialectic confrontation with the Buddhist warrior monks in the serenity of the Zen gardens. This is in stark contrast to the spectacular battle lead by an army of fierce horsemen as they fight for the feudal lord who made these European missionaries his proteges.

The deep green landscape of Navarra is shown in flash backs as Xavier recalls moments of his childhood. It serves as a background in explaining the humorous contrast between two cultures, which are often polar opposites and yet have uncanny similarities.

Western technology and inventions like Xavier's mechanical clock and the rifles that the Portuguese sailors carry with them play a key role as an intriguing story of suspense unravels around the alleged killing of a Buddhist monk by Anjiro, the samurai interpreter who accompanies Xavier.

TIME DIFFERENCE tries to elevate the historical figure from Navarra to the height of an all-time movie hero by highlighting his human qualities and his painstaking efforts to form cultural ties between Europe and Japan. He had foreseen the need for formulas to avoid conflict between civilizations, which is more needed than ever in our present time.

The plot of solving the assassination of the Buddhist monk wrongfully attributed to Anjiro using the alibi as a concept unknown to XVI century Japan is a perfect way to become familiar with the customs of that country and to explain the cultural abyss that lies between the characters despite their emotional closeness.

Tone

TIME DIFFERENCE is an epic with great challenges, spiced with inevitable humor arising from cultural conflicts and the intelligence of a good mystery.

Documentary

FROM ALLIES TO MASSACRED.
The last of the Philippines

Director: Ramon Vilaró

Screenplay: Ramon Vilaró and Cristina Gibert

Photography: Josep Muray

Format: 58' HD

Languages: catalan - spanish - english

Year: 2014

From Allies a massacred. The last of the Philippines is the story of the Spanish colony in the Philippines during World War II. It is the direct testimony of the survivors who went from being allies massacred, the sway of the alliance between Spain of the Franco dictatorship and imperialist Japan. It has, also, the history of Tabacalera, the Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas.





Del naufragio a la amistad

Director: Gonzalo Robledo

Film-maker: Gonzalo Robledo

Production: PEACE - Inc - Tokio

Associate Producer: Ramon Vilaró

Languages: spanish - english - japanese

Format: 60' HD

Year: 2009

This documentary explores the possibility that the treasure of the Spanish galleon San Francisco continue in the waters of Onjuku (Chiba, Japan) which sank after running aground the night of September 1609 Filmed in Onjuku, Tokyo, Madrid, Seville and Saipan

ATENCIO

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Javier

Director: Ramon Vilaró - Gonzalo Robledo

Film-maker: Gonzalo Robledo

Production: Ramon Vilaró, Yasuko Sagara, Intermedia Japan, laCOSTA and Grupo EIG

Languages: spanish - euskera - english - french - japanese

Format: 52'

Year: April 2006

This documentary traces the life of Francisco Javier, his tour of Asian lands and in particular his stay in Japan, where he was one of the first Europeans to arrive in the islands, half of the sixteenth century.

The documentary contrasts the history of the Jesuit missionary and heritage that still exists among Japanese, more than Catholics, culinary traditions, the evolution of the watch and the press, the celebration of marriages, or the influence of universities and schools run by the Jesuits.

ATENCIO

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Miró

Director: Ramon Vilaró - Gonzalo Robledo

Film-maker: Marcel.li Parés and Jaume Bordoy

Production: Ramon Vilaró, Jaume Bordoy and Advance Video-Bordoy Video

Languages: catalan - spanish - english - german

Format: 50'

Year: 1993

The Centenary of Joan Miró (born in Barcelona on April 20, 1893) one of the most important painters of the twentieth century, is recreated in this documentary through testimonies and people who knew him or lived his work. It is a journey through the places, paintings, sculptures, tapestries and ceramics from the famous Catalan painter.

ATENCIO

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Made in Barcelona

Director: Ramon Vilaró

Film-maker: Jesús Garay, Pere Portabella, Jordi Cadena

Production: Paco Poch, Ramon Vilaró and Virgina films-Advance Video

Languages: spanish - english - japanese

Format: 3 x 1 hour o 6 x 1/ 2 hour

Year: 1992

This documentary series is a walk through Barcelona's artistic figures, and jobs created throughout the twentieth century. Focused on the areas of architecture, literature, design, painting, music and fashion. Some of the characters that are addressed are: Antoni Tapies, Miquel Barceló, Frederic Amat, Oriol Bohigas, Ricardo Bofill, Javier Mariscal, Joan Brossa, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and Toni Miró.

ATENCIO

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