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The Blue Skin Islands

"Les Illes de la Pell Blava" is a tribute to the fragile beauty of Balearic skin , and a tribute to the women and men who merged with the nature of these islands to found a landscape of irresistible sensuality. .

Through this tribute, BioSciCat aims to help forge, among the heirs of this land, the awareness that the slow destruction of their skin will eventually lead to the disappearance of an aesthetic and a magical and poetic way of understanding life.

 

The Balearic Islands are one of the last strongholds that still retain the most genuine and atavistic essences in the Mediterranean world. This is evidenced by the fact that they have become the only corner of old Europe where the " Song of the Sibyl " has never ceased to resound, a song of medieval origin - declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO - which is already part of the echo and light of this blue skin.

FACT SHEET

Idea, texts i  address:   GUILLERMO GARCÍA

Photography:   JAVIER BARON

Music:   MARIA DEL MAR BONET   (Singing  of the Sibyl)

Direction  Production:   MARGA MANZANO

Production  filming technique:   JAUME SOLÉ

Production Manager:  ODA CADIACH

So i  assembly:  JAVIER BARON  

Distribution  and communication:   CRISTINA GARCÍA BAYLO

COLLABORATIONS

Maria del Mar Bonet (Interpretation  of the “Cant  of the Sibyl ”).

Record Label © PICAP (Rights  album “Friend, Beloved”).

© MN Films (Production  technique i  artistic)

Government  of the Balearic Islands (Support and distribution)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Catalina Massutí, Maria Mas  (Service  of Spaces  Naturals)

Yanni Munujos (Management Maria del Mar Bonet)

THE BLUE SKIN

In the collective imagination, inside and outside Europe, " Mediterraneanness " is one of the most magical and seductive expressions of landscape and culture that have been derived from the interaction between the human species and nature. It is, in fact, a different ethical and aesthetic way of understanding light, time, landscape, life.

Entering the Mediterranean world is like immersing yourself in a unique sensory and experiential universe, which distills the vital wisdom of the classical cultures that patiently shaped it for millennia. This sensory landscape is like a kind of subtle mantle, salty and fragile, covering everything, an ancient skin with a strange and blue delicacy that gives it a charming and inexplicable beauty .

The Balearic Islands are one of the last paradises where scenic redoubts are preserved in which it is still possible to observe this Mediterraneanness sculpted in the landscape. The Balearic skin still has this delicate blue sensuality , and on it are preserved some of the most sublime expressions of the Mediterranean landscape.

 

However, these landscape shrines are becoming less and less, and their preservation will only be possible if a true collective consciousness of deep respect for them ends up being forged in our society.

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“Balearic skin still retains in its geography corners of a remote, ancient and blue sensuality.  The "Blue Skin Islands" is a tribute to this beauty, and a warning of its extreme fragility. ”

"Les Illes de la Pell Blava" is an essay to look for new audiovisual formulas that allow us to reach the general public and raise a truth that is both uncomfortable and undeniable: the landscape in which we grew up helps us understand who we are, the way we try, too . It has been produced to alert the heirs of these islands, and all those who have ever been attracted by its beauty, to the extreme fragility of its blue skin.

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MARIA DEL MAR BONET I  EL 'CANT  DE LA SIBIL·LA '

The " Song of the Sibyl " is a medieval song of pagan origin, through which the apocalyptic prophecies that foretold the end of the world and the final judgment were evoked and staged during the Mass of the Rooster. They were announced by the Sibyls, prophets of classical antiquity (from Asia Minor first, and from Greece and Rome later). Its musical and theatrical integration in the Christian liturgy increasingly possessed a more sophisticated staging, seeking to alleviate the heaviness of the long ceremonies that on Christmas Eve lasted until dawn (the song of the Rooster).

The first known musical version dates from 975. The Song of the Sibyl spread throughout the Middle Ages throughout Mediterranean Europe, multiplying the languages in which it was performed ( llatí, occità, català, castellà, etc. .) i els territoris en els quals es popularitzava (França, Itàlia, Castella, Navarra, illes mediterrànies, etc.).

Sibylline verses eventually became a popular anthem and a true symbol of identity that resonated in temples throughout the Mediterranean basin, until the Council of Trent eventually banned celebrations of pagan origin. . The strong popular resistance could not prevent the echo of the Song of the Sibyl from gradually fading throughout Europe.

Indeed, this symbol of the distant Mediterranean nights was extinguished forever, but it was confined to two remote corners: Mallorca and Sardinia.

After more than a thousand years, the Cant de la Sibil·la is today a true symbol of collective identity in the Balearic cultural imaginary , and its persistence as a popular song is further proof that the Balearic Islands are a of the last refuges in which the essence of the Mediterranean world is best preserved. Not in vain, in 2010, the Song of the Sibyl was declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

The Balearic Islands are one of the last strongholds where the most genuine and atavistic essences of the Mediterranean world are still preserved. This is evidenced by the fact that they have become the only corner of old Europe where the "Song of the Sibyl" has never ceased to resound, a song that is already part of the echo and light of her blue skin.

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The Cant de la Sibil·la resonates again in cathedrals and churches inside and outside the Balearic Islands. The verses of this song are, today more than ever, a true anthem of the Balearic Islands, something that has certainly been possible thanks to a voice that has become the most universal ambassador of these verses: the voice of Maria del Mar Bonet .

Since 1979, Maria del Mar Bonet has recited the Song of the Sibyl incessantly in temples and cities in the Mediterranean, achieving without a doubt the most sublime interpretations of this Balearic anthem and making her notes and verses have been indefinitely united forever in his voice. Thanks to her, this song in the Mediterranean sounds again on all the remote shores on the other side of the Balearic Sea.

THE PROJECT

 

The "Blue Skin Islands" is a sensory tribute in the form of a short film to one of the most iconic and unrepeatable landscapes in the Mediterranean.

The project is part of a strategy promoted by BioSciCat with the aim of promoting the preservation of the Mediterranean ecosystems of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands . This strategy is motivated by the conviction that this goal will only be achieved if we are able to build in our society a thought and a culture of deep respect for everything around us. In short, the aim is to reach and influence the "general public" (society as a whole, without exception) by making use of the capacity for seduction offered by audiovisual communication in general, and cinematic language in particular.

In this context, "The Blue Skin Islands" is the first production in micro - audiovisual format (along with the series " It 's Christmas Time in Nature ") of a series that will see the light over the coming years. Its format has been designed to be distributed mainly through television wedges, social networks, and other online spaces.

FOCUS  TECHNICIAN  I  ARTISTIC

 

The communicative strategy of the project and the artistic approach at the cinematographic level, demanded to create a sensory homage to the Balearic Islands of an unprecedented aesthetic bill, a film, in short, that allowed to transmit the extreme sensuality of the Balearic landscape. how to emphasize its delicacy and fragility in a way never seen before.

For this reason, despite being a short-format audiovisual work (short film), it has required a complex and meticulous technical and artistic production in 4K film format.  executed for more than two years.

PRODUCTION  I  FINANCING

 

The short film has been promoted, produced and fully funded by the Catalan Society of Sciences for the Conservation of Biodiversity ( BioSciCat ), although it has had the support and technical and artistic advice of MN Films © for its production. .

  It has been possible thanks to the selfless collaborations of Maria del Mar Bonet (interpretation of the "Cant de la Sibil·la"), and the Picap © record label (Rights of the "Amic, Amat" album)

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