Interview

Mateo Gil

'Small budgets give you total freedom'

He has worked as a scriptwriter for filmmakers of the likes of Alejandro Amenábar, and for films such as Tesis, Mar Adentro and Ágora. He also directed the thriller, Nadie conoce a nadie, as well as...

Food for thought

You have lived in Catalonia for 16 years but the story of how you came to live here is interesting:I was born in Cameroon –where my mum was in training for finances. My parents are from Rwanda. When...

Becoming somebody new

Your film, La propera pell (The Next Skin), won six awards at the Malaga film festival and three Gaudí awards for best film in Catalan, best script and best actress (Emma Suárez).It is a film co-directed...

On the grammar of DNA

Why is Catalonia so big in biomedicine?It's out of proportion with the size of the country. This in part is due to the long tradition of business, but also to the long tradition in medicine. There have...

'I am an eclectic person'

Where are you from Marga and what a beautiful name!I am from Equatorial Guinea. My name Marga comes from the name Margarita. Like the pizza or the drink or the flowers. My grandmother is also called Margarita.Most...

A song for the world

You are the new director of the Orfeó Català choir and artistic advisor at the Palau de la Música. How do you manage to combine this with your activities abroad?With great difficulty and a lot of planning....

Returning smiles to kids' faces

How did the Quintana lab come about?ES: We had both gone to Seattle to do post-doc degrees in neurobiology and were in neighbouring labs, which allowed us to collaborate on various projects. After we finished...

Andrea, and all that jazz

You are one of the most popular jazz musicians of the moment, and you are here today to talk about your new album, Emotional Dance.Yes, that's right, it will come out in February next year. We went to...

On the road to recovery

What is the Graduate School of Economics?The GSE was founded 10 years ago. It was a joint project between the UAB and Pompeu Fabra and two research centres, CSIC and CREI. These were already collaborating...

A Catalan Kiwi on screen

You are one of the few Catalan actors with English as a mother tongue.Indeed, my mother is from New Zealand and she has talked to me in English since I was a kid, actually the first words I ever spoke...