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The Photographer Who Loved Gypsies<br />

Directed by Yago <strong>Leonard</strong><br />

“A fascinating character. It is a lively work, well orchestrated and essential to approach the gypsy reality,<br />

so misunderstood and badly studied“, Jordi Batlle (La Vanguardia)<br />

“A forgotten man and his photographs are brought back from oblivion in this fascinating docu”<br />

Jonathan Holland (Variety)<br />

“A discovery halfway between the recovery of a misunderstood person in his time and a documentary<br />

about personal stories. Simple but disquieting research piece”, Carlos Marañón (Cinemanía)<br />

Produced by CURT FICCIONS CURT PRODUCCIONS S.L.


<strong>Jacques</strong> <strong>Leonard</strong><br />

<strong>El</strong> <strong>payo</strong> <strong>Chac</strong><br />

Adventurer, skilled horseman, writer, photographer,<br />

filmmaker, artisan and a gypsy cultural enthusiast. <strong>Jacques</strong><br />

<strong>Leonard</strong> (Paris 1909 – L´Escala (Girona) 1995), “el <strong>payo</strong><br />

<strong>Chac</strong>” (<strong>Chac</strong>, the non-gypsy) , fell in love with Barcelona<br />

and settled there.<br />

For 15 years, his legacy was kept in a storage room. Today,<br />

by opening the archive, his sons Santiago and Alex, revive<br />

this great French photographer who sought the world of the<br />

gypsy people. Further, they find in <strong>Jacques</strong>’ own handwriting<br />

all the secrets of his hazardous and hectic life, which<br />

culminated when he met Rosario Amaya, a beautiful gypsy<br />

from Barcelona. They discover the true identity of a father<br />

who rarely spoke about himself.<br />

<strong>Jacques</strong> own voice and the voices of the people who knew<br />

him make up a fascinating portrait thoroughly illustrated by<br />

his own photographs.<br />

Director YAGO LEONARD Screenplay NURIA VILLAZÁN Cinematography CARLES<br />

MESTRES Associate Producer SARA DE LECEA Production Manager MÒNICA<br />

LLUBERA Film Editor PAU ATIENZA Postproduction and Graphics PAU VALIENTE<br />

Original Music LISANDRO RODRÍGUEZ Executive Producers CARMEN ISASA<br />

(Curt Ficcions Curt Produccions) JORDI AMBRÒS (TVC) ANDRÉS LUQUE (TVE)<br />

PRODUCED BY:<br />

Curt Fi�ions<br />

Curt Produ�ions<br />

C/Llull, 27-39, 3º1ª Bis<br />

08005 Barcelona<br />

+34 93 320 80 92<br />

curt�ccions@curt�ccions.org<br />

61 ‘ HD<br />

Spain (2011)<br />

O.V.S. English<br />

INTERNATIONAL SALES<br />

Urban Films<br />

C/ Viriato, 2. 28010 Madrid<br />

+34 91 447 95 43<br />

+34 619 31 70 72<br />

urban@urban�lms-sl.com<br />

urban.�lms.sl@gmail.com<br />

www.curt�ccions.org www.jacquesleonard.wordpress.com

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