7 fun facts about KathNiel movie 'Barcelona: A Love Untold'

MANILA, Philippines – The tandem of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo returns to the big screen this September with the movie Barcelona: A Love Untold under Star Cinema.

The movie is their follow-up project after the success of Pangako Sa'Yo, which ended earlier this year. Also the stars of films like She's Dating the Gangster and Crazy Beautiful You, the two have come a long way. Here are some interesting facts about their new movie:

1. 'Barcelona' is their first movie under director Olivia M. Lamasan. During the press conference of the movie on Tuesday, August 30 at the Dolphy Theater, both Kathryn and Daniel shared some of their experiences working with one of the country's top directors and meeting Filipinos in Barcelona.

"Siguro naging masaya 'yung nakilala din namin ang Pilipino doon. 'Yung mga nagtratrabaho doon na nakasama namin na tumulong sa amin pagtapos ng mga eksena namin sa Barcelona. Dahil mas nakilala namin sila.

(I guess one of the most memorable moments was when we met the Filipinos there. Those who work there, whom we were able to spend time with and who helped us after doing the scenes in Barcelona, we we did get to know them better.)

As for working with direk Olivia or Inang as she is called in the industry, Daniel said: "Tinuro niya sa amin yung magpakumbaba doon sa Barcelona, kasi walang star-star, hindi pwede star doon[...]" 

(She taught us to be humble there in Barcelona because no one was uppity there, that was not allowed at all...)

When asked how the director brought their acting in the movie, Kathryn said: "pigang-piga as in." 

"Parang wala, dito talaga all out talaga. Pag si Inang talaga, parang hindi namin alam kung paano niya napapalabas yung emotion na kailangan kahit gaano ka simple or gaano ka bigat nung scene. Iyon kaya feel ko siya Inang talaga. And grabe po 'yung guidance ni Inang sa movie na ito – kung paano namin i-deliver yung line, 'yung paano pagiyak sa eksena na to. Kung paano sabihin, lahat iyon as in binabantayan niya. And we're very thankful na talagang tinanggap ni Inang itong project na ito[...]," Kathryn said.

(It was really all out. If it's Inang, we don't know how she does it, how she manages to squeeze out the emotion that is needed, no matter how simple or heavy the scene is. I guess that's why she's Inang. And she really gave all this guidance in this movie – how we should deliver the line, how to cry in the scene. Everything, as in she was really monitoring everything. And we're very thankful that Inang accepted this project.)

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"Sabi namin ni DJ na parang nag-back to zero kami. Parang nag-take uli kami ng panibagong course sa mundo ni Inang pag sa set. Kasi, parang 'yung pinag-aralan namin dati hindi pa iyon enough. Na parang ang dami pa namin kailangan na iimprove and ganyan," she said.

(DJ and said that we really felt we were back to zero. It's like we took another course in Inang's world when we're on set. Because, everything we studied before, is not enough. Like we felt we need to improve ourselves more and all.)

Kaya bang buksan ng bagong pag-ibig ang saradong puso? #BarcelonaALoveUntold Sept. 14 in cinemas worldwide! A video posted by STAR Cinema (@starcinema) on Aug 27, 2016 at 7:03pm PDT

 

2. The story of BarcelonaAt the press conference, writer Carmi Raymundo said that the story of Barcelona will revolve around the love between Ely and Mia, but also touches on the lives of OFWs.

"Not entirely, not really," she said when asked if it was a story about OFWs. "Its very core is a love story. It's a love story, which was there na doon na set sa Barcelona."

Carmi also said that prior to the shooting, she and direk Olivia went ahead of the cast to interview some of the Filipinos who were working there. 

Kathryn and Daniel with Inang. #BarcelonaBTS #BarcelonaALoveUntold in cinenas WORLDWIDE this September 14! A photo posted by STAR Cinema (@starcinema) on Aug 23, 2016 at 2:59am PDT

 

3. The KathNiel love team, 5 years strong. During the press conference for the movie, the two were asked as to whether they still have something to share about their blossoming relationship, after admitting they were exclusive to each other. (READ: Kathryn Bernardo on 'exclusive relationship' with Daniel Padilla)

Daniel said: "Ganito na lang. Basta kung ano 'yung nakikita n'yo sa screen, siguro sa tulong na din ng 5 taon iyon. Sa paano kami magtinginan ni Kathryn, dahil sa mga eksena syempre kailangan mo na may tingin ng pagmamahal diba... kasama iyon.

"Ngayon sa 5 taon, parang hinuhukay mo lang yung mga nangyari nung mga nakaraang taon na iyon and ilalabas mo sa eksena. so ang laking tulong nung samahan namin ni Kathryn [...]"

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4.The movie is Aiko Melendez's reunion project with Olivia Lamasan.

Barcelona also reunites Aiko Melendez with direk Olivia. The two worked together in Maalaala Mo Kaya The Movie in 1994, which was also the first movie of the director.

When asked how it was working with her again, Aiko said: "Gaya nga sabi ni KathNiel diba napaka pressure. Ako parang sa tagal ko sa industriya, bumalik na naman ako. Dito sa pelikula na ito nag-take 3 din ako sa buong buhay ko.

(Like what KathNiel said, there's really pressure. For me, having been in the industry for a long time, I really went back. It was in this movie that I had to do 3rd takes!) 

"At hindi siya breakdown or ano, napaka simple sabi ni Kat...sobrang busisi kasi," she said.  

(And this is not just about a breakdown [scene] or what, it was a simple one like what Kat said...because she was really very detailed-oriented.)

According to Aiko, when she got the offer to do the movie and found out it was Olivia Lamasan who was directing, she said yes without even reading the script.  

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5. Gary Valenciano sings the movie's theme song.

For Barcelona: A Love Untold, Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano has been asked by the people behind the movie to sing the theme song "I'll Never Love This Way Again."

 

6. The importance of Sagrada Familia in the film.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona is the Sagrada Familia, a church which has yet to be finished, despite starting construction in 1882.

Screengrab from YouTube/Star Cinema

Carmi Raymundo explained why they decided to film in Barcelona.

"Bakit Barcelona? Unang-una, espesyal 'yung role ng Sagrada Familia. Parang nung nakita ko 'yung... nabasa ko kasi 'yung kuwento niya kung bakit siya nabuo. Na yung Sagrada pala, binuo siya parang atonement, nung paghihingi ng pagpapatawad sa mga kasalanan ng buong city daw ng Barcelona nung time na iyon.

(Why Barcelona? First of all, the role of Sagrada Familia is very special. Because when I saw it...I read the story why it was created. That Sagrada was built as an atonement in asking for forgiveness for the sins of the city of Barcelona at that time.) 

"So 'pag natapos siya, iyon nga yung sinabi nung character ni Ely di ba na it will be the world's most beautiful apology. Tapos ang galing niya na naging metaphor nung simbahan na iyon, yung Sagrada in Spain pati doon sa pagmamahal nung mga characters[...]," she said.

(So when it's finished, as the character of Ely said that it will be the world's most beautiful apology. And it was amazing because  the church became a metaphor, the Sagrada in Spain, and for the love that developed between the characters...)

_Look how beautiful the Sagrada Família is at night… _Así de espléndida se muestra la Sagrada Familia de noche… _Així d’esplèndida es mostra la Sagrada Família de nit... #SagradaFamilia #SagradaFamília #AntoniGaudí #Gaudí #architecture #arquitectura #Barcelona #modernisme #modernism #Basílica A photo posted by Basílica de la Sagrada Família (@basilicasagradafamilia) on Jul 9, 2016 at 5:23am PDT

 

7. Kathryn and Daniel change their look for the movie.

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According to Daniel and Kathryn, aside from the acting, they also had to change up their look for the movie. 

Daniel explained the story behind his hair.

"Yung istorya nito humaba nga lang, humaba siya...so nung one time na dumating ako sa set, 'yung eksena ko bagong gising, tinamad akong mag-ayos dahil umagang-umaga so matutulog muna ako.

(The story was it just grew longer and longer [...] so that time when I arrived at the set, the scene was I just woke up, I was so lazy to fix my hair because it was still early and so I went back to sleep.)

"Nung ginigising na ako, di na ako nakapag-ayos ng buhok, eh nagustuhan naman ni Inang so okay to – new look," he said. 

(When they woke me up, I was not able to fix my hair anymore, and Inang liked it, so okay – new look.)

When asked who was her peg for her new look, Kathryn said direk Olivia gave her a specific look. 

"Si Inang talaga yung naging specific na dapat ito 'yung buhok ko. Kasi nung nag-ocular sila sa Barcelona, ganito talaga yung buhok ng mga tao. And nag-shoot kami doon, may mga dumadaan sa harap ko pati yung mga outfit ni Mia na grabe ito nga... kaya yung kulay nakapag pa ilan akong kulay para ma achieve tapos yung paano pagkakulot [...,]" she said joking that her hair was already suffering from all the curling.

(Inang really gave a specific look for my hair. Because when they went to Barcelona to have an ocular, a lot of people really had this look. And when we were shooting, there were some people who would pass by with something like Mia's outfit and this was like amazing...that's why I had to color my hair and we had to color it many times to achieve the right look, as well as how to curl it right[...]) 

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Barcelona: A Love Untold also stars Ana Capri, Joshua Garcia, Joey Marquez, Liza Diño, Ricky Davao, and Cris Villanueva. The movie opens on  September 14. – Rappler.com