2014 Spanish Christmas Lottery Videos of El Gordo

Posted by: MadridMan

2014 Spanish Christmas Lottery Videos of El Gordo - 11/13/14 04:45 AM

The Spanish Lottery Commission has outdone themselves in promoting the 2014 Lotería de Navidad, Spain's Christmas Lottery, and "El Gordo". I dare you not to cry.

After last year's much parodied video of a cast of 5 Spanish stars singing around the village Christmas tree, this year's videos will certainly pull a tear or two - and its production has cost less than in 2013.

Nine videos were directed by Santiago Zannou ('El truco del manco') and they're nothing short of excellent. The 9 stories can be watched individually, but the first 6 focus on the "El Bar de Antonio", the neighborhood bar.

I've put the first 6 in the order in which I believe the events took place just before as well as on the 22nd of December, the day of "El Gordo", Spain's Christmas lottery. If you feel they should be switched around please let me know as your Spanish may be better than mine.

If you don't watch any others, AT LEAST watch #1 and #6 (in that order) for the story of "Manuel" and bar-owner "Antonio". I can't stop watching them.

#1: "No La Pierdas" (la ilusión)

#2: "El Secreto"

#3: "Beautiful"

#4: "No Siempre Gana"

#5: "Llamada"

#6: "El Mayor Premio es Compartirlo" (particularly touching)

And now, the non-bar-related videos:

#7: "Dilo Bien"

#8: "Si tú supieras"

#9: "La Carpeta": This one is touching too, but I'm not sure what to make of it. Tell me what you think after watching it. Did they or didn' they? huh

Watch all 9 videos at http://ElBarDeAntonio.es and on their YouTube channel.

Finally, the real story of the "Bar de Antonio", actually called "Bar La Muralla" and run by a Colombian couple for 16+ years in the Villaverde Alto neighborhood of Madrid @ http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/teled...nuncio/2857296/ , http://cultura.elpais.com/cultura/2014/11/06/television/1415277683_409333.html , & http://www.teinteresa.es/microsite/loter...1235877406.html .

Check out "Bar La Muralla" via Google Street View. Turn 180º backwards and you'll see the path (next to a church) down which Manuel walks towards the bar to find the celebrating crowd.

Just a couple comments/questions about the #6 video, the one where Manuel goes down to the bar to congratulate his friend, bartender Antonio. This is the best video of the entire set and brings a tear to my eye everytime I watch it (8-times so far). Who is this actor playing Manuel?!?! Amazing work. But a couple of light criticism. First, it's snowing. Where in Spain is it snowing on 22 December apart from, MAYBE, Galicia or País Vasco? It *could* happen, I guess. Second, along Manuel's walk to the bar, you can see a bicycle, first seen on his left and then seen again on his right, covered in snow, leaning up against a wall -- *unlocked*.

gifting Enjoy and Good luck xfingers in the 2014 "El Gordo" Christmas Lottery in Spain!

Saludos, MadridMan santa
Posted by: robbieroy

Re: 2014 Spanish Christmas Lottery Videos of El Gordo - 11/13/14 08:48 AM

You are correct MM, #6 is a tear-jerker!
Is it just me or does anyone else think that the videos have a cuéntame como pasó feel about them?
Posted by: pedmar

Re: 2014 Spanish Christmas Lottery Videos of El Gordo - 11/16/14 06:39 AM

hahaha you are hook lol! yes very touching videos and more playing. I just got my copy from a friend in Galicia hehehe took a picture of it too. going for El Gordo in a peña, football Real Madrid CF lol!!!

And if I win a piso by Retiro ::)
the film is by Santiago Zannou y Leo Burnett Madrid productions, and the music by James Vincent McMorrow. But the actors are not given yet and I do not know them.

stay tune ::)