Madronita Andreu-Klein was born into an upper middleclass Barcelona family in 1895. Her father was a wealthy industrialist and her early years were spent in euphoric modernist surroundings, in which machines and inventions gave rise to special fascination. Since her youth, she had been interested in photography and then progressed to cinema that became her great passion. From then on, she tirelessly filmed her own life and that of all those around her. A moment in the life of others presents a selection of what Mrs. Andreu filmed between 1922 and 1980. It portrays the sequence of images in the life of a well-off cosmopolitan family: their journeys from New York to Bombay, from Kingston to Seville, at a time when travelling was still an adventure… what happened to them, their parties… and also their everyday life.

At the same time that the children grew up, and their faces transformed with the elapse of time, we are witnesses to the development process of the 20th Century.

of intention

The Klein legacy is a collection of more than 900 tins of 16mm negative stock, that contain familiar scenes filmed by Madronita Andreu along the 20th century. That means around one hundred and fifty hours of film about the history of th Klein-Andreu family, from the twenties to the decade of seventies. At first, it is remarkable the personality of the its author, a woman that, at the beginning of the century, becomes interested in a new technique –she is probably the first Spanish woman able to operate a film camera- and that along all her life, she perseverates in following by images to the members of her family, until she came to gather an unusual legacy, unique in the history of documentary films.
The first challenge of this project was to condense in ninety minutes all this “Capital” of shooting materials. Javier Rioyo and José Luis López-Linares, script-writers and directors, have proved with their previous works their experiences and enormous sensitivity for the creation of a plot that caught the audience. In this particular case, the starting point is also a splendid, wonderful visual material.

The work of Madronita has the power of retaining the images, the instants of a n exceptional world that has disappeared yet.

This testimony cannot be ignored. The filmmakers´ will is to share with the audience the same astonishment and admiration that they felt when, some years ago, they discovered the Klein legacy in the Filmoteca de Barcelona.

cast and crew

Arantxa Aguirre
José Luis López-Linares
Javier Rioyo / Arantxa Aguirre / Mauricio Villavecchia
José Luis López-Linares / Javier Rioyo
María José Díez / Jaime Rosales / José Mª de Orbe
Silvia Martínez
Mauricio Villavecchia
Fidel Collados / Ana Serret /Pablo Blanco Guzmán
Juan Carlos Cid
Jesús Agelet
Juan Ignacio Sánchez


José Luis López-Linares,
director of documentaries and DOP

Madrid, 1955

He studied in the London International Film School, in the speciality of Film Direction. In 1994, he creates the production film company CERO EN CONDUCTA with Javier Rioyo and during years he works simultaneously as a director of documentaries, director of photography and some Works in theatre and opera. In 2004, he creates the production fim company López- Li Films .


Hécuba un sueño de pasión (in postproduction)
Documentary Film.

El cine en las venas (2005)
Documentary Film

Retrato de Carlos Saura (2004)
55 minutes TVE-Arte

Un instante en la vida ajena
Documentary Film (2003)
Festival de Venecia 2004
Mejor Documental, Premios Goya 2004

Extranjeros de sí mismos,co-direction
Best Documentary Film Nomination - Goya Awards 2002

A propósito de Buñuel, co-direction. (2000)
Documentary Film.

Lorca. Asi que pasen cien años, co-direction (1998)
55 minutes. Canal +.
EMMY Award s Nomination 98.

Los Orvich: Un oficio del Siglo XX, co-direction.(1997)
Short Documentary.

Asaltar los cielos, co-direction .(1996)
Documentary Film. Best Documentary Film Nomination - Goya Awards 1997
Best Film, Ondas Award 1997


Iberia, Carlos Saura
Best Direction of Photography Goya Awards 2006

Morente Sueña La Alambra, José S. Montes


Horas de luz, Manolo Matgi


Buen viaje, excelencia, Albert Boadella


Salomé, Carlos Saura

Octavia, Basilio Martín Patino

El Embrujo de Shanghai, Fernando Trueba

Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón, Carlos Saura


Calle 54, Fernando Trueba


Y tú qué harías por amor, Carlos Saura Medrano.

No respires, Juan Potau.


Pajarico, Carlos Saura.


La Celestina, Gerardo Vera.

Palace, El Tricicle.

Passover, Yamil Delhavi, (BBC TV).


Madregilda, Francisco Regueiro.

Los peores años de nuestra vida, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro.

1994 1992

Tierno verano de lujuria y azoteas, Jaime Chávarri.

Marathon: Los juegos olímpicos, Carlos Saura.


El hombre que perdió su sombra, Alain Tanner.

Amo tu cama rica, Emilio Martínez-Lázaro.

Un paraguas para tres, Felipe Vega.

Crónicas del mal, Ricardo Franco.


El sol del membrillo, de Víctor Erice.

La otra historia de Rosendo Suárez, Gerardo Vera.


El mejor de los tiempos, Felipe Vega.

Caídos del cielo, Francisco Lombardi.


La boca del lobo, Francisco Lombardi.


Mientras haya luz , Felipe Vega.

Al acecho, Gerardo Herrero.