Barcelona: A Love Untold

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Barcelona: A Love Untold
Theatrical release poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byOlivia Lamasan
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Olivia Lamasan
  • Carmi Raymundo
Music byCesar Francis Concio
CinematographyHermann Claravall
Edited by
  • Marya Ignacio
  • Joshua Ducasen
Distributed byStar Cinema
Release date
September 14, 2016
Running time
130 minutes
Box office₱321 million[1]

Barcelona: A Love Untold is a 2016 Philippine romance drama film,[2] directed by Olivia Lamasan, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. The film was produced and released by Star Cinema and was released on September 14, 2016.[3]

The film was awarded Best Picture at the 65th FAMAS Awards in 2017.


Ely (Daniel Padilla) can't get over his past love. In Barcelona, he juggles work with his studies as he aims to get his master's degree. He then meets Mia (Kathryn Bernardo), a girl who sees Spain as a fresh start. After a series of mistakes in the past, she abruptly uproots herself from life in the Philippines to move forward and start anew. But the question is how? Together, they will go on a journey to find the answers to their lifelong questions, such as proving their worth, confronting the past, finding their way and allowing self-forgiveness.


Main cast[edit]

Kathryn Bernardo portrays Mia/Celine
Daniel Padilla portrays Ely

Supporting Cast[edit]

Extended Cast[edit]

  • Ana Capri as Jane Antonio, Ely's stepmother
  • Cris Villanueva as Benjamin "Ben" Antipala, Celine's father
  • Liza Diño-Seguerra as Clara Antipala, Celine's mother
  • Ana Abad Santos as Mary Anne dela Torre, Mia's mother
  • Melizza Jimenez as Macky dela Torre, Mia's younger sister
  • Kathleen Hermosa as Monina dela Torre, Mia's older sister

Special Participation[edit]

  • CX Navarro as Ely's stepbrother
  • John Bermundo as Ely's stepbrother
  • Dianne Medina as Flor, OFW recruiter in Spain
  • Lei Andrei Navarro as young Ely
  • Faye Alhambra as young Celine/Mia
  • Patrick Sugui as Lorenz, Ely's friend
  • Ignacio Rivera as The Matador
  • Marta Soberano as The Flamenco Bride
  • Oscar Alfaro as the Spanish Dad
  • Emilio Perez as Ely's Spanish half-brother
  • Nichole Morgan as Ely's Spanish half-sister
  • Vince San Juan as Vince, Ely's co-worker in Barcelona
  • Rianne Salvo Castro as Lorena, Mia's workmate at the Sitges resort
  • Matias Cobain as Jose Antonio
  • Nuria Casas as Mia's landlady
  • Maria Sagana as Maria, the Filipina singer
  • RJ Placino as Arjay, Ely's employer
  • Antonio Sousa da Costa as the Waiter, Plaça Real
  • Maine Censon as Dorothy
  • Min Bernardo as a Barcelona Señora
  • Christina Sanchez Elloso as Christina, Ely's classmate
  • Nel Closa as Audience
  • Jerome Aguzar as Tourist in Sagrada Familia
  • Azh Yomard Palabay as Kid in the Train station
  • Azaliah Mikaella Palabay as Ely's Mistress

Cameo Appearances[edit]


The theme song of the film, "I'll Never Love This Way Again", was originally sung by Dionne Warwick. There are two versions of the song: one was covered by Gary Valenciano and also by Jona.


The film was released on September 14, 2016 initially in 230 cinemas and was expanded to 250 cinemas for its second day and eventually in 320 cinemas for its succeeding days.[4] The film was screened in the United States and Canada starting September 23, 2016 in 69 cinemas. It earned approximately $434,000 in its first 3 days of showing in North America.[5][6] After 10 days, it had earned $1,100,000.[7] In its first weekend, the movie made $182,952 in the UAE,[8] with a total gross of $229,849 after 3 weeks of showing.[9] In Australia and New Zealand, it made $41,585 on its first weekend of screening, with a total gross of $59,000 after 2 weeks of screening.[10]

Due to popular demand, it was extended up to four weeks in the USA, Canada, UAE, Australia and in Barcelona.[11][12][13][14]

Critical reception[edit]

Oggs Cruz of Rappler gave a mixed review, calling it "a beautiful film" but also "dull and ineffective" and that it "feels too mechanical, too designed to work." Yet he complimented the "overflowing" musical score.[15] Philbert Ortiz Dy of rated the film 2 out of 5 stars, saying "the [film] is just oddly constructed all around. There’s just so much to address, and the movie just doesn’t seem willing to do the work to give all these issues the time they need."[16] Nazamel Tabares, a movie blogger for Movies Philippines, also rated the film 2 stars out of 5, saying that "there’s nothing new in the film and nothing worth keeping after seeing."[17] Je C.C. of Philippine Entertainment Portal said of the film, "Still falling into the pitfalls of Star Cinema cliches, Barcelona: A Love Untold becomes a film of blemished beauty, but that is fine."[18] On the other hand, Rod Magaru, an entertainment blogger, rated the film 9 out of 10 and called it a "masterpiece of 2016." He commended Carmi Raymundo for the way she wrote the flashbacks and added that "it is one of her best."[19] Edmund Silvestre, New York correspondent for Philstar Global Entertainment wrote, "Barcelona is an enchanting (and hit) tearjerker."[20]

A film review published in Bandera of Philippine Daily Inquirer noted that Barcelona: A Love Untold is not just a kilig movie, giving it 8 out of 10 points.[21] Maureen Marie Belmonte of Push said Barcelona: A Love Untold marks a new era for Kathryn and Daniel because it makes moviegoers appreciate them not just as a bankable love team, but also as bona fide dramatic actors who have successfully gotten past their teenybopper roles.[22]

Box office[edit]

The film earned ₱23 million on its first day of showing surpassing Imagine You and Me for the highest opening-day gross for a Filipino film for the year.[23] The film earned 130 million pesos on its fifth day of showing.[24] On its twelfth day of release, the film earned a total of 200 million pesos.[4] By 4 October, the film had already grossed at least ₱300 million.[25]

The film gross ₱321 million as of 8 October [1]


Year Award-Giving Body Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 2017 Box Office Entertainment Awards Box Office King Daniel Padilla Won [26]
Box Office Queen Kathryn Bernardo Won
Most Popular Screenwriter Olivia Lamasan and Carmi Raymundo Won [27]
33rd PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Actor of the Year Daniel Padilla Won [28]
Movie Love Team of the Year KathNiel Won [29]
Movie of the Year Barcelona: A Love Untold Nominated [30]
Movie Director of the Year Olivia Lamasan Nominated
Movie Screenwriter of the Year Carmi Raymundo and Olivia Lamasan Nominated
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Hermann Claravall Nominated
Movie Production Designer of the Year Shari Marie Montiague Nominated
Movie Editor of the Year Marya Ignacio Nominated
Movie Musical Scorer of the Year Cesar Francis Concio Nominated
Movie Sound Engineer of the Year Aurel Claro Bilbao Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Kathryn Bernardo Nominated
57th Asia-Pacific Film Festival Best Film Barcelona: A Love Untold Nominated
Alta Media Icon Awards 2017 Best Actress Kathryn Bernardo Won
Best Actor Daniel Padilla Won
4th Urduja Film Festival Movie of the Year (Romance) Barcelona: A Love Untold Won [31]
Best Actor Daniel Padilla Nominated [32]
65th FAMAS Awards Best Picture Barcelona: A Love Untold Won [33]
Best Director Olivia M. Lamasan Won
Best Production Design Shari Marie Montiague Won
Best Actor Daniel Padilla Won [34]
Best Actress Kathryn Bernardo Nominated [35]
Best Supporting Actor Joshua Garcia Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Aiko Melendez Nominated
Best Story Carmi Raymundo & Olivia M Lamasan Nominated
Best Screenplay Carmi Raymundo & Olivia M Lamasan Nominated
Best Cinematography Hermann Claravall Nominated
Best Editing Marya Ignacio Nominated
Best Sound Aurel Claro Bilbao Nominated
Best Musical Scorer Cesar Francis Concio Nominated

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla will shoot new movie in Spain". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  3. ^ Mauricio-Arriola, Tessa (September 6, 2016). "Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla step up their game in ‘Barcelona’". The Manila Times. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cheska Espina (September 27, 2016). "'Barcelona: A Love Untold' box office gross now at P200M". Star Cinema. Archived from the original on 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2016-09-28.
  5. ^ "MCN: The Weekend Report September 25th, 2016". Leonard Klady. Movie City News. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Arthouse Audit: 'Queen of Katwe' and 'The Dressmaker' Start Slow in Multiple Theaters September 25, 2016". Tom Brueggemann. Indiewire. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "MCN: The Weekend Report October 2nd, 2016". Leonard Klady. Movie City News. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "United Arab Emirates Box Office September 22–25, 2016". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  9. ^ "United Arab Emirates Box Office October 6–9, 2016". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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  15. ^ Cruz, Oggs (September 18, 2016). "'Barcelona: A Love Untold' Review: Dull and ineffective". Rappler. It's a pretty film, but movie reviewer Oggs Cruz notes that the film 'feels too mechanical, too designed to work.'
  16. ^ Ortiz Dy, Philbert (September 15, 2016). "'Barcelona: A Love Untold' Tells Too Many Other Stories".
  17. ^ Tabares, Nazamel (September 15, 2016). "MOVIE REVIEW: Barcelona: A Love Untold (2016)". Movies Philippines. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  18. ^ c.c., Je (September 16, 2016). "Review: Kathniel's Barcelona: A Love Untold, a film of blemished beauty". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  19. ^ Magaru, Rod (September 17, 2016). "(Movie Review) Olive Lamasan's Barcelona Asks you to Forgive & LIVE". The Rod Magaru Show.
  20. ^ Silvestre, Edmund (October 10, 2016). "Barcelona is an enchanting (and hit) tearjerker". Philippine Star.
  21. ^ "Movie Review: Barcelona: The Love Untold; Hindi lamang isang kilig movie" [Movie Review: Barcelona: The Love Untold; Not just a 'kilig' movie]. Bandera (in Filipino). Philippine Daily Inquirer. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  22. ^ Belmonte, Maureen Marie (September 14, 2016). "Review: ‘Barcelona: A Love Untold’ marks a new era for Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as actors". Push ABS-CBN. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  23. ^ "'Barcelona: A Love Untold' earns P23M on its first day". Star Cinema. September 14, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  24. ^ "Kathniel's "Barcelona: A Love Untold" Rakes ₱130M in 5 Days". September 19, 2016.
  25. ^ ""Barcelona: A Love Untold" reaches ₱300M, sets box office record". October 2, 2016.
  26. ^ Calderon, Nora V. (April 23, 2017). "Vice, Coco win big at 48th Box Office Entertainment Awards". Philippine Entertainment Portal.
  27. ^ Jarloc, Glaiza (April 23, 2017). "ABS-CBN stars win big at 48th Box Office Entertainment Awards". SunStar.
  28. ^ News, ABS-CBN (4 September 2017). "Daniel Padilla named best actor at Star Awards for Movies". ABS-CBN News.
  29. ^ Abanilla, Clarizel (18 July 2017). "PMPC names nominees for 33rd Star Awards for movies" (Philippines Daily Inquirier).
  30. ^ News, ABS-CBN (17 July 2017). "LIST: 'Barcelona', 'Everything About Her' top Star Awards nominations". ABS-CBN News.
  31. ^ "Winners - 4th Urduja Heritage Film Awards 2017". Urduja Film Festival. 16 September 2017.
  32. ^ "Urduja Heritage Film Awards 2017 - Nominees". 8 May 2017.
  33. ^ "'Barcelona: A love untold' wins at FAMAS Awards". Cebu Daily News. 29 December 2017.
  34. ^ News, ABS-CBN (28 December 2017). "Daniel Padilla, 'Barcelona' lead FAMAS awards winners list". ABS-CBN News.
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