Talcual Films


Talcual Films is an independent production company based in the United States and Spain. Talcual, meaning “as it is,” seeks to document personal, compelling stories that shed light on universal themes of human struggle and hope. Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) is the directorial debut of Gemma Cubero del Barrio and Celeste Carrasco and is the first film produced by Talcual Films. The production company is available for collaborations.

Talcual Films nace en el 2006 con base en Estados Unidos y España. Ella es el Matador es el primer largometraje producido por Talcual Films ya ha ganado el premio al Mejor Documental en el Festival Internacional Mujeres en Dirección de Cuenca, Premio del Público en la 23 Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo en España y el premio Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award for Documentary.

Gemma Cubero del Barrio has been making documentary films for 18 years and started her career with Lourdes Portillo's poetic and groundbreaking documentary film Señorita Extraviada. She is the director producer and writer of the award winning POV documentary Ella Es El Matador about female bullfighters. Her production company Talcual Films has worked on numerous films around the world and her latest film Homecoming about the atoll of Pukapuka is currently in production. Gemma also consults with filmmakers around the world and teaches documentary at the University of Hawaiʻi. For the last two years, Gemma has also served as a judge for the Emmy® Awards and is honored to serve as a NETPAC jury member at the 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival.

Celeste Carasco is a native of Barcelona, Spain. Celeste was the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor Ella Es El Matador (She Is The Matador). For El Abrazo (The Embrace) and Homecoming Celeste serves as Director of Photography and Editor. Celeste also worked with Gemma in Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada and What’s Under Your Hat? Celeste’s additional credits include First Assistant Director on Marta Balletbó’s narrative film, Honey, I’ve Sent the Men to the Moon, and Producer on Lisset Barcello’s narrative film Both. Most recently Celeste has worked as video artist for theatre productions such as Mozart and Salieri, Vanita, premiered at Teatro Real in Madrid and Java Suite premiered at Peralada Festival, La Seca in Barcelona and the Basel Opera House in Switzerland, all productions directed by Rita Cosentino. She also collaborates with Spanish performing artist Paloma Calle on her short doc Hello Myself which premiered at the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum in Madrid. Celeste currently works at the Teatro Real in Madrid producing operas.