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Documentary about the BNE

Biblioteca Nacional de España: La memoria del mañana [The memory of tomorrow], is a film produced by the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) with the collaboration of RTVE, the Spanish Public Radio and TV Corporation, to showcase both the history of the institution and the value of its collections.

The documentary takes viewers inside the country's oldest cultural institution, in commemoration of the library's Tercentenary. Mario Vargas Llosa, Miquel Barceló and Ana Maria Matute guide us through the building.

Mario Vargas Llosa entered the Biblioteca Nacional for the first time over half a century ago, but had never before had the opportunity of seeing the Ancient Assets shelves, a "prohibited" place which holds manuscripts, incunabula and first editions of the most famous Spanish authors: Cervantes, Góngora, Quevedo, Lope, Garcilaso

The documentary, La memoria del mañana, shows the writer and Nobel Prize winner's encounter with the great classics, and also Miquel Barceló's experience in the Biblioteca Nacional's Fine Arts deposit, where works by Miró, Fortuny, Goya or Velázquez make up one of the most important graphic collections in the world.

The film also features Ana María Matute, writer and Cervantes Prize winner, and scientist and writer Juan Luis Arsuaga, talking about the institution's relevance, the value of its assets and its ability to adapt to the times.

The documentary also gives a detailed account of the process of restoring, digitising and binding Leonardo Da Vinci's Madrid Codices, the only two works by this humanist and genius that exist in Spain today.

Lastly, viewers get a chance to listen to the second performance of Marcha Triunfal [March of Triumph] by Antonio Asenjo Barbieri, composed by this musician from Madrid to celebrate the laying of the first stone of the current headquarters on 21 April 1966, and only performed once since then. Here, it is performed by the band of the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid.

 The documentary has been produced by the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Acción Cultural Española with the collaboration of RTVE, based on a script by Luis Felipe Torrente and Daniel Suberviola, and directed by Fernando Martín. It offers a portrait of the past, present and future of the Biblioteca Nacional.

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