Formentor, The Sea of Words

Director: Jos Luis Lpez-Linares

Producer: Juan Gordon, Carlos Pulido

Country: Spain


The Formentor hotel was born 90 years ago at the head of a dreamer, Adan Diehl, when he contemplated a painting by his friend Anglada Camarasa. It was built with the purpose of hosting poets and artists in a beautiful and wild corner of Mallorca, the peninsula of Formentor, when roads, electricity and telephone were not yet available. Surrounded by pine trees, with the Mediterranean at its feet, it has resisted crises, abandonments and attacks from mass tourism. Its successive owners, the Buadas family and currently the Barcel family, have inherited and maintained the cultural vocation of Adan Diehl that inspired its foundation. Its luminous terraces received in 1960 an international meeting of writers, thus giving rise to one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the Formentor Prize. A place of inspiration and rest, home to historic peaks, a haven for movie stars and magnates, it has been a meeting point for the most important figures of the 20th century: Audrey Hepburn, Charles Chaplin, Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill, Grace Kelly, Rainier of Monaco. But especially writers like Camilo Jos Cela, Carlos Barral or Mario Vargas Llosa, who wrote while staying at the hotel one of his most remembered novels, while in their delicious gardens have given great concerts Lang-Lang, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Ainhoa Arteta, Anna Netrebko, Maria Joao Pires or Gustavo Dudamel. A life full of adventures, witnessed by employees and customers. Among all they have written the legend of this mythical hotel.


The film reviews the history of the Hotel Formentor, a magical corner of the Mediterranean Sea, which has been a meeting point for the most relevant characters in the twentieth century since it was founded in 1929 by the Argentine poet and avant-garde cult visionary Adan Diehl.