Hic Sunt Leones

2013. A film by Jordi Bernadó.
With the support of AiB Arquitectes + PSP and Actar Publishers.
With the collaboration of Generalitat de Catalunya Departament de Justícia, Superficiària CP Mas d’Enric.

  • Screenings
  • Premier at COAC
  • Festivals
  • 2014 Bideodromo, Bilbao
  • 2014 Cinetekton Film Fest, Puebla, México
  • 2014 Cairo Video Festival
  • 2015 Seoul Architecture Festival


Film inside the book ‘PRESO I PROJECTE | CRITICAL PRISON DESIGN’ about the Penitentiary Mas d’Enric by AIB + PSP Architects edited by Actar Publishers.

‘Exploring an intimate sense of isolation while narrating the new Mas d’Enric Penitentiary.

Poetic and original reflection about the theme of prison design, this 20-minutes fiction – produced by 15-L. Films in collaboration with Roger Paez and directed by Jordi Bernardó – introduces the new Mas d’Enric Penitentiary, designed by AiB arquitectes and Estudi PSP Arquitectura and built in El Catllar (Catalonia, Spain).

The usual narratives of architecture communication are completely subverted, the spaces of the project being not the very center of the story. They are only glimpsed from an aerial view or foreseen from a distance. The short video mostly focuses on the concept which is at the basis of the design and explores the delicate, intimate sense of isolation which is connected to some of the most intense experiences in human life, such as sin and prison. ‘Out of here, the unknown world. Lions’, the voice-over says. Then the words of the traditional African American spiritual song ‘Sinner man’ flow in the narration to the sound of Nina Simone’s interpretation.

The film was produced for the book ‘PRESO I PROJECTE | CRITICAL PRISON DESIGN’, published in April 2014 by Actar and authored by architect Roger Paez (principal at AiB arquitectes).’

Text from Architecture Player

Technical Info

  • Direction
  • Jordi Bernadó
  • Cinematographer
  • Rodrigo Candel
  • With
  • Ramon Carceller
  • Jordi Armengol
  • Voice-over
  • Nicole Ravasini
  • Assistant Director
  • Daniel Viedma
  • Camera Assistant
  • Albert Muñoz
  • Aerial Views
  • Drone BCN
  • Executive Producer
  • Roger Paez
  • Producers
  • Carlota Coloma
  • Adrià Lahuerta
  • Production Manager
  • Júlia Molins
  • Production Assistants
  • Cosma Musacchio
  • Elsy Sánchez
  • Jimena Cid del Prado
  • Make-up Artist
  • Alana Gayet
  • Edition
  • Adrià Lahuerta
  • Graphics
  • L’Estudi Amagat
  • Music
  • “Sinnerman”, Nina Simone
  • ‘Rata de dos patas’, Paquita la del Barrio
  • Production Company
  • 15-L. Films
  • In Co-production with
  • Estudio Jordi Bernadó
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Language
  • English
  • Duration
  • 20:16′
  • Video format
  • HD 1080p
  • Audio format
  • Dolby Stereo
  • With the support of
  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Departament de Justícia
  • Superficiària CP Mas d’Enric
  • In Collaboration with
  • AiB Arquitectes
  • Estudi PSP Arquitectura


jordibernadoJordi Bernadó explores contemporary architecture, urban spaces, and landscapes in large-scale black-and-white and color photographs. He is interested in photography as a way to “conceive the city,” as he has said, and among other locations he has captured scenes in Atlanta, Detroit, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Cape Town, and Berlin in the 1990s after the fall of the wall. With an eye for the absurd, Bernadó produces bold compositions that are frequently devoid of human presence and capture visual contradictions—a set of vibrant blue gates opening onto a misty wilderness in Stockholm, or a collection of shiny pastel-colored mopeds parked in a crumbling, antiquated interior space in Barcelona. In his books, Bernadó has paired images from different locations in order to create troubling juxtapositions and highlight the paradoxes of globalization.

Film Work

  • “Hello Ms. Hock”. Produced by 15-L. Films. Lloret de Mar, Spain, 2012.
  • “Hic Sunt Leones”.Produced by 15-L. Films. Spain, 2013.