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Manuel Bartual
 ©Oscar Arribas
©Oscar Arribas

Manuel Bartual

Valencia, 1979

Manuel Bartual (Valencia, 1979) is the director of a dozen shorts and one feature (Todos tus secretos, winner of the Canal+ Prize for Best Film at the Malaga Film Festival). He has written comics for publications such as El Jueves and Orgullo y Satisfacción and has worked as an artist for publishers like Astiberri, Dibbuks, and Es Pop. He is also co-director, with Alba Diethelm, of the publisher ¡Caramba!, which specializes in humorous comics.

In 2017, his story of his mysterious vacations was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, read by hundreds of thousands of people.

“I’ve been on vacation for a few days, at a hotel close to the beach. Everything was going well until strange things started happening.”

With these few phrases, the story of Manual Bartual’s extraordinary vacation began on Twitter, a story that brought together half a million readers from all over the world in seven days. Manuel’s adventure concludes when he faces off with the double who’s been hunting him and ruining his holidays, but just then, another story begins, the story of the other Manuel, the artist, screenwriter, and director who became famous from one day to the next, without even trying, thanks to his tale.