2020 – Online Events

The two Bigas Luna Tribute events planned for 2020 in New York City and Madrid are currently postponed until further notice due to Covid-19. We are looking forward to resuming our programme of screenings, exhibitions and Q&A sessions as soon as it is safe to do so. Meanwhile, we are delighted to participate in the following virtual events.

Unless otherwise indicated, virtual events are live. Recordings of some events also available (as indicated below). Please note that the film analysis workshop will not be made available as a recording to non-registered users.

Please visit our acknowledgements page for a full list of sponsors, collaborators and people involved in all the Bigas Luna Tribute events since 2015 until now.

November 26, 2020

Film analysis workshop

The first interactive virtual Bigas Luna Tribute event will take place on Thursday 26 November 2020 4-5pm UK time. The event is sponsored by Durham University and hosted by filmmaker Santiago Garrido Rua and Durham academic Santiago Fouz Hernández.

Places are free and open to anyone interested in film and on Bigas Luna. However, registration is ESSENTIAL and spaces are LIMITED, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Registration opens at 9AM (UK time) on Monday 16 November. Please click on link below or go to www.bigaslunaworkshop.eventbrite.co.uk

Those who register will receive a link to the 7-min clip of Bigas Luna’s film YO SOY LA JUANI (2006) immediately. Relevant extract of the film script (kindly translated into English by Durham Univeristy students) will follow prior to the event. The Zoom link will be shared with registered participants a few hours prior to the event on November 26th.

The one-hour workshop will be in English, so a good level of English is required. No prior film analysis knowledge is expected.

The session will be split into three parts. In PART 1 filmmaker and Bigas Luna collaborator will discuss the sequence from his perspective as filmmaker and Second Unit director of this film. In PART 2 Prof Santiago Fouz Hernández will draw attention to some elements of the clip that would be relevant from a Film Studies perspective. This includes technical skills, socio-historical context and relevant aspects of Bigas Luna’s aesthetic and style that will enhance the understanding of the clip and film. Finally, in PART 3 those attending will be split into ‘breakout rooms’ to discuss the clip further, to then share ideas and conclusions in the final plenary.

Summer 2020

A new Podcast episode every Tuesday and Friday throughout August and September 2020. These short episodes are based on the virtual book launch of the book El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (Tirant lo Blanch, 2020) and include short presentations by the authors and some sounds from the films, as well as brief introductions and conclusions for each episode.

This podcast is a warmup for a much more ambitious podcast project that we plan to launch in 2021 and that will include interviews with members of the Spanish film industry, film programmers and Bigas Luna collaborators as well as academics, students researchers interested in the work of Bigas Luna.

The podcast is available in most Podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple (just search for ‘Bigas Luna’).

August 9-16, 2020
Bigas Luna Cultural Week
(Hosted by the Instituto Cervantes Sydney).

This event, hosted by the Instituto Cervantes Sydney, included steaming of the documentary Bigas Luna, el buen anfitrión (RTVE, 2014) – see preview here – and the virtual book launch of El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna – available here – from 9-16 August 2020. It also included a webinar broadcast live on Thursday 13th at 6pm (Sydney time – 9am CET). The webinar ‘Descubriendo a Bigas Luna‘ consisted of a conversation between Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University, editor of the book and co-organiser of the Bigas Luna Tribute events) and Alfredo Martínez Expósito (University of Melbourne and contributor to both the book and Bigas Luna Tribute events in Barcelona and Australia). It also featured video appearances by filmmaker Santiago Garrido Rua (director of Bigas x Bigas, 2016) and Betty Bigas (co-organiser of the Bigas Luna Tribute events). The edited recording of the event is below.

Bigas Luna Cultural Week – Instituto Cervantes Sydney – August 2020


1. Fred The Festival Insider Podcast interview with Santiago Fouz Hernández and Alfredo Martínez Expósito at the Spanish Film Festival Australia (May 2018).

Fred FM Radio – The Festival Insider

2. El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna – book launch – film by film on Instagram TV (2020).

3. The Bigas Luna Tribute Australia featured on The Age newspaper (March 2018).

4. The Bigas Luna Tribute Manchester (March-April 2019) – interview with Santiago Garrido Rua and Santiago Fouz Hernández on IC YouTube

June 4, 2020
Book Launch: El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna
ed. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Madrid: Tirant lo Blanch, 2020)
(Hosted by Tirant lo Blanch Publishers).

A recording of the 90-min event originally broadcast live on YouTube on June 4th 2020. The event was a presentation of the new book El legado cinematográfico de Bigas Luna (Tirant lo Blanch, 2020) and it was moderated by Dr Esther Gimeno Ugalde (University of Vienna). It consisted of a conversation about each and every feature film of Bigas Luna, from Tatuaje (1976) to BigasxBigas (2016) with the book editor, Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University), and 10 of the contributors: Ralf Junkerjürgen (U. Regensburg), Antonio Lázaro Reboll (U. Kent), Abigail Loxham (U. Liverpool), Alfredo Martínez Expósito (U. Melbourne), Alejandro Melero (U. Carlos III Madrid), Gonzalo M Pavés (U. La Laguna), Jorge Pérez (U. Texas at Austin), Carolina Sanabria (U. Costa Rica) and H Rosi Song (U. Durham). The conversation, focused on the film legacy of Bigas Luna, covered key issues to understand his work, such as film genre, acting and performance, national identity, gender and sexuality or recurring imagery, narrative strategies, or aesthetic concerns. Click here for a preview of the first few pages of the book, available as Ebook and paperback.

This book launch is also available by chapters as video episodes on Instagram TV and as an audio podcast.