The fifth Bigas Luna Tribute event took place in Valencia, Spain, on 15-17 December 2017. The event focused on the Mediterranean influence in the work of Bigas Luna and included three screenings with introductions and Q&A sessions. There were seven invited speakers, the highest number of any Bigas Luna Tribute event to date. The event was hosted by Albatexas Cinemes.
The Valencia tribute opened on Friday 15 December 2017 with Bigas x Bigas (2017). The film was Introduced by Santiago Garrido Rúa (co-director of Bigas x Bigas), Celia Orós (co-producer and widower of Bigas Luna), Betty Bigas (art curator/designer and daughter of Bigas Luna), Carme Cháves (co-scriptwriter of Yo soy la Juani, DiDi Hollywood and Segon Origen) and Ventura Pons (filmmaker and colleague of Bigas Luna). Presenters were joined by Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University) and Carolina Sanabria (University of Costa Rica) for a Q&A with the audience at the end of the screening, which was followed by a reception.
On Saturday 16 December Professor Sanabria introduced Huevos de oro (1993) and on Sunday 17 December 2017 Professor Fouz Hernández introduced Son de mar (2001). All presentations and the Q&A session focused on aspects of the influence of the Mediterranean in the work of Bigas Luna, both as a place (Benidorm in Huevos de oro, Dénia in Son de mar) and as an identity (food, customs, lifestyle). The discussions explored the tensions between idyllic representations of the Mediterranean as an idealised paradise and their deconstruction through more realistic and critical depictions of parts of the coast ruined by land speculation.
Press release and media pack
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Carpe Diem! 14/12/2017
Europa Press 15/11/2017
Las Provincias 6/11/2017
Diari La Veu 5/11/2017
La Vanguardia 5/11/2007
Levante (Dénia) 5/11/2017
20 minutos (Valencia) 5/11/2017