Bigas Luna Tribute
In an intensive career, Josep Joan Bigas Luna (1946-2013) released seventeen feature films, with considerable international success. Among his best known works are the ground-breaking erotic film Bilbao (1978), the horror classic Anguish (1987), starring Zelda Rubinstein (star of Poltergeist), the memorable Jamón, jamón (1992), which launched the career of Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Jordi Mollà, and the critically acclaimed The Chambermaid of the Titanic (1997), starring Olivier Martinez.
This series of homage events started San Francisco in 2015, and have continued since with with events in Newcastle upon Tyne and in Barcelona in 2016, Mexico City and in Valencia in 2017, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney (Australia) and San José (Costa Rica) in 2018, Manchester and Vienna in 2019. Events confirmed for 2020 so far include New York City in the Spring with more to follow after that.
The Bigas Luna Tribute provides audiences with the unique opportunity of seeing some of Bigas Luna’s most critically acclaimed works and participate in in-depth discussions with special guests (academics and members of the Spanish film industry who worked with Bigas Luna). Organisers Betty Bigas (the daughter of Bigas Luna, artist and art curator currently based in Catalonia) and Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University, UK) usually introduce the films and lead the Q&A sessions in every event. Special guests have included Consol Tura, the casting director of all Bigas Luna’s films, Santiago Garrido Rua, co-director of Bigas x Bigas; Carmen Chaves Gastaldo, co-scriptwriter of Yo soy la Juani and DiDi Hollywood; Celia Orós, widower of Bigas Luna and co-producer of Bigas x Bigas and filmmaker Ventura Pons; as well as academics who specialised on Bigas Luna, including Professor Carolina Sanabria (University Costa Rica), Professor Alfredo Martínez Expósito (University of Melbourne), Dr Abigail Loxham (University of Liverpool) and Dr Esther Giménez Ugalde (University of Vienna) among others.
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