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Homage to Bigas Luna

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 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 in Newcastle and in Barcelona in 2016. Future events are planed in 2017 in Los Angeles and possibly in other European cities. The events provide 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. The organisers of the event, Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández, Reader in Hispanic Studies at Durham University, and Bigas Luna’s daughter, Betty Bigas, who is also an artist and art curator based in California, will introduce the films and lead the Q&A sessions. Special guests have included Consol Tura, the casting director of all Bigas Luna’s films, at the Newcastle events. Future guests include director Ventura Pons in Barcelona and more to be announced soon.

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