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 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) San José (Costa Rica) in 2018 and Manchester and Los Angeles in 2019 – with more events to come. 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 California) and Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University) 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, co-director of Bigas x Bigas, Carmen Cháves, 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) and Dr Abigail Loxham (University of Liverpool), among others.
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