Mexico City

The fourth Bigas Luna Tribute international event will take place in Mexico City 8-13 August 2017.  The opening will take place at Mexico’s iconic Cineteca Nacional on August 8th at 7PM with an introduction by Santiago Fouz Hernández and the screening of Jamón, jamón (1992).

Jamón, jamón will be shown again the next day, Wednesday 9th August at 6PM, opening a five-day Bigas Luna retrospective at the Sala Julio Bracho in the Filmoteca, Centro Cultural Universitario of the UNAM (Nacional Autonomous University of Mexico). Jamón, jamón is part of a double bill with Huevos de oro (1993), shown at 8PM on the 9th. Completing the Iberian Portraits trilogy, La teta y la luna (1994) will be shown on August 10th at 8PM. The retrospective at the UNAM Filmoteca will also include Son de mar (2001) on Friday 11 August (8 PM) and Yo soy la Juani (2006) on Saturday 12th, also at 8PM. It is hoped that the recent documentary film Bigas x Bigas (2016) will close the retrospective at the Filmoteca on Sunday 13th August (6PM).

Screening times are subject to change and more venues may be added. Information will be updated here and via twitter @bigaslunahomage.

CINETECA NACIONAL
Avenida México Coyoacán 389, Xoco, 03330 Coyoacan, CDMX, Mexico
8 August
7PM   Jamón Jamón. Dir. Bigas Luna / España/ 1992/ 95 min. Digital.

SALA JULIO BRACHO. Filmoteca Centro Cultural Universitario
Circuito exterior Mtro. Mario de la Cueva s/n. Ciudad Universitaria C.P. 04510, CDMX.
9 August
6PM      Jamón Jamón. Dir. Bigas Luna / España/ 1992/ 95 min. Digital.
8PM       Huevos de oro. Dir. Bigas Luna / España- Italia- Francia/ 1993/ 95 min. Digital.

10  August
8PM  La teta y la luna. Dir. Bigas Luna / España – Francia/ 1994/ 90 min. Digital.

11  August
8PM Son de mar. Dir. Bigas Luna / España / 2001/ 99 min. Digital. 8PM

12 August

8PM
Yo soy la Juani. Dir. Bigas Luna / España/ 2006/ 90 min. Digital. 8PM

13
 August  
6PM
Bigas x Bigas. Dirs. Santiago Garrido Rua y Bigas Luna / España / 2016/ 83 min. Digital. NB This screening is yet TBC.

The Bigas Luna Tribute in Mexico City is organised by Betty Bigas and Santiago Fouz Hernández in collaboration with the MICgenero film festival.micgenero.png

Barcelona

The third Bigas Luna Tribute event took place in Barcelona on 12-14 December 2016, organised by the filmmaker’s daughter Betty Bigas and Santiago Fouz Hernández (School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University). The event attracted large audiences and included four film screenings (in a screen permanently dedicated to Bigas Luna), as well as presentations by specialists from around the world.

The opening night started with with a memorable speech by filmmaker Ventura Pons about his much missed colleague and friend Bigas Luna. There were contributions by co-organiser Betty Bigas, daughter of the late filmmaker (who took the stage with her two sisters); casting director Consol Tura, and art director Chu Uroz. Tura and Uroz worked with Bigas Luna in the Iberian Trilogy of films – all three films were shown in the Barcelona event and also previously in Newcastle upon Tyne and in San Francisco. Event co-organiser Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández introduced the screening of Jamón, jamón (1992) and gave an overview of the research behind these series of international events. The opening event continued well into the evening with a jamón and cava reception sponsored by Moritz Barcelona and Vallformosa cava.

There were two more screenings and presentations on Tuesday 13 December. Fouz Hernández introduced Huevos de oro (1993) at 8PM, while Professor Alfredo Martínez Expósito (University of Melbourne, Australia) gave a lengthy and engaging presentation on La teta y la luna (1993) at 10.30PM. The screening of La teta y la luna completed the trilogy. The double bill included a break with drinks sponsored by Moritz.

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Santiago Fouz, Ventura Pons, Betty Bigas and Consol Tura

This third tribute event culminated on Wednesday 14 December with another inspiring presentation by Professor Carolina Sanabria (IIARTE, Universidad de Costa Rica), author of the well-known book Bigas Luna, el ojo voraz (Laertes, 2010). Professor Sanabria provided a detailed analysis of Bilbao (1978), providing a fascinating historical context for this important film, often heralded as a key text of the Transition. The talk was followed by a very special screening of a recently restored version of Bilbao in 35 mm. The presentation and the screening were very well received by the packed auditorium, aptly named after Bigas Luna.

The events were widely covered by local and regional media, including a full page in the prestigious daily Ara, reports in La Vanguardia and El Nacional, segments on Radio Barcelona, Catalunya Radio, and Barcelona television. The Bigas Luna Tribute will continue in Los Angeles and more cities to be confirmed in 2017.

Press release and media pack

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Barcelona PRESS RELEASE (in Catalan).

Promotional video.

Poster Cinemes Texas: high resolution (for lower resolution jpeg right-click on the image and save).

Postcard Cinemes Texas (high resolution): front / back

Cinemes Texas website

For reviews of previous events and other images please visit the MEDIA section of this website.

Media coverage 

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Santiago Fouz, Ana Herce Oros, Betty Bigas, María Herce Oros.

Diari Ara 13 December 2016
Barcelona TV 12 December 2016
El Nacional 13 December 2016
Radio Barcelona 12 December 2016
Catalunya Radio 12 December 2016
Diario Crítico 22 December 2016
Time Out Barcelona
La Vanguardia
Acadèmia del Cinema Català

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Betty Bigas talks for Catalunya Radio and Santiago Fouz for El nacional on 12 December 2016

Newcastle

Coinciding with the 11th edition of the ¡Vamos! Festival, the Newcastle Bigas Luna tribute event included four film screenings, an exhibition, a special food menu inspired by the ‘Iberian Portraits’ trilogy and and two themed parties.

16-0253LD-088.jpgThe Tyneside Cinema screened the entire ‘Iberian Portraits’ trilogy and DiDi Hollywood over the weekend (10-12 June 2016). All screenings were introduced by Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández. Additionally, the ‘Iberian Portraits’ film screenings were followed by a Q&A session with casting director Consol Tura and Betty Bigas.

16-0253LD-101a.jpgThe ‘Barbaric Comedies’ video art exhibition, curated by Betty Bigas and Santiago Fouz Hernández, was shown at Vane gallery for five days (8-12 June 2016). It showcased some of Bigas Luna’s controversial video artwork, including the famous short Necklace of Flies (2002) and the five-piece video installation ‘Barbaric Comedies’, which was inspired by the well-known work of Spanish dramatist Valle-Inclán. The video installation ‘Barbaric Comedies’ was produced in 2003 to complement Bigas Luna’s extravagant adaptation of the 16-0253LD-073afamous trilogy by Spanish playwright Ramón del Valle-Inclán (1866-1936), the Barbaric Comedies. The seven-hour long performance took place in Sagunto, Spain, as the closing act of the Valencia Biennale. It had a budget of 2.4 million Euros and a cast of 90 actors, including trained theatre actors, street performers and extras, as well as animals. The video pieces were meant to introduce the spectator into the world of Valle-Inclán as re-interpreted by Bigas Luna. 16-0253LD-009The two had a lot in common, as suggested by the pop-up ‘Bigas-Valle Museum’ in the corridor that led to the 10,000-square-metre industrial unit where the main performance took place. The pieces were chosen for this homage event as they are closely related to the ‘Iberian Portraits’ trilogy of films by Bigas Luna being screened at the Tyneside Cinema. The gallery information sheet can be found here.After parties were held at the Tyneside Bar Café on Friday 10 June 2016 and at ¡Vamos! Social on Saturday 11 June 2016.

Nearly 500 people attended the screenings and exhibition combined. The event was recommended by The Guardian The Guide (4 June 2016). The event flyer  is available here and the press release here.

The full Newcastle website is archived here.