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.
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
Barcelona PRESS RELEASE (in Catalan).
Poster Cinemes Texas: high resolution (for lower resolution jpeg right-click on the image and save).
Cinemes Texas website
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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
Acadèmia del Cinema Català