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New Bigas Luna Tribute in Mexico City this August

(30 June 2017)

Durham University is collaborating with the MICgenero film festival for the fourth Bigas Luna tribute event in Mexico City this August. Following the success of previous events in San Francisco (March 2015), Newcastle upon Tyne (June 2016) and Barcelona (December 2016), the Mexico City tribute is the largest yet, with a total of 13 film screenings in three different venues between August 8th and 12th, 2017. The retrospective opens with a screening of the film Jamón, jamón (1992), starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, at the Cineteca Nacional Mexico on August 8th at 7.30PM, introduced by Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham). The other two venues are the Centro Cultural Universitario of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the cinema complex Cinepolis (Diana) in central Mexico City. As well as the entire ‘Iberian Portraits’ trilogy, this fourth Bigas Luna tribute includes the films Son de mar/Sound of the Sea (2001) and Yo soy la Juani/My name is Juani (2006), not shown in the previous tribute events, and the recent documentary Bigas x Bigas (2016). 

A fifth tribute event is now being planned in Valencia (Spain) for December 2017, with more to be announced next year. For more information and full schedule of the Mexico City tribute please visit the Bigas Luna Tribute website and the twitter links @bigaslunahomage and @micgenero.

The Bigas Luna Tribute events featured in El País newspaper 

El País newspaper has published a piece on the research behind the Bigas Luna tribute events organised by Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández in collaboration with Betty Bigas. The article focuses on the ambivalent critique of machismo and old models of Spanish masculinities in the films of Bigas Luna and includes excerpts from an interview with Santiago Fouz during the events in Mexico City last August. Previous events elsewhere were also featured in newspapers including in Ara (Barcelona), The Guardian The Guide and San Francisco Gate. More about the Bigas Luna tribute events here.