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The Bigas Luna Tribute San José Declared Event of National Cultural Interest

(22 August 2018)

The tenth Bigas Luna Tribute, that launched in San José, Costa Rica, this week has been officially recognised by the Costa Rican government as event of national cultural interest. The certificate, signed by the President of the Republic and the Culture and Sports Minister, can be consulted here.

The San José event launched on Wednesday 23 August with a screening of Jamón, jamón (1992), introduced by Santiago Fouz, and a welcome reception at the Spanish Cultural Centre. The event will include a total of four film screenings, culminating with the Costa Rican premiere of the posthumous documentary BigasxBigas (2016) at the National Centre of Film Production in San José. Each screening will include an introductory presentation and a Q&A session at the end. Presenters include Prof Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham), who co-organises the event with Bigas Luna’s daughter Betty Bigas, and Prof Carolina Sanabria (University of Costa Rica), author of Bigas Luna: El ojo voraz (2010). The events are generously funded by the Embassy of Spain in Costa Rica (Spanish Cooperation), the University of Costa Rica, the Art Institute of Costa Rica (IIArte), and Durham University. 

By the end of this event the Bigas Luna Tribute will have visited 12 cities, 5 countries and 3 continents. San José will also mark the Tribute's 60th screening. 

As a guest of the University of Costa Rica all week, Prof Fouz will also give three public lectures and a workshop on various aspects of Spanish Cinema, including the Cátedra Amighetti talk on Bigas Luna.

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