Juan José Bigas Luna (Barcelona, March 19, 1946) is a Spanish film director He began his professional career in the design world, creating the Estudio Gris with Estudio Gris in 1969. In his earlier exhibitions, at the beginning of the sixties, he showed a great interest in conceptual art and the emerging visual technologies. Esteemed as an atypical director in the Spanish cinema, in 1986 he retired to Tarragona in order to devote his time to painting. In 1990 the producer Andrés Vicente Gómez persuaded him to return to cinema and entrusted to him the direction of Las Edades de Lulú, a film which reached the general public. Without abandoning his dedication to painting and photography, reflected in numerous exhibitions, he began the well-known Trilogía Ibérica with Jamón Jamón (1992), Huevos de Oro (1993) and La teta y la luna (1994).
Bigas Luna’s varied career as a filmmaker, painter and designer has made him a very singular and interdisciplinary artist. An example of that is his project called “Microcosmos”, an evolution of the earlier Cares de l’Ànima which was exhibited in the Galería Metropolitana de Barcelona in 1990. Whether making a social satire or a historical romance, Bigas Luna’s films are united with a few common threads. More often than not they contain observations or commentary on the machismo of the Spanish male; they freely blur the lines between reality and the imaginary, and at their best comprise a heady blend of ugliness and beauty, eroticism and intellect, and touching moments slashed with razor-sharp satire.
Selected Filmography :
Historias impúdicas, director
Tatuaje (1976), director
Renacer (1981), director
Caniche (1983), director
Lola (1986), director
Anguish (1987), writer and director
Las edades de Lulú (1990), director
Jamón, jamón (1992), director