TRIBUTE TO BIGAS LUNA

 

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.

 

BILBAO (1978) Original title: Bilbao Duration: 93 min. Country: Spain Language: Spanish, Catalan Director: Bigas Luna Cast: Àngel Jové, Isabel Pisano, María Martín Synopsis: Leo, a psychopath, conceited that he is suffering from a progressive fascination toward Bilbao, a stripper who should start working as a prostitute. Leo is constantly following Bilbao, studying her mouvements, and kidnaps her, as if she is just another object in his erotic collection. 

ANGUISH (1986) - SCREAM PROGRAM Original title: Angustia Duration: 89 min. Country: Spain Language: English Director: Bigas Luna Synopsis: After being hypnotized by his bizarre mother, a man goes on a brutal killing spree complete with telepathic commands from mom to carve the eyeballs from his victims. 

 

HAM, HAM (1992) Original title: Jamon, Jamon Duration: 94 min. Country: Spain Language: Spanish Director: Bigas Luna Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem Synopsis: The underwear tycoons, led by matriarch Carmen, are appalled when the heir to their fortune, Jose Luis, sets his sights on the beautiful Silvia, the daughter of the village brothel owner, Conchita. Things get complicated when one of the prime underwear stud models, Raul, realises that he actually likes Silvia, so Carmen recruits him to lure her away. 

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