The shadow of Bigas Luna is long and he had an immense impact on the careers of the many - then new - talents with whom he worked.
Co-produced by Javier Bardem, Bigas x Bigas is an extraordinary and intimate documentary on the iconoclastic director Bigas Luna, compiled from more than 600 hours of his personal video-diaries.
Bigas Luna was, above all else, obsessed with images. A carry-over from his early days as a visual artist and deeply influenced by Salvador Dalí. His voyeuristic nature cultivated in him an immense desire to film someone with no screenplay, portraying the character in his or her purest state. This is probably what prompted him to capture his day-to-day reality via a video-diary. The result is a remarkable trove of footage filmed by Bigas Luna, including his parties attended by young Penélope Cruz and Candela Peña, and audition tapes with then emerging actors like Verónica Echegui. He offers us reflections on his career and invites us into conspiratorial tête-à-têtes with friends. Above all, his video diary captures his immense vitality and passion for the arts, the Mediterranean lifestyle, and gourmet food that are so evident across his oeuvre.
Over the course of this cinematic journey, Bigas Luna reveals his most personal side not only as an artist, but also as a human being.