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The Bigas Luna Tribute

Bigas LunaBigas Luna (1946-2013) was one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers and artists. He released seventeen feature films, with considerable international success. This retrospective includes his critically-acclaimed ‘Iberian Portraits Trilogy’: Jamón, Jamón (1992) (which launched the career of Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Jordi Mollà) Golden Balls (1993) and The Tit and the Moon (1994); as well as the Australian premiere of the posthumous documentary Bigas x Bigas (2017), based on his video-diaries. The trilogy offers a complex depiction of a Spain in transition, where older customs and stereotypes associated with the rural, simpler past survive alongside newly introduced European/global, capitalist values.

The Bigas Luna Tribute, presented in Australia by Palace Cinemas and the Spanish Film Festival, is a series of global homage events organised by Bigas Luna’s daughter, Betty Bigas, who is an artist and art curator based in California, and Bigas Luna specialist Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies at Durham University, UK). He and Professor Alfredo Martínez Expósito (University of Melbourne) will lead the panel discussions that will follow screenings of Jamón, Jamón.

Photo Credit: Bigas Luna photograph by Betty Bigas

In Bigas Luna’s best-known film, Javier Bardem plays a would-be bullfighter who models underwear and is hired to seduce away the lover (Penélope Cruz) of a wealthy woman’s son.
Comedy / Drama
Huevos de oro
Benito González (Javier Bardem) is a young macho Spaniard whose aim in life is to erect the tallest building in the region, in Bigas Luna’s parody of machismo and ambition.
Comedy / Drama
La teta y la luna
Winning Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival 1994, the final film in Bigas Luna’s Iberian Trilogy is a soulful fantasy and an ode to puberty and the motherland, Catalonia.
Javier Bardem produces this documentary on the larger-than-life director Bigas Luna, compiled from over 600 hours of his personal video-diaries to reveal his most intimate side.