Bigas Luna: Barbaric Comedies

8 Jun 2016 – 12 Jun 2016

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12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

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  • Nearest bus station: Gateshead Interchange
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‘Barbaric Comedies’, showcases some of influential Spanish filmmaker Bigas Luna’s controversial video artworks.


Vane is pleased to be taking part in an homage to one of Spain’s most fascinating and influential contemporary filmmakers and artists, Josep Joan Bigas Luna (1946-2013), in a collaboration with Durham University, the Tyneside Cinema, and ¡Vamos! Festival.

‘Barbaric Comedies’, curated by Betty Bigas and Santiago Fouz Hernández, showcases some of Bigas Luna’s controversial video artwork, including the famous short Necklace of Flies (2002) and the five-piece ‘Barbaric Comedies’ (2003), which was inspired by the well-known work of Spanish dramatist Ramón del Valle-Inclán (1866-1935).

The work of Bigas Luna is internationally renowned and his films include the popular comedy/drama Jamón, jamón (1992). The homage to his work is part of a series of international events that started in San Francisco in 2015 and will continue with planned events in Barcelona later this year and in Los Angeles in 2017.

Screenings of four Spanish films by Bigas Luna will be held at Tyneside Cinema in Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. As well as the world-famous film trilogy ‘Iberian Portraits’, including Jamón, jamón, which launched the careers of Oscar-winning actors Penélope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, Tyneside Cinema will also screen Bigas Luna’s final film DiDi Hollywood starring Elsa Pataky and Peter Coyote.

Screenings will be held on Friday 10 June at 8pm (Jamón, jamón); Saturday 11 June at 5pm (Golden Balls) and 8.30pm (The Tit and the Moon); and Sunday 12 June at 3pm (DiDi Hollywood).  All films will be introduced by Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández, Reader in Hispanic Studies, in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, at Durham University.  Films on Friday 10 June and Saturday 11 June will be followed by Q&A sessions with the director’s daughter, art curator Betty Bigas, and Consol Tura, actress and casting director of Bigas Luna’s films.

Additional support for the exhibition at Vane has been provided by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

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