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Berlanga turns 100
4 Jun 2021 - 27 Jun 2021|
Luis García Berlanga is one of Spain’s most acclaimed film directors. His long and fruitful career in cinema, his personal style, his sharp humour and his work behind some of the most important Spanish films in the 20th century will be celebrated on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Born in 1921, Luis García Berlanga studied Phylosophy and Law. After moving to Madrid at the age of 26 to join the Institute of Cinematic Investigation and Experimentation (IIEC), he became part of the first promotion of students alongside people like Juan Antonio Bardem, Florentino Soria, Antonio del Amo and José Gutiérrez Maesso.
He started his career alongside the screenwriter and director Juan Antonio Bardem, with whom he co-directed That Happy Couple (Esa Pareja Feliz, 1951). This is the film that starts our cycle, and it includes some of the elements that would later become an stylistic signature of the director.
Calabuch (1956) is the second film in this series, and is considered one of his most tender films. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy the films Placido (1961) and National Heritage (Patrimonio Nacional, 1981).
- 4th of June: That Happy Couple (Esa Pareja Feliz, 1951); Luis G. Berlanga and Juan Antonio Bardem. This tender and funny film tells the story of a young couple that seeks the means to improve their life, building a subtle critique to the consumerism that started to take over Madrid in the 1950s.
- 11th of June: Calabuch (1956); Luis G. Berlanga. Tired of working to build atomic bombs and alarmed by the destructive powers of his discovery, an American scientist flees to the anonymity of the Mediterranean coast, to a little town called Calabuch.
- 18th of June: Plácido (1961); Luis G. Berlanga. This constitute’s Berlanga’s most critical film. In a little provincial town, a group of religious women organizes a Christmas campaign to raise funds for the poor, displaying an absurd display of pity to attract the attention of an important company whose funds they are seeking.
- 25th of June: National Heritage (Patrimonio Nacional, 1981); Luis G. Berlanga. After the death of Franco, the Leguineche family try to return to Madrid to get closer to the newle appointed Spanish king. They go back to an old palace owned by the family, where a story of power and obsession becomes the centerpiece for this picture of the decadence of Spanish aristocracy once democracy is back in place.
All titles will be available at the Vimeo link bellow for 48h, starting at 7.00pm London time