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Film Classics in 35mm! Bigas Luna’s Iberian Trilogy


Spain | 1992 | Bigas Luna

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A teenage Penêlope Cruz (in her feature film debut) stars with Javier Bardem and Stefania Sandrelli (The Conformist) in this vulgar, ribald Spanish melodrama, the first part of Bigas Luna’s “Iberian Trilogy.” (Parts 2 & 3 show, respectively, on 6/18 & 6/25.) Set in a small Spanish desert town, the movie chronicles how the mother of a wealthy young man sabotages her son’s relationship with a factory girl by hiring a hunky underwear model and aspiring bullfighter to seduce her away from him. The title translates as Ham, Ham and the movie conjoins human beings’ appetite for food with their desire for sex. “A hysterically sombre sex farce.” –Time Out Film Guide. Adults only! Subtitles. 35mm print from Europe. 95 min.

Special admission $13; members, CIA & CSU I.D. holders, and those age 25 & under $10. No passes or twofers.

This film is co-presented by The Bigas Luna Tribute, a series of global events organized by Bigas Luna’s daughter, Betty Bigas, and Bigas Luna specialist Santiago Fouz Hernández, Professor in Iberian Studies and Film Studies at Durham University, UK. It is co-sponsored by Durham University. Special thanks to Diana Drumm, Quad Cinema, New York.

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