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Bigas Luna

  • Bigas Luna © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO

    Bigas Luna © Larry Mangino / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Mar 10, 1946

Date of death

Mar 6, 2013

"Interior designer, industrial designer, director and screenwriter. He is one of Spain's most ground-breaking directors."

José Juan Bigas Luna was born in Barcelona in 1946. In 1976 he directed “Tatuaje” (Tattoo), his first movie, and the next year he filmed “Bilbao,” one of his most famous films. In 1981 he directed the film “Reborn” in the United States. In 1990, after a time spent away from film and painting, he filmed “Ages of Lulu,” based on the novel by Almudena Grandes. With “Jamón, jamón” (Ham, Ham) (1992) he won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and began the so-called Iberian trilogy, along with “Huevos de oro” (Golden Eggs) and “La teta y la luna” (The Breast and the Moon). After 2000, he regained his interest in avant-garde experimentation and created the Bigas Luna workshop. He was one of the people responsible for the content of the Spanish Pavilion at the Universal Shanghai Expo in 2010. He died in Tarragona in 2013.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1999)

Essential works

  • The Chambermaid on the Titanic. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    The Chambermaid on the Titanic (direction, script)

    Director Bigas Luna makes a film adaptation of a French romantic novel.

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Other highlighted works

  • Bilbao
  • Jamón, jamón (Ham, Ham)
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