BERLIN — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival will pay tribute to Spanish director Luis Bunuel with a showcase of his work as part of next year’s Retrospective.
The sidebar will unspool more than 30 titles, including films to which he contributed as assistant director, screenwriter and producer. A series of events, including lectures and discussion panels, will accompany the program.
Credited as the father of cinematic surrealism, Bunuel, who died in 1983, was one of the most contentious filmmakers of his time. His films, including his first two works, 1929’s “Un chien andalou” (“An Andalusian Dog”) and 1930’s “L’age d’or” (“The Age of Gold”), were often the subject of great controversy and repeatedly censored by the church and state. His 1961 Palme d’Or winner “Viridiana” triggered one of the biggest film scandals during the Franco era in Spain after it was deemed blasphemous.
Bunuel began his career in France but later moved to the U.S. and then to Mexico, where he made some 20 films, including “Los Olvidados” (“The Young and the Damned”), which one him the best director prize in Cannes in 1951.
“It’s impossible to classify Bunuel,” said Retrospective director Rainer Rother. “His greatness lies in his persistence to present his own individual perspective on things. He invented filmic surrealism, provoked in socio-critical works, and achieved fame with satirical portraits of Europe’s bourgeoisie.”
Added Berlinale topper Dieter Kosslick, “Bunuel was a member of the 20th century avant-garde and developed a new cinematic language, one that still influences generations of filmmakers today.”
The Berlinale runs Feb. 7-17.