ICA: Luis Buñuel Retrospective – 12th November to 6th December 2015

Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational 

ICA retrospective

12th November – 6th December 2015

‘the best director in the world’ – Alfred Hitchcock

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Luis Buñuel was a leader of avant-garde surrealism, an iconoclast and provocateur. He remains one of the most revolutionary filmmakers of all time.

We are excited to bring you a retrospective celebrating Buñuel’s work from the very beginning of his career with one of the most famous short films ever made, Un Chien Andalou (1929), through his extraordinary Mexican period including Los Olvidados (1950), Nazarin (1959) and The Exterminating Angel (1962), to his last works and such legendary films as Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970) and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972).

There will be rare screenings of Él and The Young One and the majority of the films will be presented from 35mm prints. There is also the rare chance to see short film Eating Sea Urchins, a surrealist home movie that Buñuel filmed at Salvador Dali’s house in 1930.

Highlights of the season include panel discussions and Q&As with speakers including eminent collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, grandson Diego Buñuel, leading academics such as Maria Delgado, Jo EvansPeter Evans, Julian Gutierrez-Albilla and Rob Stone, and film critics Tim Robey (The Telegraph) and Ryan Gilbey (The New Statesman and The Guardian).