Bunuel retrospective planned for Berlin Film Festival

  • List.co.uk
  • 26 October 2007

A retrospective of the films of Spanish surrealist director Luis Bunuel is planned for this year’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicks off in February.

Bunuel’s first feature film, 1930’s The Age of Gold, an attack on the Catholic Church and the middles classes, was just one of many to be banned throughout his career.

His 17-minute short film An Andalusian Dog kicked off the surrealist cinema movement in 1929.

Films influenced by the movement used meandering plots and dreamlike imagery and were preoccupied with breaking social convention.

‘Bunuel was a member of the 20th century avant garde and developed a new cinematic language, one that still influences generations of filmmakers today,’ said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

‘This is why we are honoring the work of this significant director with our retrospective.’

As well as film screenings, Bunuel’s work will also be the subject of lectures and discussion panels.

The Berlin Film Festival is held from February 7-17.

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