Berlin Film Festival to honour Bunuel

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28 October 2007, Berlin (dpa) - The Berlin Film Festival is to celebrate Spanish- born director Luis Bunuel at next February's festival with a presentation of a comprehensive programme of his movies, organizers said. "It's impossible to classify Bunuel," said Rainer Rother, who is director of the festival's retrospective programme. "His greatness lies in his persistence to present his own individual perspective on things." The movies to be shown of Bunuel, who died in 1983, include films which he contribut

28 October 2007

Berlin (dpa) - The Berlin Film Festival is to celebrate Spanish- born director Luis Bunuel at next February's festival with a presentation of a comprehensive programme of his movies, organizers said.

"It's impossible to classify Bunuel," said Rainer Rother, who is director of the festival's retrospective programme. "His greatness lies in his persistence to present his own individual perspective on things."

The movies to be shown of Bunuel, who died in 1983, include films which he contributed to as assistant director and screenwriter as well as producer.

"He invented filmic surrealism, provoked in socio-critical works, and achieved fame with satirical portraits of Europe's bourgeoisie," said Rother who is also director of the Deutsche Kinemathek - the museum for film and television.

Bunuel was repeatedly censored by the state and the church during the course of his career. His Spanish-Mexican production Viridiana won Cannes' prestigious Golden Palm in 1961, and was criticized in Franco-controlled Spain for allegedly being blasphemous.

He worked with many of the European film industry greatest figures including Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour and Tristana), Jeanne Moreau (Le journal d'une femme de chambre/Diary of a Chambermaid), and Simone Signoret (La mort en ce jardin/Death in the Garden).

"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 Berlin Film Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

DPA

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