This new strand includes screenings of archival material, as well as classical films presented with an artistic twist. We look into re-interpreting history with a new gaze.

This year’s new strand features the legacy of two of the most famous proponents of Spanish cinema and literature spanning the pre- and post-Civil War periods: Luis Buñuel and Miguel Delibes; with 2020 being the centenary of the latter’s birth. 

Luis Buñuel’s Land Without Bread (Cinema-Concert) *Edinburgh only

To submerge us more fully in the rhythms of Ibero-America, we have invited Spanish musicians Carmen García and Jesús Osuna (known as Duo Montjuïc) to Edinburgh. Carmen and Jesús explore new paths of musical creation using the clarinet, guitars, cello and metallophones which allow them to delve into a variety of timbres and textures. They will create a new live soundtrack to accompany the first censored version of Luis Buñuel’s short documentary Land Without Bread from 1936. 

To contextualise the film, and in collaboration with the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, Land Without Bread is shown as a double bill with Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles. This animated feature tells the story of the making of Buñuel’s documentary and has just picked up the best animated feature prizes at the 32nd European Film Awards and the 34th Goya Awards. 

Miguel Delibes' Centenary

Delibes was one of the leading figures of post-Civil War Spanish literature. His realist fiction is best known for its critical analysis of 20th century Spanish society. Several of his works have been adapted into films that have won awards at many international film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival. 

IberoDocs is showcasing the films The Holy Innocents and Night Function.

The Holy Innocents is based on the novel of the same title and has picked up numerous awards at various film festivals. It was voted one of the best Spanish films of the 20th Century. The story exemplifies several of the recurring themes in Delibes' narrative work: the oppression by the dominant social classes, and the disdain and humiliations meted out to uneducated servants.

The film Night Function was inspired by Delibes' book, Five Hours With Mario, and blends the story of the actress in her stage role and as an ex-wife. The story is about a changing society and the protagonist's dissatisfaction with her marital, emotional and sexual life with her husband.

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Screen Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the...
Land Without Bread Cinema-Concert
The Holy Innocents
Night Function
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