The Ibero-American Film Festival pays tribute to Buñuel and the spectators on the poster of its 48th edition

The Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival presented this Tuesday at the Casa Colón the poster for its 48th edition, which will be held between November 11 and 18. The work, a creation by renowned art director José Luis Ágreda, pays homage to film director Luis Buñuel, a director “key in Ibero-American cinematography and in the history of the Huelva event”.

The poster, according to the organization in a press release, also sets its sights on the spectators, “true protagonists of the Festival after some editions complicated by the pandemic”.

The director of the contest, Manuel H. Martín, has been in charge of presenting the poster announcing this next edition in an act that has also had the presence, in addition to the author of the poster, the mayor of Huelva and president of the Foundation of the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival, Gabriel Cruz; the president of the Provincial Council, María Eugenia Limón; and the delegate of the Andalusian Government in Huelva, Álvaro Burgos.

Other members of the Board of Trustees of the Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival Cultural Foundation have also been present, such as the Councilor for Tourism, Promotion of Huelva Abroad and University of the Huelva City Council, Fran Baluffo; the regional delegate for Public Works, Infrastructures, Regional Planning, Culture and Historical Heritage of the Junta de Andalucía, José Manuel Correa; and councilwoman Noelia Álvarez, as well as other sponsors and collaborators of the event.

The director of the Huelva Festival has assured that “the announcement of the poster and the change of format, from competition to commission, will help speed up the communication of the event and the presence of the festival months before the November celebration”.

Regarding the choice of the author, Martín points out that “he is an Andalusian author of national and international projection, who has a unique, personal and very direct style, and whose poster, which subtly integrates Buñuel’s cinematographic universe, invites engage the viewer and make them the protagonist, which is also the main objective of the event”.

Buñuel is also closely linked to the Huelva Film Festival, as he was honored in its second edition (1976), which he attended accompanied by his screenwriter Jean Claude Carrière. Very symbolic elements from his filmography are introduced in the poster: the leg from ‘Tristana’, the rooster from ‘Los Olvidados’, the column from ‘Simón del Desierto’, the knife from ‘Un perro andaluz’ and the box from ‘Belle de day. But, above all, the filmmaker and his interaction with the viewer are given prominence, as if Buñuel was preparing them to enter an incredible scene.

In this sense, José Luis Ágreda explained that “the main idea for this year’s poster has been to make the viewer the protagonist, since he is the star that once again fills the movie theaters. The film crew, in fact, is watching him”, he said before pointing out that there is “no better director to represent the immense and varied Ibero-American cinephile community than Luis Buñuel”.

Likewise, he has admitted to being “obsessed” with his figure since his participation in the film ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’, “Calanda’s genius seems to me the obvious choice: he knew how to convey the American and European idiosyncrasies without losing his vision completely unique and personal”, he highlighted.

For his part, the mayor of Huelva, Gabriel Cruz, stated that José Luis Ágreda’s poster “brings even more prestige to the Festival, with which we are already working to increase its national and international impact and make a clear commitment to its growth”.

In this sense, Cruz recalled that the City Council has tripled its budget contribution to the event for the 48th edition, an increase that will also be made by the Provincial Council and the Andalusian Government, as stated by the mayor, for whom the Festival “Now begins a stage full of hope to reach its 50th edition in the place it undoubtedly deserves”.

The author

José Luis Ágreda is one of the most renowned art directors in the Spanish film and audiovisual industry. An artist with a very personal stamp, he has been dedicated to drawing for nearly 25 years in all its possible varieties: editorial, press, advertising, comics, animation design, art direction, etc.

In animation cinema, his latest work as art director stands out in the feature film ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’, a winning film, among others, of the Jury Prize at the Annecy Festival and the Goya 2020 for Best Film. of Animation, as well as the EFA of European cinema.

Recently, he has worked as art director for the animated series ‘Viking Skool’ at the Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, for Disney TV. And he is currently repeating his work as art director in Pablo Berger’s new film, ‘Robot Dreams’.

Seasoned in the press pages, he was part of the usual team of ‘El País Semanal’ for two decades, and has collaborated on major titles such as ‘Fotogramas’, ‘Cosmopolitan’, or ‘Qué Leer’.

In addition, he has published weekly and uninterrupted comics for almost twenty years in the satirical magazine ‘El Jueves’. His graphic novel ‘Cosecha Rosa’ won the prestigious award for Best Work in 2001 at the Barcelona Comic Fair.

His work has been published in the main publishing houses -Planeta, Santillana, Espasa, Richmond or Pearson, Aguilar– and the collection of his character Carla for the publishing house Timun Mas (Planeta) stands out in the field of children’s illustration, reaching successfully all fifteen titles.

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