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Film Hub London backs London-wide Luis Buñuel retrospective

Date posted: 02.12.2015

Three Hub Members – the ICA, Deptford Cinema and The Gate Cinema – are working together to bring the work of avant-garde director Luis Buñuel to audiences across London, with Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational.

From the iconic surrealist imagery of Un Chien Andalou to the absurdist social commentary of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Buñuel's works remain some of the most influential films of the 20th Century. 

This retrospective programme brings over 18 of his films to cinemas across London, including works from the very beginning of his career to later titles including The Exterminating Angel and Belle de Jour.

The season also offers insights from some of Buñuel's key collaborators, including discussions with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Diego Buñuel, Jonathan Romney, Tim Robey and Maria Delgado have also been on-hand to share their expertise.

Aesthetics of the Irrational also explores Buñuel's enduring influence on today's filmmaking landscape, discussing Buñuel's legacy on contemporary films including Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster and Ben Wheatley's A Field in England


Exhibitor Activation Programme

The season was supported by Film Hub London's Exhibitor Activation Programme, which was launched in July this year. With the aim of capitalising on groundbreaking, high-impact programming, the Hub invests in existing projects and innovative marketing initiatives, enabling them to engage new audiences and expand their reach across the capital.

For Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational, Exhibitor Activation funds allowed the participating venues to import rare prints from across the world, boosting the uniqueness and scope of the programme. Support was also given to the creation of an innovative marketing campaign, with bespoke activity taking place in each of the three cinemas.

Think you might have a project which could qualify for the Exhibitor Activation Programme? Download the guidelines and get in touch with to discuss suitability.

Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational runs at the ICA, Deptford Cinema and The Gate Cinema from Thursday 12 November to Tuesday 9 February.

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