LUIS BUÑUEL BACKGROUND Spanish-born director, Luis Buñuel is known as the father of cinematic Surrealism and considered a film legend. Most of his films contain anti-clerical and shocking themes due to the strict Jesuit education he received growing up. Buñuel won numerous awards for his films during his lifetime from the Cannes Film Festival, Academy Awards to the Venice and Berlin Film Festival.
REASON A few years back I had come across Un Chien Andalou and since I previously had a liking to surrealism, the film fascinated me with its bizarre imagery. It was only later, however, that I had discovered that Buñuel had worked with Dalí during its production. What attracts me to Buñuel is his use of surrealism in the second French period, many of which I have seen, shows dream-like images that are seamless with reality. Not as shocking as his earlier masterpieces, this last period portrayed an artful and tasteful representation of Surrealism through film that it becomes difficult to distinguish fantasy form reality. Thinking about this festival, he came up as one of my choices because the power that this man had in the realm of Surrealist cinema and the imagery that he produced.
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The process book accompanied by a hypothetical David Lynch Film Festival entitled: "The Owls Are Not What They Seem."