The indiscreet charm of Buñuel
Luciano Castillo

The indiscreet charm of Buñuel brings together fragments of interviews conducted by Luciano Castillo to different people who worked and collaborated very closely with the great film director, such as Ignacio López Tarso, Jean-Claude Carrère, Silvia Pinal and Ángela Molina among others, who Share their personal experiences and views on Buñuel.

 

LUCIANO CASTILLO
Born in Camagüey, Cuba (1955), Luciano Castillo is a film critic, researcher, and historian. With an MA in Latin American culture, he is a member of the Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) and of the Asociación Cubana de la Prensa Cinematográfica (Cuban Association of Film Press, affiliated with FIPRESCI). He contributes to multiple specialized journals. He makes weekly appearances devoted to Cuban cinema on the radio, TV, and websites. He lectures at universities and cultural institutions in various countries, and he serves as a juror for diverse competitions (Mar del Plata, Valladolid, New York, Guadalajara, Cartagena, Bogotá, Havana, Huelva, Lima, Guatemala, etc.). His published books include, among others: La verdad 24 veces x segundo (The Truth 24 Times a Second, Ácana, 1989); Concierto en imágenes (Image Concert, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, 1994); Con la locura de los sentidos: Entrevistas a cineastas latinoamericanos (With the Madness of the Senses: Interviews with Latin American Filmmakers, Artesiete, 1994); Ramón Peón: el hombre de los glóbulos negros (Ramón Peón: The Man with the Black Globules, Filmoteca de la UNAM, 1998); Entre el vivir y el soñar: Pioneros del cine cubano (Between Living and Dreaming: Pioneers of Cuban Cinema, Ácana, 2008); Cronología del cine cubano (Timeline of Cuban Cinema, co-authored with Arturo Agramonte, Ed. ICAIC 2012-2016); Conversaciones con Jean-Claude Carrière (Conversations with Jean-Claude Carrière, co-written with Javier Espada, Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, 2004); Carpentier en el reino de la imagen (Carpentier in the Kingdom of Images, Universidad Veracruzana, 2000); El cine cubano a contraluz (Cuban Cinema Backlit, Oriente, 2008); El cine es cortar (Cinema Means Cutting, with editor Nelson Rodríguez, Ediciones EICTV, 2010); Trenes en la noche (Trains in the Night, Oriente, 2012); La biblia del cinéfilo (The Cinephile’s Bible, Arte y Literatura, 2015); and Retrato de grupo sin cámara (Group Portrait Without Camera, Oriente, 2016). He selected the writing team for and was the Puerto Rico coordinator of the Diccionario del Cine Iberoamericano: España, Portugal, América (Dictionary of Ibero-American Film: Spain, Portugal, and the Americas,Madrid, 2011). He is the programming consultant for the Havana Film Festival in New York. The Cuban Ministry of Culture granted him the distinction Por la Cultura Nacional (For National Culture, 2013). From 1995 to 2014, he directed the Mediateca André Bazin (André Bazin Media Archive) at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (International School Film and Television School). He is currently the director of the Cinemateca de Cuba (Cuban Film Archive).

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