Spain hands over the house of Luis Buñuel to Mexico

Under the AMACC, the house is expected to become a teaching center focused on cinematography
House of Luis Buñuel - Photo courtesy of the Mexican Secretary of Culture
09/10/2017
15:50
Newsroom/EL UNIVERSAL in English
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The House of Luis Buñuel, located in the Del Valle quarter, was given to Mexico in commodate (gratuitous loan) by the Spanish Government, so it could be used as a teaching center focused on cinematography.

The house was inhabited in 1952 by the Spanish filmmaker after he became a Mexican citizen in 1949. It was in this building were he envisioned some of his most important projects, such as “El ángel exterminador” (“The Exterminating Angel”), which came out in 1962.

Back in the day, Buñuel used to receive in his house the celebrities of his time – such as Silvia Pinal and María Félix – but the building is now the headquarters of the Ibero-American Federation of Cinematography Academies (FIACINE) and the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences (AMACC).

Luis Fernández-Cid de las Alas Pumariño, Ambassador to Spain in Mexico, submitted the document of the gratuitous loan to Undersecretary of Cultural Development, Saúl Juárez Vega, on behalf of the Culture Secretary, María Cristina García Cepeda, who – in turn – assigned it to Dolores Heredia, president of the AMACC.

The house is expected to host workshops, seminars, screenings, and activities which will benefit both, filmmakers and cinema fans, defined by the spirit and name of Luis Buñuel, whose legacy is an example of the 20th-century cinematography.

The Spanish Ambassador claimed Luis Buñuel was a “Mexican Spanish and a Spanish Mexican who touched universality through his work.” He detailed the house would now become a shelter for all the filmmakers who gather under its roof to continue strengthening the cinematographic tradition of Ibero-American cinematography.

“Cinema gives us a new way of thinking, it keeps sadness away, and unites us as a society,” he added.

For her part, Dolores Heredia stated it was an honor for the Academy to inhabit this house, which was the result of the joint efforts between the Spanish Government representation, the Ministry of Culture, and the Mexican Institute of Cinematography.

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