The Spanish filmmaker, who won Venice’s Silver Lion for directing 1992’s Jamón Jamón and won a Goya for Best Screenplay for 1997’s The Chambermaid on the Titanic, has died in Tarragona, Spain after battling cancer, Reuters reports. He was 67. Bigas Luna wrote and directed his first film, Tatuaje, in 1978. He cast an 18-year-old Penelope Cruz opposite Javier Bardem in her debut film Jamón Jamón, and followed with two more films in his “Iberian trilogy”: Golden Balls (Huevos de Oro), also starring Bardem along with Maria De Medeiros and Benicio del Toro, and The Tit and the Moon (La Teta y la luna). Bigas Luna’s 2010 film Di Di Hollywood starred Elsa Pataky and Peter Coyote. At the time of his death he was developing his next film, an adaptation of Catalan author Manuel de Pedrolo’s sci-fi novel Second origin typescript.
R.I.P. Juan José Bigas Luna
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