The home in Mexico City where Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel lived during his last years will reopen its doors in 2014 as a cultural center, the deputy director of the Film Library of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, said.
The building was restored "giving it the same image" the original property had and is currently in a phase of being fitted out, Carmen Carrara said.
Casa Buñuel, as the residence is known, was purchased by the Spanish government in 2010 and opened to the public a year later as a cultural institution. It was then closed for the remodeling which still continues.
"There is enormous symbolic value in making the house where Luis Buñuel lived into a cultural institution dedicated to cinema," the deputy director of programming at the National Film Library, Nelson Carro, said.
The house was designed by Spanish architect Arturo Saenz de la Calzada, a companion of Buñuel since their student days in Madrid.
Activities to be organized at the new cultural center will include conferences, workshops, meetings and expos designed to make Casa Buñuel a meeting place for Ibero-American filmmakers, Carrara said.
The remodeling and presentation of Buñuel's home commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of the director of "Viridiana" and "Belle de Jour," for which a round of activities has been prepared in the Mexican capital and other parts of the Aztec nation. EFE