The home of filmmaker Luis Buñuel in the Mexican capital is reopening its doors after a second stage of remodeling, which went on from May 2012 to July 2013, with the mission of creating closer cultural ties between Spain and Mexico.
On the 30th anniversary of the death of the Spanish-born Mexican director (1900-1983), one of the most influential filmmakers in the second half of the last century, Buñuel was remembered Monday in the house where he once lived by some of his friends along with representatives of the Spanish government.
The tribute included readings of excerpts from the 1982 autobiography "Mon Dernier Soupir" (My Last Sigh), written by Buñuel and his French friend, Jean-Claude Carriere, and a screening of the 1964 documentary "Luis Buñuel: A Filmmaker of Our Time", directed by Robert Valery.
From now on the center will become a residence for researchers, a center for study and training, and a meeting place for creators of Spanish and Latin American movies.
The home, purchased from the filmmaker's heirs for 400,000 euros ($531,000), will seek to replicate in the Mexican capital the spirit of the Students' Residence in Madrid where Buñuel met Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca.
This was Buñuel's home from 1952 until his death in the Mexican capital, and was a place for meetings and enjoyment with his closest friends.
Buñuel arrived in Mexico in the 1940s as a Spanish Civil War exile with just three films to his credit: "Un Chien Andalou" (1929), "L'Age d'Or" (1930) and "Las Hurdes, Tierra Sin Pan" (1933).
From this country his reputation spread throughout the rest of his life as the masterful creator of such films as "Los Olvidados" (1950), "Nazarin" (1958) and "El Angel Exterminador" (1962). EFE