ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News
A series of films by Catalan director Ventura Pons will be screened at the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Museum.
The screenings will continue through June 15 and will take place in the auditorium at the Pera Museum. Movies Anita No Pierde el Tren (Anita takes a chance), Manjar de Amor (Food of Love), Barcelona, Morir o no (To Die or Not), El porque de las cosas (What it's All About) are amongst those that will be on screen.
Besides screening Pons' films, the museum and Istanbul Cervantes plan to bring the famous director to Istanbul. He will be a part of a panel discussion after the screening of his film Barcelona on June 14.
Pons' stories about human relationships have been widely interpreted. It is possible to see the social and economic effects of Franco's death on Spain in his work. He focuses on the transformations of social classes, sexual preferences, and relationships between women and men.
Pons directed his first film in 1977, after a decade as a theatre director. Ventura, Ocaña, an intermittent portrait, was an official selection of the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. With 19 feature films, 17 produced by his own company, Els Films de la Rambla, S.A., founded in 1985, Pons has become one of the best-known Catalan film directors. His films are continuously shown at the best international festivals. The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London; the Lincoln Center in New York; the Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Valdivia and Istanbul Film Festivals; the Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa Cinematheques in Israel; and the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles have all presented retrospectives of his films.