Our very beloved Ventura Pons has left us this year… This great film director was the author of such unforgettable films as ¡Puta miseria!, Caricias, Manjar de amor or, evidently, Ocaña, retrat intermitent, his first and unforgettable film work. To pay tribute to this irreplaceable figure of Catalan cinema, what better than to see again – or discover – precisely that magical film, an intimate vision of the Andalusian painter José Pérez Ocaña, such an emblematic person of the Rambla and the Plaza Real in Barcelona at the end of the seventies. At the screening of Ocaña, retrat intermitent, on Tuesday the 11th, at 8 p.m., we will be accompanied at the screening by Miquel Rey, former producer of Ventura Pons.

And to complete this tribute, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the entire FIRE!!, at the French Institute of the Santa Ocaña exhibition. Fetishes, dreams and transvestism , selection of vector portraits by Rubén Antón.

From MON 13/5 to SAT 22/6


Santa Ocaña.
Fetishes, dreams and transvestism
, by Rubén Antón

Santa Ocaña. Fetishes, dreams and transvestism, exhibition of vector portraits by Rubén Antón

… Rubén Antón has created this collection of 18 pieces for her project “Drag is Burning” of historical memory of transvestism and the LGTBIQ+ collective. It pays tribute to the Seville painter José Pérez Ocaña, a key character in the countercultural artistic environment of the hypothetical transition, from his arrival in Barcelona in the 70s until his death in 1983. The exhibition is also linked to the screening of the famous documentary Ocaña, retrat intermitent (Tuesday the 11th at 8pm), the first film by the great director Ventura Pons, who recently died and to whom the FIRE!! Mostra wants to pay tribute.

FRENCH INSTITUTE GUIDED TOUR>8th and 15th June, 7pm with Rubén Antón From 8th May to 16th June: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm. Saturday and Sunday during the Festival, from 4pm to 9pm Free entry

Drag is Burning

TUE 11/6 : 8pm


Ocaña, retrato intermitente

Ocaña, retrato intermitente

Ocaña, retrato intermitente
Ventura Pons
Spain (Catalonia), 1978, 85′

Intimate vision of the Andalusian painter José Pérez Ocaña, a character who marked the life of the Rambla and the Plaza Real in Barcelona in the late seventies. Ocaña is an intermittent portrait broken by the “provocation of memory.” It tells us about his life and, at the same time, intermittently, we see the world that emanates from his subconscious. Thus, through the use of transvestism, we are shown the dramatic game, which is based on the Iberian grotesque, also close to the modern theories of street theater. We reconstruct his visions of the cult of death, the fetishism of religious images… And to these intermittencies is added his “vital discharge”, his creative universe.

With the programming of Ocaña, retrato intermitente, a legendary documentary if there ever was one, we want to pay tribute to director Ventura Pons, who died at the beginning of this year, with what was the first foray into cinema of this immense Barcelona director.

FRENCH INSTITUTE TUE 11/6 8pm Advance sales online or at the box office