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José Ramón Larraz

José Ramón Larraz (°1928, Barcelona) is an unusual figure in Spanish cinema. He started working in graphics in the 50s and 60s, first in Spain and later in France and Belgium, embarking on a prolific career as both a comic book illustrator and photographer. But Larraz was attracted mainly to film. An encounter with Josef von Sternberg at the Royal Cinematheque of Brussels changes his course and encourages him to actualize his cinematic goals. Larraz begins his first film and, being a devout anglophile, moves to England. It’s during this ’English’ period that he refines his approach to terror cinema: influenced by authors like Thomas Owen and Henry James, he creates ’sensory’ – or sensual - cinema paradoxically closer to certain gialli than to the horror productions of Hammer. Despite the originality of his approach, the international and yet confidential nature of Larraz and his work has long kept him in the margins. This homage hopes to enlighten audiences on the unique career of this independent director.

José Ramón Larraz will unfortunately be unable to attend our festival due to health problems. This programation is still highly recommanded as it is a rare occasion to discover his work.



José Ramón Larraz, 1974, GB, 35mm, ov ang st fr & nl, 87'

Undoubtedly Larraz’ best-known film. This horrific parable on the animality of desire, haunted by lesbian vampires, bloody and explicit, earned him the reputation as a feminist director, a title rarely bestowed in British sexploitation industry.

14.03 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€


Celia Novis, 2011, ES, video, ov ang st fr, 74'

More fragmented portrait than documentary, Catalonian director Celia Novis accurately situates Larraz at the heart of his own fictions. An unconventional approach that enables her to sketch the features of a man who is as complex as he is secretive.

16.03 > 18:00
5€ / 3,5€


The Coming of Sin

La visita del vicio

José Ramón Larraz, 1978, ES, video, vt ang , 86'

In this post-Franco Spanish production, two women from clashing social backgrounds pursue their love affair until everything is disturbed by the arrival of a masculine protagonist. An impossible love triangle full of dreamy scenes that Buñuel wishes he’d come up with.

16.03 > 24:00
5€ / 3,5€


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