BIOGRAPHY

Ventura Pons has already directed 32 feature films and is one of the best-known Catalan film directors. His films are continuously programmed in the most prestigious International Festivals, almost 810 up to now, and distributed in many countries around the world.

 

He has been vice-president of the Spanish Film Academy and the subject of more than 34 international homages and retrospectives: London’s ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts), New York’s Lincoln Center and in the world's foremost Cinematheques: Los Angeles, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Caracas, Belgrade, Istanbul, Warsaw, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Mexico among many others.

 

Pons has also received international “life time achivement awards” in Chicago, Galway, Piestany, Lima, Torino, and Montpellier.

 

In Spain he has received the Catalan National Film Award, the Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal, the Catalan Sant Jordi Cross, the Catalan Film Academy Gaudi Honour Award, the Ondas Award, the City of Huesca Award, the Jordi Dauder Award, among many others.

 

In 2012 the University of Colorado at Denver (USA) held an academic Conference on his cinema. Vervuert has published a book about this conference: Ventura Pons: An exceptional gaze from the Catalan cinema.

 

He has published a book of memoirs Mine (and the others) (2011), and finished in 2017 another one The others are mine (but not all) and also a World Tour diary, 54 days and a bit more (2012).

 

On Sept. 2014 he recovered in Barcelona the old Texas Cinemes, to normalize the exhibition of international cinema always subtitled in Catalan. Europa Cinemas awarded it as the best "cinema on the move" in 2016.

 

In March 2017 he opened the AlbaTexas Cinemas in Valencia and in January 2018 the Las Vegas cinemas in Figueres.

 

At the same time, he founded the distribution company Alba Films to present the most interesting world-wide cinema that does not  arrivee to our screens.

MAIN RETROSPECTIVES AND HOMAGES

1994: Bogota Film Festival (Colombia)

1998: Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece)

1999: ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) London (United Kingdom)

1999: Belgrade Film Festival (Serbia)

1999: Lincoln Center, New York (USA)

2000: Dijon Film Festival (France)

2000: Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2000: Huesca Film Festival (Spain)

2000: Strasbourg Spanish Film Festival (France)

2001: American Cinematheque, Hollywood, Los Angeles (USA)

2001: Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey)

2001: Caracas Film Festival (Venezuela)

2002: Montevideo Cinematheque (Uruguay)

2002: Argentinian Cinematheque, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2003: Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa Cinematheques (Israel)

2003: Warsaw Film Festival (Poland)

2003: Valdivia Film Festival (Chile)

2004: Lima Spanish Film Festival (Peru)

2004: Madrid Experimental Film Fest (Spain)

2005: Asunción Film Fest (Paraguay)

2005: Stockholm Instituto Cervantes (Sweeden)

2006: Damascus (Syria), Beirut (Libanon) & Amman (Jordan) Instituto Cervantes

2006: Inquiet / Valencia (Spain)

2007: Som Festival Mollerussa (Spain)

2007: Viena Instituto Cervantes (Austria)

2008: IDEM Film Festival (Spain)

2008: Istambul Pera Museum and Instituto Cervantes (Turkey)

2008: Cinematik Film Festival (Slovakia)

2009: Lima Festival XIII Encuentro Latinoamericano de Cine (Perú)

2009: Madrid’s International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Spain)

2010: Roma Gay Festival / Instituto Cervantes (Italy)

2011: Jamaia Millia Islamaia University New Delhi (India)

2011: Belgrad Cinematheque (Serbia)

2011: Montpellier Festival (Francia)

2012: Tropic Cinema Key West, Florida (USA)

2012: Gloria Chicago Awards (USA)

2012: University of Denver Colorado: conference (USA)

2013: Cineteca Nuevo León, Monterrey (Mexico)

2013: Cineteca Nacional, México,DF (Mexico)

2013: Teatro Margarita Xirgu Buenos Aires (Argentina)

2014: Filmoteca de Catalunya (Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain)

2014: Instituto Cervantes de Tokyo (Japan)

2014: Festival Internacional de Quito (Equador) 

2016: Mérdia, Yucatan (MEX)

2016: Bogotà Film Festival (Colombia)

2016: LesGaiCineMad Festival Madrid (Spain)

2016: 15a Mostra Cinema Ontinyent ( Spain)

2018: Instituto Cervantes de Argel (Algeria)

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