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Luminous Dreams: Gabriel Figueroa Centenary

“Gabriel Figueroa contributed to our Mexican dictionary with his images.” Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro (BAFTA goes to Mexico, 2007)

Gabriel Figueroa (1907 – 1997) achieved international recognition as one of the world’s greatest black & white cinematographers. Not only did he help to re-define his national cinema during its ‘Golden Age’, Figueroa is also credited with creating a lasting moving image of Mexico and her people.

In the UK there has been very little opportunity to experience Figueroa’s haunting images on the big screen. Cornerhouse hopes to repair this significant gap in cinematic knowledge with this season of 17 films, including seven brand new 35mm prints specially made for the centenary by the Filmoteca de la UNAM (Mexican film archive). Many of the films have never been seen before in the UK, whilst others enjoy a rare outing from the vaults for this special season.

You can take a closer look at Figueroa’s imagery in an exhibition of his photographs at the Instituto Cervantes, Manchester. Plus there are a number of events and visits from special guests to illuminate your Figueroa experience, as well as a tour of selected films to the The Barbican Centre, London.