Tribute to José María Nunes

Tribute to José María Nunes

L’Alternativa is keen to pay tribute to this highly personal filmmaker who was always by our side. A great friend and travelling companion, he was Honorary President of La Fàbrica de Cinema Alternatiu for a number of years and shared many key moments in our history.

We shall be screening Noche de vino tinto, one of his best-known films, and Sílvia Subirós Mercader’s documentary La edad del sol.

José María Nunes was born in Portugal. In 1942 he emigrated to Spain and soon settled in Barcelona, where he lived for the rest of his life. In the 1950s, he held a whole series of different jobs in the Catalan filmmaking industry. After his long training he finally realised his dream of directing with his film Mañana..., which launched his acclaimed professional career and also laid the first stone for what would become the Barcelona School. He also wrote essays and screenplays for other filmmakers, painted and even acted in films for his friends Jordi Cadena, Alfonso Ungría and Carlos Atanes.

“Nunes, a determined man who invested time in his friends, was an attitude. Looking life full on. Strong and tumultuous. Courageous. He said: ‘I’ve got anarchist feelings’. But that wasn’t true: he was pure feeling, free of any adjectives or limits.” Pere Vall, journalist.


La edad del sol (The Age of the Sun)
Sílvia Subirós (Spain)

Noche de vino tinto (Red Wine Night)
José María Nunes (Spain)