Ventura Pons

Ventura Pons Sala (Catalan pronunciation: [bənˈtuɾə ˈpɔns]; born 25 July 1945, in Barcelona, Spain) is a Spanish movie director. He mainly directs films in Catalan but also in Spanish and English. Pons has 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.

Ventura Pons in 2016

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, such as those in Los Angeles, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Caracas, Belgrade, Istanbul, Warsaw, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, among many others.

Pons has also received international "Lifetime Achievement Awards" at film festivals in Chicago, Galway, Piešťany, Lima, Turin, and Montpellier.

In Spain, he has received the Catalan National Film Award, the Spanish Fine Arts Gold Medal, the Catalan Sant Jordi Cross, the Catalan Film Academy's Gaudi Honorary Award, the Ondas Award, the City of Huesca Award, the Count Jaume d’Urgell Award, and the Jordi Dauder Award, among many others.

In 2012, the University of Colorado at Denver 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), written in 2011, and in 2017, he published I Have Tasted the Fruits of the Tree of Life. He also published a world tour diary, entitled 54 Days and a Bit More in 2012.


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