Ventura Pons Sala ( Catalan pronunciation: ) (born 25 July 1945, in [bənˈtuɾə ˈpɔns] Barcelona, Catalonia) is a Catalan movie director.
After a decade as a theatre director, Ventura Pons directed his first film in 1977,
, which was officially selected by the 1978 Ocaña, an Intermittent Portrait Cannes Film Festival. With eighteen feature films, sixteen of which were produced by his own company Els Films de la Rambla, S.A., founded in 1985, he has become one of the best-known Catalan film directors.
His work has been shown at the best international film festivals, most notably at the
Berlin International Film Festival for many consecutive years.
He began his movie career making comedies about local customs (
The Vicary of Olot and What's your bet, Mari Pili?, for example). Since 1995 he has chosen to adapt dramatic and comic texts of Catalan writers like Quim Monzó ( What It's All About), Josep Maria Benet i Jornet ( Actresses, Amic/Amat), Sergi Belbel ( Caresses, To Die (or not)), Lluís-Anton Baulenas ( Anita Takes a Chance, Idiot Love), Jordi Puntí ( Wounded animals), Ferran Torrent ( Life on the edge) and Lluïsa Cunillé ( Barcelona (a map)).
In 1995 he was awarded the National Cinema Prize by the
Government of Catalonia, which also awarded him the Creu de Sant Jordi in 2007.
Filmography [ edit ]
Ignasi M. 2011:
Year of Grace (Any de Gràcia) 2010:
A thousand morons (Mil cretins) 2009:
A la deriva 2008:
Strangers (Forasters) 2007:
Barcelona (un mapa) 2006:
Life on the edge (La vida abismal) 2005:
Wounded animals (Animals ferits) 2004:
Idiot love (Amor idiota) 2002:
El Gran Gato 2001:
Food of Love (Menja d'amor) 2000:
Anita Takes a Chance (Anita no perd el tren) 1999:
To Die (Or Not) (Morir (o no))
Beloved/Friend (Amic / Amat) 1997:
Caresses ( Carícies) 1996:
Actresses ( Actrius) 1994:
What It's All About (El perquè de tot plegat) 1993:
Rosita, Please! 1992:
Tonight Or Never (Aquesta nit o mai) 1990:
What's Your Bet, Mari Pili? (Què t'hi jugues, Mari Pili?) 1989:
Dammed Misery! (Puta misèria!) 1986:
The Blonde at the Bar (La rossa del bar) 1981:
The Vicary Of Olot (El vicari d'Olot) 1979:
Informe sobre el FAGC 1978:
, Ocana, an Intermittent Portrait (Ocaña, retrat intermitent)
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