The Valencian filmmaker Luis García Berlanga will have his symbolic star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously in recognition of his career and, specifically, his participation in the 34th edition of the Oscars, when his film «Plácido» It competed in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.
The Valencia City Council will hold a conference in Los Angeles on June 11 and 12 to commemorate this tour of the director in the Californian city.
This tribute will remember Berlanga's trip when Spain lived in the midst of a dictatorship. In addition to screenings, the event will include the placement of a symbolic star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a paella dining experience.
The conference will close the Berlanga Year activities in full coincidence with the filmmaker's birthday, on June 12. "There is no better way to honor the figure of the most universal Valencian director than to celebrate a full-fledged Berlanguian party in the heart of Hollywood", highlighted the Deputy Mayor and Councilor for Urban Development, Sandra Gómez.
Berlanga visited Los Angeles on April 5, 1962 to attend the 34th edition of the Oscars with producer Alfredo Matas and actress Amparo Soler. In the conference, organized by Valencia Cultural Point and Ultramarino Cultural Laboratory, there will be screenings and activities to remember the itinerary of this almost unknown trip.
Documents and images of the most significant moments of that journey will be exhibited: the nomination, the reception in the United States or the presence of stars such as Jane Mansfield and Angie Dickinson, the stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel or the cocktails and receptions in which Berlanga coincided with figures such as King Vidor, William Wyler, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra or Fred Zinneman. The development of the 34th edition of the Oscar ceremony, the subsequent agape and his trip back to Spain will also be recalled.
The 'Berlanga en Hollywood' event will thus serve to commemorate a journey towards achieving one of the highest peaks that a filmmaker can reach: recognition from the Hollywood Academy for his work.