Director: Bigas Luna

95 minutes, Spain, 1992, Colour,

Pitched as ‘A Tale of Ham and Passion’, this tumultuous and erotic melodrama from Bigas Luna is as funny as Almodovar’s best, but it’s also more outrageous. Penélope Cruz plays Silvia, daughter of a small-town prostitute who she makes omelettes with for workers at the local underwear factory. Her relationship with the manufacturers’ son causes uproar, leading her into the arms of Javier Bardem’s Raul, an aspiring bull fighter, seller of ham hocks and garlic enthusiast. With an abundance of food imagery throughout, this kinky fable about insatiable appetites has more to it than meats the eye. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

This screening will include the short film, Beetroot Hummus, by Aoife McElwain and Mark Duggan of Forkful TV (www.forkful.tv), and will be followed by a meal inspired by the film in the IFI Café Bar (tickets €20).

Our menu for this event is as follows: 

Selection of tapas (meatballs, patatas bravas & asparagus wrapped in parma ham)

Seafood paella

Tortilla Espanola with courgette, tomato and onion, served with side salad

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