Bigas Luna’s cult 1992 film Jamo?n Jamo?n opens with the pink and golden hues of a summer’s evening across Arago?n’s vast plains and rugged barren mountains. We then see a close-up of crevices cut deep into hard dry land, empty and desolate.
The start of the shot is framed by a rusting Osborne bull, one of the iconic iron silhouettes dotted throughout the Spanish countryside, and it is closed by a young Javier Bardem busting out some bullfighting moves, a friend circling him with bull horns attached to a strange, trolley-like contraption.
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A stunning, sweeping vista bookended by decay and absurdity, capturing the beautiful, wild and untamed nature of the region, as well as its idiosyncrasies, improbabilities and renegades.