BOWIE CINEMA

A series of David Bowie’s Universe fiction and documentary movies will be screened at Museum of Design Auditorium in collaboration with the British Council and ETNIA Barcelona.

Every thursday afternoon, starting July 13th to August 24th. The cycle includes classical science fiction movies such as The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Labyrinth (1986) along with acclaimed biography documentaries like David Bowie: Five Years and The Last Five Years, whose screening will be presented by its director, Francis Whately (BBC).


  • Venue: Design Museum of Barcelona (Auditorium)
  • Every thursday afternoon, starting July 13th to August 24th
  • Free entrance, limited capacity
  • Free tickets will be delivered the same day of each session at the exhibition box office. No later than 10 minutes before the screening starts
  • Ticket opening hours: 10:00h (access for Calle Àvila s/n)

PROGRAMME


Thursday 13th of July

16:30h David Bowie Is Happening Now (Hamish Hamilton i Katy Mullan, 2013)

A film of the exhibition created by the Victoria & Albert Museum. The curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into the most memorable works in the exhibition, revealing the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.

Language: Original version in english, no subtitles.

18:30h The Hunger (Tony Scott, 1983)

El ansia is perhaps the most important cult film of Bowie’s career, as much for its prominent cast and Bauhuas-laced soundtrack as for being one of the best vampire movies of the sinister 80s.

Language: Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


Thursday 20th of July

18:00h Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Nagisa Ôshima, 1983)

During the Second World War, the British soldier Jack Celliers is interned in a Japanese prison camp. His jailer, Yonoi, is obsessed with discipline, honour, glory, and secretly in love with him.

Language: Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


Thursday 27th of July

16:30h David Bowie: Five Years (Francis Whately, 2013)

An intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie’s career. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive this film looks at how Bowie continually evolved, from Ziggy Stardust to the soul star of Young Americans and the ‘Thin White Duke’.

Language: Original version in english, english subtitles.

18:00h Director’s presentation with Francis Whately (BBC)

18:30h David Bowie: The Last Five Years (Francis Whately, 2017)

The documentary takes a look back at the last five years of the legendary musician’s life. This creative period included his last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, and also the composition of his musical Lazarus.

Language: Original version in english, english subtitles.


Thursday 3rd of August

17:00h Cracked Actor (Alan Yentob, 1975)

Cracked Actor has become one of the classic rock documentaries of all time, remaining an enduring influence on generations of Bowie fans. The documentary depicts Bowie on tour in Los Angeles, using a mixture of documentary sequences filmed in limousines and hotels, and concert footage.

Language: Original version in english, no subtitles.

18:30h Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986)

The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie).
Language: Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


Thursday 10th of August

17:30h The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976)

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts working in a high-tech company to get the billions of dollars needed to build the ship that should return him home, and there he meets Mary Lou, a young woman who falls in love with him.

Language: Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


Thursday 17th of August

17:00h Roberta Marrero: “David Bowie, gender and sexual identity” (talk)

When David Bowie stepped onto the stage as Ziggy Stardust in 1969, one of the world’s greatest gay icons was born and the rulebooks were forever rewritten.

Roberta Marrero is a plastic artist and writer. She has published the books: “Dictators” and “Green Baby, Childhood, Transsexuality and Heroes of Pop” .Her work talks about her autobiography, feminism, politics, the idea of romantic love or death.

Language: Spanish.

18:00h Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell, 2001)

Musical film turned into true cult film. After a sex change operation, Hedwig falls in love with a promising musician who will eventually steal the songs. The protagonist herself tells her story through the songs of her band.

Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


Thursday 24th of August

16:00h Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009)

The first movie released by Duncan Jones, son of David Bowie and winner of the BAFTA prize. Science fiction.

Original version in english, spanish subtitles.

18:00h Basquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)

Biographical drama film based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Jeffrey Wright portrays Basquiat, and David Bowie plays Basquiat’s friend and mentor Andy Warhol.

Original version in english, spanish subtitles.


All the films will be screened in the Auditori of the Museo del Disseny. Free entrance, limited capacity.


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