For the first time, the groundbreaking ’80s masterpiece by Pere Portabella, the Spanish master, Bunuel associate and director of THE SILENCE BEFORE BACH, is available in the United States and Canada.
Statement from Jonathan Demme:
I was lucky enough to first see “Warsaw Bridge” at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Barcelona in the summer of 2000 as part of a “hometown boy makes good” retrospective the museum was presenting of Portabella’s work. I was literally freaked and said, “Who? Pere Portabella? Used to produce Bunuel films? Why haven’t I ever even heard of this guy? How could a rich and dazzling and sumptuous film such as this remain so utterly unknown in my country? The exquisite images, the superbly rendered music, the bravura style, this bold narrative, the great performances, the perfection of the totality of this unique and vibrant wonderland of a film — How to get it seen in America?”
The answer now, these few years later, is the intrepid and visionary tricksters at Shadow Distribution, to whom I am so deeply indebted for the work that they have put into making this American distribution a reality. The release here of “Warsaw Bridge” is a movie dream come true for me. And somehow appropriate, too. I’ve been taking inspiration and plundering ideas from Portabella’s great film ever since I saw it back there in Barcelona. Portabella comes to America! A lovely gift for outside-the-mall film-seekers.