7 Apr 2013

Death of Spanish director

6:47 am on 7 April 2013

One of Spain's best known film directors, Juan Jose Bigas Luna, has died of cancer.

Bigas Luna, 67, was known for erotically-charged films such as Jamon, Jamon; Bilbao; and My Name Is Juani.

He died on Friday at his home in Tarragona, near Barcelona.

In 1992 Jamon, Jamon won a Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. It also gave Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem their first big break.