CHUS BURÉS IN COLLABORATION WITH FILM DIRECTORS
Chus Burés’ association with film has borne spectacular fruit.
In fact some of his designs have become so famous – they actually have a special place in the history of Spanish cinema.
Chus is probably best known for collaborating with acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who commissioned him to design jewellery
for two of his most emblematic films – Matador and Átame (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down). Chus has also designed jewellery for other Spanish film directors
such as Bigas Luna and Vincent Molina Foix – and more recently Adolfo Arrieta.
PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, MATADOR, 1985
The female lead in the famous Almodóvar film Matador enjoys killing her lovers with a fetishistic object which is also a lethal weapon. Chus Burés actually designed three versions of the legendary hairpin, and the version which appears in the film features a treble clef which was inspired by Andalusian iron grilles. Thirty years down the line, this hairpin, symbolising both passion and death, is still world famous and very much in demand.
PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, ÁTAME, 1989
Burés created a design for Átame (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down) which represents a bound heart and reflects the complicated, troubled love which the male lead, Ricky, played by Antonio Banderas, is feeling. On the one hand, the heart symbolises helpless arousal from fetishistic eroticism and on the other, the idea of surrendering to feelings of love which know no barriers or conventions.
BIGAS LUNA, LA TETA Y LA LUNA, 1993
In the Bigas Luna film La teta y la luna (The Tit and the Moon), Estrellita, a French dancer visits the town where the main character lives – a little boy called Teté. Chus Burés designs an extraordinary tiara for Estrellita which appears to acquire magical properties in the film: it features a plethora of stars and a star on each end covering the dancer’s ears like a pair of headphones which enable Estrellita to listen to the vibrant music of the spheres, the cosmic sound of the universe which inspires her to dance.
VICENTE MOLINA FOIX, SAGITARIO, 2001
Chus Burés created a piece of jewellery which played a key role in the film Sagitario (Sagittarius) directed by author Vicente Molina Foix. He designed a charm which was worn by one of the main characters – played by acclaimed theatre director Robert Wilson. The charm is actually a ring which appears to embrace good and bad fortune or the yin and yang of life’s events via an eye featuring a silver diamond and a black diamond.