Vicente Aranda Route

Vicente Aranda was a great lover of the cathedral of Burgos and the atmosphere of the historic center. His love for the city is reflected in three of his most successful films.

 

Amantes, Juana La Loca and Luna Caliente make up an authentic triptych about love and human emotions.

Vicente Aranda, one of the most important directors of Spanish cinema, was a great lover of the cathedral of Burgos and the city and this is reflected in three of his most important films: Amantes, Juana La Loca and Luna Caliente. In all of them he portrays the cathedral of Santa María and its surroundings as only a filmmaker of his stature can manage to capture.

Aranda lived by and for cinema, becoming director and screenwriter of an extensive filmography that spans from the second half of the twentieth century to the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Amantes

In 1990, the director arrived in Burgos to shoot a story of love and crime based on a murder committed in 1948 in the city of Burgos and known as the crime of the canal. The tandem of actors, Jorge Sanz, Maribel Verdú and Victoria Abril, the dark love story and the wonderful locations made it one of the director’s most successful films.

Aranda shoots several sequences in the surroundings of the Cathedral, Fernán González street, in front of San Nicolás Church and in Sombrerería street, which is where Paco and Trini (the lovers) stay when they arrive in Burgos (at No. 2 between Santos Soria haberdashery and Teodoro’s hat shop).

The crime scene takes place in the Plaza de Santa María and, thanks to the unexpected snowfall that day and the planning of the editing carried out by the technical team, it can be said to be one of the best and most beautiful sequences filmed by Vicente Aranda.

 

Juana La Loca

Ten years after shooting Amantes, Vicente Aranda returns to Burgos with the intention of shooting part of his new film in the real locations where the historical events between Fernando El Hermoso and Juana La Loca took place. The first problem is the refusal of the Cabildo to shoot inside the Cathedral of Santa María, so they have to move the shooting to the interior of the Cathedral of León.

Aranda’s plans also included filming at the Casa del Cordón, the residence of the Constables of Castile and the place where Philip the Handsome died in 1506, but the remodeling carried out by Caja de Burgos in the 1980s made it impossible for the director to recreate a 16th century palace.

After Vicente Aranda’s disappointment at these two setbacks, shooting in Burgos was limited to a sequence in Fernán González Street and in the Plaza de Santa María.

 

Luna Caliente

In 2009, Aranda again chose Burgos to shoot a film of obsessive love against the backdrop of the Burgos Trial, the court martial that Franco’s dictatorship carried out against 16 militants of the terrorist group ETA. The trial took place in the courtroom of the Military Government in September 1970.

Although the city of Burgos was recreated in Toledo and Madrid, the Catalan director could not resist the temptation to shoot in the streets of the old part of the city. The Plaza de Santa María, the steps and the front of the Church of San Nicolás, the Arch of Santa María and the façade of the Mesón Los Infantes were some of the locations chosen for what was to be Vicente Aranda’s last film.