2020 Guests

Elvira Lindo

Friday 2 october

19.30h. Sala Filarmonica

Alba Carballal

(Lugo, 1992) is an architect and writer. Her first novel, ‘Tres maneras de inducir un coma’ (Three Ways to Induce a Coma), published by Seix Barral in 2019, is a fun satire that follows in the footsteps of the humour of Eduardo Mendoza. She collaborates as a columnist for the Vocento group, for the magazine Arquitectura Viva and on the literary website Zelda. She is also a scriptwriter for the programme ‘Late Motiv’ with Buenafuente and, alongside Darío Adanti, she co-leads the podcast “El milenarismo” (Millenarianism) on literature and comedy.

Txani Rodríguez

Friday 2 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Darío Adanti

(Argentina, on Tuesday 13th (in Spanish culture this is the day of bad luck like Friday 13th) 1971). He has published illustrations and comics in media outlets such as The New York Times, El País, La Vanguardia, Público, El Mundo, Primera Línea and Man. He has published several comics in Spain, including ‘Disparen al humorista’ (Shoot the Comedian) and ‘Monstruos modernos’ (Modern Monsters) with Jordi Costa (both published by Astiberri). He is also one of the founders of the magazine Mongolia, where he writes and draws, an activity that he combines with performances of ‘Mongolia, the musical’. A regular collaborator with the programme ‘A vivir’ on La SER radio station, alongside Alba Carballal, he co-leads the podcast “El milenarismo” (Millenarianism) on literature and comedy.

Fernando Marías

Saturday 3 october

19:00h. Sala Filarmonica

Is a writer, philologist, Hellenist and translator. Professor of Greek philology at the UCM, a specialist in classical antiquity and literature and member of the Royal Spanish Acade-my. His works notably include books such as ‘Los orígenes de la novela’ (The Origins of the Novel) ‘Primeras novelas europeas’ (The First European Novels), ‘Epicuro’ (Epicurus) and ‘Diccionario de mitos’ (The Dictionary of Myths). He has just published ‘La deriva de los hé-roes en la literatura griega’ (The Drift of Heroes in Greek Literature) (Siruela), an essay mix-ing history, literature and myth. A literary critic, he publishes book reviews in different me-dia outlets such as El País, Revista de Occidente and Claves de razón práctica (Keys for Prac-tical Reason). He was editor of the History Magazine of National Geographic (2004-2010), and now serves as an adviser to it.
Tatiana Tibuleac

Saturday 3 october

19:00h. Sala Filarmonica

Berta Vias Mahou

(Madrid, 1961) holds a degree in Ancient History, she is a writer and has translated Stefan Zweig, Arthur Schnitzler, Joseph Roth and Goethe, among others. She is the author of novels such as ‘Leo en la cama’ (Leo in Bed), ‘Venían a buscarlo a él’ (They Came for Him) (2011 Dul-ce Chacón Prize for Spanish Narrative) and ‘Yo soy El Otro’ (I Am the Other) (Torrente Bal-lester Prize for Narrative), the essay ‘La imagen de la mujer en la literatura’ (The Represen-tation of Women in Literature) and the short story collections ‘Ladera norte’ (The North Face) (Acantilado, 2001) and ‘La mirada de los Mahuad’ (The Mahuad’s Eyes) (Lumen, 2016). Her latest published work is the novel ‘Una vida prestada’ (A Borrowed Life) (Lumen, 2018).

César Coca

Saturday 3 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

César Coca

His entire professional career has been linked to the newspaper El Correo, where has worked for the Economics, Local, Society and Culture Sections. He is currently also assistant director at this newspaper. He is the author or co-author of a dozen books and won the Miguel de Unamuno Essay Prize in 2006. César Coco also teaches Journalism at the University of the Basque Country as well as the El Correo Journalism Master’s Program at the same university.

Marian Ochoa de Eribe

Saturday 3 october

20:45h. Sala Filarmonica

Martín Caparrós

(Buenos Aires, 1957) graduated in history in Paris, lived in Madrid and New York, ran book and cooking magazines, translated Voltaire, Shakespeare and Quevedo, received the Planeta Prize and the Herralde Novel Prize, the King of Spain International Journalism Prize, a Gug-genheim Fellowship, he planted a lemon tree, he has a child and has published several books, notably including ‘Los Living’ (Living) winner of the 2011 Herralde Novel Prize and the essay ‘El Hambre’ (Hunger), both published by Anagrama. ‘Sinfín’ (Endless) (Literatura Random House, 2020) and ‘Ahorita’ (Now) (Anagrama, 2019) are his most recent publications.

Sabina Urraca

Saturday 3 october

20:45. Sala Filarmonica

Aixa de la Cruz

(Bilbao, 1988) holds a doctorate in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature and is a writ-er. She has published novels such as ‘Cuando fuimos los mejores’ (When We Were the Best) (Almuzara, 2007) and ‘La línea del frente’ (The Front Line) (Salto de Página, 2017) and the short story collection ‘Modelos animales’ (Animal Models) (Salto de Página, 2015). She has also collaborated on different anthologies such as ‘Última temporada’ (Last Season) (Lengua de Trapo, 2013) and ‘Bajo treinta’ (Under Thirty) (Salto de página, 2013). Her latest book is ‘Cambiar de idea’ (Changing One´s Mind) (Caballo de Troya, 2019).

Elisa Victoria

Sunday 4 october

18:00h. Sala Filarmonica

Imanol Ituiño

(Bilbao, 1989) is, according to himself, someone who “does magic excessively at different events and in different places, such as dinners, weddings, theatres, venues, parties, cocktail evenings, openings and funerals; although the last niche on the market is something that remains to be explored (a niche, quite literally).

Marta Sanz

Sunday 4 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Marta Sanz

(Madrid, 1967) is one of the most outstanding novelists of her generation. Her novels, mainly published by the publishing house Anagrama notably include ‘Un buen detective no se casa jamás’ (A Good Detective Never Marries), ’La lección de anatomía’ (The Anatomy Lesson) and ‘Farándula’ (Show Business), the satire that earned her the Herralde Novel Prize. She is also the author of several poetry collections and regularly collaborates with the cultural sections of El País and in El Mundo´s supplement El Cultural. Her latest novel is ‘pequeñas mujeres rojas’ (small red women), the last instalment of the trilogy of the unusual detective Arturo Zarco.

Íñigo Domínguez

Sunday 4 octobrt

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Carolina Ontivero

Holder of a degree in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations from the University of the Basque Country. She has been part of the organisation of Ja! Bilbao since its first edition in 2010, when the festival was still called La Risa de Bilbao. She is mainly in charge of programming and communication and is assistant manager. She values humour above all else. However, her bedside table is full of books about wars and concentration camps.

Maruja Torres

Thuesday 4 october

17:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Rubén Amón

(Madrid, 1969) has worked in almost every genre as a journalist (from bullfighting, culture and sports criticism to press columns), he has been a correspondent in Rome and Paris, he has covered armed conflicts in the Balkans and has worked for both the radio (Onda Cero) and television (Antena 3) and for the press (currently at El Confidencial). As a result of this versatility and his “capacity to entertain, with irony and humour, without sacrificing rigour” he was awarded the Francisco Cerecedo Journalism Prize in 2018. He is also the author of several essays, notably including the biography of Plácido Domingo, ‘Un coloso en el teatro del mundo’ (A Colossus on the World Stage) (Planeta, 2012).

Guillermo Altares

Thuesday 8 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Guillermo Altares

He works for the newspaper El País, where he has held several management positions such as editor in chief of the International section, elpais.com and head of the supplements Babelia and Ideas. He has been a special envoy in more than 20 countries, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. Before El País, he worked at the branch of the France Presse Agency in Madrid and at the now defunct newspaper El Sol. He is the author of ‘Una lección olvidada: Viajes por la historia de Europa’ (A Forgotten Lesson: Journeys through European History) (Tusquets, 2018). He collaborates on the programme ‘La Cultureta’ on Onda Cero.

Mercedes Cebrián

Thuesday 8 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Sergio del Molino

(1979) is the author of the crucial narrative essay ‘La España vacía’ (Empty Spain) (2016), which managed to bring the problem of depopulation to the forefront of current affairs. Previously, he had won the Ojo Crítico and Tigre Juan prizes with ‘La hora violeta’ (The Violet Hour) (2013) and he subsequently won the Espasa Prize for ‘Lugares fuera de sitio’ (Outside Places) (2018). He is also the author of novels such as ‘Lo que a nadie le importa’ (What Nobody Cares About) (2014) and ‘La mirada de los peces’(The Look of Fish) (2017). He is a columnist for El País and collaborates on Onda Cero as a member of La Cultureta, among other programmes. His latest book is ‘La piel’ (Skin) published in 2020 by Alfaguara.

Carmen Iglesias

Thuesday 8 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Isabel Vázquez

Is a scriptwriter, presenter and film and series critic. She has written for FOX, National Geo-graphic, Disney Channel, TVE and Telecinco. In 2015 she published the book ‘Me llamo Peg-gy Olson’ (My Name is Peggy Olson), in which she analyses the role of the Mad Men charac-ter. She publishes a monthly column in the printed edition of Fotograma and teaches Scriptwriting and Television Studies classes at Carlos III University of Madrid. She is a regu-lar collaborator in several media outlets, on Canal+ she has co-presented the show “Tentac-iones” (Temptations), as well as the ceremonies for the Golden Globes, the Oscars, the Em-mys and the Feroz Awards. She collaborates on the Onda Cero programme La Cultureta.

Andrei Kurkov

Thuesday 8 october

19.30h. Sala Filarmonica

Friday 9 october

19.00h. Sala Filarmonica

Rosa Belmonte

Born in Murcia and a Law graduate, Rosa Belmonte was a lawyer before she became a newspaper writer. She combined the defence of rapists with writing until she chose to watch things and talk about them. With humour. Watching television and talking about it (more of a chronicle than criticism), watching politicians and talking about them, watching life and talking about it. Always linked to the Vocento group, she writes columns without frills, “with the sole aim of turning a joke into a tiny revolution, as Orwell would say”.  She collaborates on Onda Cero where, in addition to analysing the gossip magazines with Josemi Rodríguez Sieiro, she is part of La Cultureta.

Fernando Trías de Bes

Friday 9 october

19:00h. Sala Filarmonica

María Elvira Roca Barea

Holds a degree in Classical Philology and Hispanic Philology, and a doctorate in Medieval Literature. She has collaborated with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and she writes articles in specialised journals and newspapers such as El Mundo, El País and ABC. She has taught classes at American universities and currently teaches literature at a secondary school in Malaga. She is the author of ‘Imperiofobia y leyenda negra’ (Imperiophobia and Black Legend) (Siruela, 2016), one of the most successful history essays of recent times, ´6 relatos ejemplares 6´ (6 Exemplary Stories 6) and ‘Fracasología: España y sus élites: de los afrancesados a nuestros días’ (Fracasology. Spain and its Elites: from the French Influence to Today), winner of the 2019 Espasa Prize.

Luz Sánchez-Mellado

Friday 9 october

20:45h. Sala Filarmonica

Raúl Cimas

Was born in Albacete in 1976. Since then he has worked to make us laugh. His curriculum is the perfect itinerary for a tour of the best comedy: ‘La hora chanante’ (The Amazing Hour), ‘Muchachada Nui’, ‘Buenafuente’, ‘Museo Coconut’ (Coconut Museum) and ‘Óxido Nitroso’ (Nitrous Oxide) are just some of the stops. He is also the author of several comic books pub-lished by Blackie Books: ‘Demasiada pasión por lo suyo’ (Too Much Passion for His Thing), ‘Orgullo Brutal’ (Brutal Pride) and the last, ´Prodigios’ (Wonders), an illustrated almanac of creatures that are fantastic and others that are regrettable.

Edu Galán

Friday 9 october

20:45h. Sala Filarmonica

Edu Galán

(Oviedo, 1980) is, alongside Darío Adanti, one of the creators of the satirical magazine Mongolia. He also writes film reviews in the newspaper La Nueva España and in the magazine Cinemanía and he is a collaborator on Andreu Buenafuente´s programme ‘Late Motiv’. Co-director of the ‘Make them Laugh’ University Extension course at the University of Oviedo, which studies humour and its circumstances, he is the author of the short essay ‘Morir de pie. Stand-up (y Norteamérica)’ (Dying on your feet. Stand-up (and America). (Ed. Rema y vive, 2014) and he participated in the collective book ‘Todavía voy por la primera temporada’ (I´m Still on the First Season) (Léeme libros, 2014), has just published the essay ‘Síndrome Woody Allen’ (Woody Allen Syndrome) with Debate.

(Photo: Dani de Pablos para Ja)

Juan Bas

Saturday 10 october

20:45h. Sala Filarmonica

Pantomima Full

is the comedy duo formed by Alberto Casado and Rober Bodegas, two comics who met when working as scriptwriters on the La Sexta programme ‘Sé lo que hicisteis’ (I Know What You Did). Their sketches are a parody of the average city dweller aged between 20 and 40, they enjoy great success on social networks and on their tours around Spanish theatres. Alberto Casado is a comic, scriptwriter and presenter on programmes such as ´Sé lo que hicisteis’ (I Know What You Did), ‘¿Qué está pasando?’ (What is Happening) and ‘Ese programa del que usted me habla’ (That Programme You Tell Me About). Rober Bodegas was going to be an interior designer until he won the programme ‘El Rey de la Comedia’ (The King of Comedy) on channel 1. He is currently one of the headlining comics on Comedy Central and has taken part in comedy programmes such as ‘Ilustres Ignorantes’ (Ignorant Illustrious People) (Canal+), ‘Sé lo que hicisteis’ (I Know What You Did) (La Sexta) and ‘Hazte un Selfi’ (Take a Selfie) (Cuatro).

Azul Tejerina

Sunday 10 october

19:30h. Sala Filarmonica

Borja Crespo

(Bilbao, 1972) is a film director and producer, writer, illustrator, illustrator and comic book artist, cultural manager and artistic adviser. He currently collaborates with El Correo and other Vocento Group publications, and has produced columns, sections and reports for the newspaper El Mundo and other publications such as Primera Línea, Fotogramas and Rockdelux. He has also led and carried out work as an adviser and coordinator of events about cinema and comics. He directs and presents the radio programme La hora Canibal (The Cannibal Hour) on biFM.

Manuel Vilas

Sunday 11 october

19:00h. Sala Filarmonica

Inés París

(Madrid 1962) is a director and scriptwriter for film and television. Among other films, she has directed and written ‘A mi madre le gustan las mujeres’ (My Mother Likes Women) (2002), ‘Semen, una historia de amor’ (Semen, a Love Sample), (2005), both alongside Dan-iela Fejerman, and ‘La noche que mi madre mató a mi padre’ (The Night My Mother Killed My Father) (2016). She has also been president of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media) and the SGAE Foundation. She has taught courses at Spanish and foreign universities and is currently a lecturer at the ECAM (Madrid Cinematography and Audiovisual School) and a teacher on the Masters in scriptwriting at Carlos III University of Madrid.

Iñigo Astiz

Sunday 11 october

19:00h. Sala Filarmonica

Juan Bas

(Bilbao, 1959). He worked as a scriptwriter on comics (El Víbora, Cimoc…) and television series (Farmacia de guardia, Turno de oficio…). Among other works, he has published the volumes of stories ‘Páginas ocultas de la historia’, written with Fernando Marías, and ´La taberna de los 3 monos´. The novels ‘El oro de los carlistas’, ‘Alacranes en su tinta’, ‘La cuenta atrás’, ‘Voracidad’, Basque Prize for Literature, ‘Ostras para Dimitri’, ‘Pájaros quemados’ and ‘El refugio de los canallas’. The unclassifiable works ‘Tratado sobre la resaca’ and ‘La resaca del amor’, and the compilation of articles ‘El número de tontos’. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Norwegian and Basque. He is an opinion columnist for El Correo. In 2010 he came up with the idea of the Ja! Bilbao Festival, and he directs it.

Juan Bas

Collages of Asier Sanz

Metro Bilbao 15 sep. – 15 oct.

Asier Sanz

(Bilbao, 1969) is an illustrator, cartoonist and collage artist. He began publishing in the news-paper Bilbao in 1987, before continuing his career at Deia, ETB, TVE and Mundo Deportivo. Since 1999, he has also been part of the duo of cartoonists Asier and Javier. This relationship has led to daily comic strips in Diario 16 and Diario Metro, and he also collaborates on El Jueves, Deia, Onda Vasca, Orgullo y Satisfacción (Pride and Satisfaction), the newspaper Bil-bao and 20minutos. He has devised and produced advertising campaigns and illustrated several books. His work has been awarded several international prizes.

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