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September 27, 2022

Carlos Saura – special guest in flamenco festival

Spanish director Carlos Saura had a notable presence in Bucharest over the weekend, as special guest of the Flamenco Classic Festival, a one month event that concluded on March 7. The director introduced his latest movie venture, “Io, Don Giovanni” to the Romanian public in a screening held at Elvira Popescu Cinema. In 1957-1958, Saura created his first film (Cuenca). In 1966, he was honoured at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival, where he received the Silver Bear for Best Director for his film “La Caza.” In 1967, his film Peppermint Frappe also received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. Saura has become known for making movies centred around traditional Latino dance. His Flamenco Trilogy of the 1980s includes Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), Carmen, and El amor brujo. He later made the movies Flamenco (1995), Tango (1998), and Fados (2007). In 1990, he received the Goya Award for the best director and best script for ¡Ay, Carmela!. He was chosen as director for the official film of the 1992 Olympic Games of Barcelona, Marathon (1993). In a short interview with Adevarul daily, the director admitted he wasn’t much aware of Romanian cinema. “I don’t go to cinema anymore, I have a video-projector at home, and I would like to see DVDs with Romanian contemporary movies, but they are not available in Spain.” Asked if a film made in Romania would be tempting, Saura said he appreciated the fact that both our country and Spain have similar cultural background, but “I don’t know any Romanian. I have had a good friend once who had fled from communist Romania, and he introduced me to Maria Tanase’s music- such a wonderful singer! So, for me Romania is similar to the sounds of her voice, I am not one of those who would remember a country by its vampire reputation!” As one of the key representatives of European cinema, Saura said his hope was that Hollywood invasion would not affect it in the future. “I don’t believe in a vision unity when it comes to European film, these movies are either Swedish, German, Romanian and so on, they actually come from different cultural backgrounds.”

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