Eulalia Ramon (m. 2006)
Carlos Saura Atares
Film director, screenwriter, photographer
Los golfosLa cazaPeppermint FrappeLa madrigueraLa prima AngelicaCria cuervosElisa, vida miaDeprisa, DeprisaCarmenTango
Antonio Saura (brother)
Sesion Doble: Double Feature
Shane Chaplin Saura, Ana Saura, Antonio Saura
Fermina Torrente, Antonio Saura Pacheco
Cria Cuervos, Carmen, Flamenco, Tango, Fados
Carlos Saura - Carmen (1983) 3
Carlos Saura Atarés (born 4 January 1932) is a Spanish film director, photographer and writer. His name, with those of Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, forms a triad of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers. He has a long and prolific career that spans over half a century. A great numbers of his films have won many international awards.
- Carlos Saura Carmen 1983 3
- Carlos Saura Carmen Paco de Lucia
- Early life
- Personal life
- Academy Awards
- BAFTA Award
- Berlin Film Festival
- Cannes Film Festival
- European Film Awards
- Golden Globe Awards
- Goya Awards
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- Montral World Film Festival
- San Sebastin International Film Festival
- Venice Film Festival
- Other awards and honours
Saura began his career in 1955 making documentaries shorts. He quickly gained international prominence when his first feature-length film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1960. Although he started filming as a neorealist, Saura quickly switched to films encoded with metaphors and symbolisms in order to get around the Spanish censors. In 1966, he was thrust into the international spotlight when his film La Caza won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival. In the following years, he forged an international reputation for his cinematic treatment of emotional and spiritual responses to repressive political conditions.
By the 1970s, Saura was the best known filmmaker working in Spain. His film employed complex narrative devices and were frequently controversial. He won Special Jury Awards for La Prima Angélica (1973) and Cría Cuervos (1975) in Cannes; and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nomination in 1979 for Mama Cumple 100 Años.
In the 1980s,Saura was in the spotlight for his Flamenco trilogy – Bodas de Sangre, Carmen and El Amor Brujo. He continued to appear in worldwide competitions earning numerous awards, and received another two Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film nominations, for Carmen (1983) and Tango (1998). His films are sophisticated expression of time and space fusing reality with fantasy, past with present and memory with hallucination. In the last two decades, Saura has concentrated in works uniting music, dance and images.
Carlos Saura - Carmen - Paco de Lucia
Saura was born in Huesca, Aragón, Spain on 4 January 1932. His father, Antonio Saura Pacheco, who came from Murcia, was an attorney and civil servant. His mother, Fermina Atares Torrente, was a concert pianist. The second of their four children, Carlos had two younger sisters Pilar and Angeles and an older brother Antonio Saura, who became a well known abstract expressionist painter. From their parents, the four siblings received a liberal understanding education. Because his father was working for the ministry of interior, the Saura family moved to Barcelona, Valencia and in 1953 to Madrid. Saura’s childhood was marked by the Spanish Civil War, during which Franco and his allies rebelled against the established republican government. Saura has vivid recollection of his childhood during the war, some of them later evoked in his films – the games he played, and the songs he sang, as well as darker memories of bombing and hunger, blood and death. He was taught to read by a priest – a relative whom his parents sheltered from anticlerical extremist. At the war’s end Saura was separated from his parents and sent back to live with his maternal grandmother and aunts in Huesca. He described these relatives as “right wings and very religious” who imposed in the child the very antithesis of the kind of liberal education he had received in the republican zone.
In 1957-1958, Saura created his first film (Cuenca). In 1962 his film Los Golfos was recognized for its strong sociological impact in the betterment of the Spanish youth by tackling juvenile delinquency in Madrid's poorest districts. Four years later (1966), he was honored 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 Frappé also received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. He won the Golden Bear in 1981 at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival for his film Deprisa, Deprisa.
The films La prima Angélica (Cousin Angélica) of 1973 and Cría cuervos (Raising Ravens [from the Spanish phrase: Cria cuervos y te sacaran los ojos (Raise ravens and they will peck out your eyes)]) of 1975 received the special prize of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. His film Mama cumple 100 años (Mom is celebrating her 100 years) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1980 Academy Awards.
Saura later become known for movies featuring flamenco and other traditional dances. His Flamenco Trilogy of the 1980s includes Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), Carmen, and El amor brujo featuring the work of Spanish flamenco dancer Cristina Hoyos. He later made the movies Flamenco (1995), Tango (1998), and Fados (2007).
Saura considers his film on surrealist master Luis Buñuel to be his best cinematic work. In an interview to an online film magazine, he says about Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón (Buñuel and the table of King Solomon -2001): “That’s the greatest film I’ve ever made. I like the film but nobody else seems to like it. I’m sure Buñuel would have loved this film. But perhaps only he would have loved it. Everything you see in the film is actually based on conversations I had with him.”
In 2008, Carlos Saura was honoured with a Global Life Time Achievement Award at the 10th Mumbai International Film Festival, organized by the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.
In 2013, he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala.
Carlos Saura was married three times. He first married Adela Medrano in Barcelona in 1957. They had two sons, Carlos (b. 1958) and Antonio (b. 1960). On 27 December 1982 he married Mercedes Pérez. They had three sons, Manuel (b. 1980), Adrián (b. 1984) and Diego (b. 1987).
Between those two marriages, Saura had at least one known son, Shane (b. 1974), with the actress Geraldine Chaplin. His relationship history led some to believe he may have fathered more children. He is also the father of a daughter named Ana (b. December 1994) from his third marriage to actress Eulalia Ramón.