Carlos Saura in Calanda (2008)
|Born||Carlos Saura Atarés
4 January 1932
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, photographer|
|Relatives||Antonio Saura (brother)|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Selected Awards
- 5.1 BAFTA Award
- 5.2 Berlin Film Festival
- 5.3 Camerimage
- 5.4 Cannes Film Festival
- 5.5 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
- 5.6 European Film Awards
- 5.7 Goya Awards
- 5.8 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
- 5.9 Montréal World Film Festival
- 5.10 San Sebastián International Film Festival
- 5.11 Sant Jordi Awards
- 5.12 Other awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born into a family of artists (his mother was a pianist and his brother, Antonio Saura, a painter), he developed his artistic sense in childhood as a photography enthusiast.
He obtained his directing diploma in Madrid in 1957 at the Institute of Cinema Research and Studies. He also taught there until 1963.
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 52nd Academy Awards.
Saura has become known for making movies featuring traditional flamenco and other Spanish 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.
Carlos Saura was married twice. 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 marriages, Saura had at least one known son, Shane (b. 1974), by the actress Geraldine Chaplin. His relationship history led some to believe he may have fathered more children. After his second marriage, he was also the father of a daughter named Ana (b. December 1994) by Eulalia Ramón.
- 1955 : Flamenco (short film)
- 1956 : El Pequeño río Manzanares (short film)
- 1957 : La Tarde del domingo (short film)
- 1958 : Cuenca
- 1959 : Los golfos
- 1963 : Llanto por un bandido
- 1965 : La caza
- 1967 : Peppermint Frappé
- 1968 : Stress-es tres-tres
- 1969 : La madriguera
- 1970 : El jardín de las delicias
- 1972 : Ana y los lobos
- 1973 : La prima Angélica
- 1975 : Cría cuervos
- 1977 : Elisa, vida mía
- 1978 : Los ojos vendados
- 1979 : Mamá cumple cien años
- 1980 : Deprisa, Deprisa
- 1981 : Bodas de Sangre
- 1982 : Sweet Hours
- 1982 : Antonieta
- 1983 : Carmen
- 1984 : Los Zancos
- 1986 : El amor brujo
- 1988 : El Dorado
- 1989 : La Noche oscura
- 1990 : Ay Carmela
- 1992 : El Sur
- 1992 : Marathon
- 1992 : Sevillanas
- 1993 : ¡Dispara!
- 1995 : Flamenco
- 1997 : Taxi
- 1997 : Pajarico
- 1998 : Tango
- 1999 : Goya en Burdeos
- 2001 : Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón
- 2002 : Salomé
- 2004 : El séptimo día
- 2005 : Iberia
- 2007 : Fados
- 2008 : Sinfonía de Aragón (short film)
- 2009 : Io, Don Giovanni
- 2010 : Flamenco, Flamenco
- 2015 : Zonda, folclore argentino
- 2015 : 33 días
- 1983 - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film - Carmen.
- 1966 - Silver Bear for Best Director at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival for his film La caza.
- 1968 - Silver Bear for Best Director at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival for his film Peppermint Frappé.
- 1981 - Golden Bear at the 31st Berlin International Film Festival for his film Deprisa, deprisa.
- 1998 - Special Award (Film Direction with a Special Visual Sensitivity).
- 2009 - Cinematographer-Director Duo Award (shared with Vittorio Storaro).
- 1974 - Jury Prize at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival for his film La prima Angélica.
- 1976 - Grand Prix of the Jury at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for his film Cría cuervos...
- 1983 - Technical Grand Prize at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival for his film Carmen.
- 1983 - Award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival for his film Carmen.
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain
- 1970 - CEC Award; Best Director - La madriguera.
- 1977 - CEC Award; Best Director - Cría cuervos....
- 1978 - CEC Award; Best Director - Elisa, vida mía.
- 1984 - CEC Award; Best Director - Carmen.
- 2004 - Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 1991 - Goya Award for Best Director - ¡Ay, Carmela!.
- 1991 - Goya Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (shared with Rafael Azcona) - ¡Ay, Carmela!.
- 1982 - Special Prize of the Jury - Bodas de sangre.
- 2000 - Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.
- 1995 - Grand Prix Special des Amériques ("On the occasion of the centennial of cinema, for his exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art").
- 1997 - Best Director - Pajarico.
- 1999 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and Best Artistic Contribution - Goya en Burdeos.
- 2002 - Best Artistic Contribution - Salomé.
- 2004 - Best Director - El séptimo día.
- 1958 - Special Mention - Cuenca.
- 1979 - Special Prize of the Jury - Mamá cumple cien años.
Sant Jordi Awards
- 1967 - Sant Jordi; Best Film - La caza.
- 1968 - Sant Jordi; Best Film - Peppermint Frappé.
- 1972 - Sant Jordi; Best Film - El jardín de las delicias.
- 1975 - Sant Jordi; Best Film - La prima Angélica.
- 2000 - Sant Jordi; Best Film - Goya en Burdeos.
- 1977 - Prix Léon Moussinac - Best Foreign Film at the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics for his film Cría cuervos...
- 1984 - Best European Film at the 1984 Bodil Awards for his film Carmen.
- 1985 - Guild Film Award - Silver: Foreign Film at the Guild of German Art House Cinemas for his film Carmen.
- 1999 - Jules Verne Award at the Nantes Spanish Film Festival for his film Pajarico.
- 1999 - SDFCS Award - Best Foreign Language Film at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for his film Tango.
- 1999 - Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
- 2002 - Lifetime Achievement Award at the Istanbul International Film Festival.
- 2002 - Special Career Award at the Fantasporto.
- 2007 - International Award at the Barcelona Film Awards.
- 2008 - International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bombay International Film Festival.
- 2011 - Special Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Fotogramas de Plata.
- 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Film Festival of Kerala
- "Berlinale: 1966 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- "Berlinale: 1968 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- "Berlinale: 1981 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
- "Berlinale: 1989 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-03-13.
- "Camera is My Memory: Carlos Saura". DearCinema.com, 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- "Spanish director Carlos Saura to get Lifetime Achievement Award at Mumbai Fest". DearCinema.com, 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- "IFFK award for Spanish filmmaker". The Hindu, 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2014-01-26.
- Silvia Calado: Carlos Saura, director of ‘Flamenco’ Interview: “I struggle to open up new and daring pathways for flamenco”. Flamenco-World.com, May 2005. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Carlos Saura at the Internet Movie Database
- Official Webpage in Spanish
- Carlos Saura. Film. Biography and works. Spain in culture: official Website of Culture in Spain. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Paul Julian Smith: Cría cuervos...: The Past Is Not Past. DearCinema.com, 13 August 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- Linda M. Willem (2003). Carlos Saura: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers). University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 1-57806-494-5.
- Carlos Saura - El poder de la palabra (Spanish)