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Carlos Saura

Date of Birth: 4 January 1932Huesca, Aragón, Spain

Birth Name: Carlos Saura Atarés

Short Biography: Spanish director, writer, producer (2 films) and actor (2 films). His interest on cinema started when he was very young. His mother, who was a pianist, instilled in him the liking for music, and his brother, Antonio, who was a painter, the passion for art. When he was an teenager he started to practice photography, and in 1950 he made his first illustrated feature films with a 16 mm camera. Carlos Saura is an excellent photographer, an activity that he shares in a sporadic way with the making of films.

He then moved to Madrid to continue his Industrial Engineering career, but his vocation for photography, cinema and journalism made him leave his studies and matriculate at the Instituto de Investigaciones y Estudios Cinematográficos (Cinematographic Study and Research Institute). Sporadically, he combined his cinematographic studies with the courses at the Escuela de Periodismo (Journalism School). In 1957 he finished studying and got the director diploma. At the same time, he finished his end-of-career short film La tarde del domingo (1957). He continued as a professor until 1963. In that year he was removed from the school for strictly political reasons (Franco's censorship).

In 1959 he filmed _Golfos, Los (1962)_. In this film he tried to create a sort of Spanish Neo-Realism by tackling the juvenile delinquency in the Madrid's poor quarters from a sociological point of view. In his first stage as director he tried to take a position in favour of outcast people, and he got to make a both lyric and documentary-style cinema.

Saura is a well accepted director both nationally and internationally, and in proof of it he won many awards among which there are the following ones: Silver Bear in the Berlin Festival for The Hunt (1966), in 1965, and for Peppermint Frappé (1967), in 1967. Special Jury Awards in Cannes for Cousin Angelica (1974), in 1973, and for Cria Cuervos (1976), in 1975. Also, the film Mama Turns 100 (1979) got an Oscar nomination in 1979 as the best foreign film, and it also won the Special Jury Award at the San Sebastian Festival. In 1990, he won two Goya awards as best adapted screenplay writer and best director.

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El 7º día (2004)

# 16132 IMDb

El 7º día (2004)

(The 7th Day)

TaglineThirty years of hatred. One bloody Sunday.

Director: Carlos Saura

Crime, Drama, Horror (1h 36min)

Spain Spain

Rated 6.8 after 1,037 votes on 16-Aug-19.

3 wins & 14 nominations

In an isolated village in Extremadura (Spain), the Jiménez and Fuentes families have a violent history of land disputes, jealousy, envy, and violence.

Goya en Burdeos (1999)

# 10884 IMDb

Goya en Burdeos (1999)

(Goya in Bordeaux)

Director: Carlos Saura

Biography, Drama, War (1h 40min)

Spain Spain, Italy Italy

Rated 6.9 after 1,794 votes, 61% postive reviews on 11-Oct-18.

12 wins & 10 nominations

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his much younger wife Leocadia and their daughter Rosario. He continues to paint at night, and in flashbacks stirred by conversations with his daughter, by awful headaches, and by the befuddlement of age, he relives (...)

Tango, no me dejes nunca (1998)

# 04545 IMDb

Tango, no me dejes nunca (1998)

(Tango)

TaglineTango: you never leave me

Director: Carlos Saura

Drama, Musical (1h 55min)

Spain Spain, Argentina Argentina

Rated 7.2 after 2,629 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations

Set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to make the ultimate tango film. Lonely after his wife (one of the film's stars) has left him, Mario must find the themes that will hold the film together, while simultaneously permitting his musicians and dancers the freedom of expression that is necessary to satisfy the tango-hungry Argentine audience. (...)

Carmen (1983)

# 14250 IMDb R 

Carmen (1983)

TaglineThey're dancing a fine line between fantasy and reality.

Director: Carlos Saura

Drama, Music, Romance (1h 42min)

Spain Spain

Rated 7.7 after 2,602 votes on 18-Oct-18.

Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 7 nominations

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then turns similar to the play.

Cría cuervos (1976)

# 04268 IMDb

Cría cuervos (1976)

(Cria Cuervos)

Director: Carlos Saura

Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller (1h 47min)

Spain Spain

Rated 8.1 after 7,843 votes on 20-Feb-19.

7 wins & 4 nominations

An allegoric drama about an eight year old girl dealing with loss.

Ana y los lobos (1973)

# 14480 IMDb

Ana y los lobos (1973)

(Anna and the Wolves)

Director: Carlos Saura

Drama (1h 40min)

Spain Spain

Rated 7.5 after 920 votes on 17-Oct-18.

2 wins & 1 nomination

The young but travelled Ana arrives in a manor in the countryside of Spain to work as nanny of three girls and finds a dysfunctional family: the matriarch is a sick old woman obsessed by death and having constant nervous breakdowns; her son José was raised dressing in girl's clothes until his First Communion and is obsessed by military clothes and paraphernalia; Juan, the father of the three (...)

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