Carlos Saura Biography (1932-)

Full name, Carlos Saura Atares; born January 4, 1932, in Huesca, Aragon, Spain; son of Antonio Saura Pacheco (an attorney and civil servant) and Fermina Atares Torrente; married Adele Medrano (marriage ended); married; wife's name, Mercedes; children: (first marriage) Carlos (a director and writer), Antonio; (with Geraldine Chaplin, an actress) Shane. Avocational interests: Photography. Career: Director and screenwriter. Worked as a freelance photographer, 1950-53; Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematograficas (now the Escuela Oficial de Cinematografia), Madrid, Spain, professor of direction, 1957-64; Spanish Ministry of Culture, Madrid, Spain, filmmaker. Member of the Bertrand Russell tribunal on Latin American political torture, 1970s. Awards, Honors: Special Mention, San Sebastian International Film Festival, best short film, 1958, for Cuenca; Golden Berlin BearAward nomination, 1964, for Llanto por un bandido; Silver Berlin BearAward, best director, and Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, both Berlin International Film Festival, 1966, for La caza; Silver Berlin Bear Award, best director, and Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, both Berlin International Film Festival, 1968, for Peppermint frappe; Golden Bear Awardnomination, Berlin International Film Festival, 1969, for La madriguera; Jury Prize, Cannes International Film Festival, 1974, for La prima Angelica; Grand Prize of the Jury (with others), Cannes International Film Festival, 1976, for Cria cuervos; named film figure of 1977 by jury of Spain's Luis Bunuel Cinema Prize; named director of the year, International Film Guide, 1978; Special Prize of the Jury, San Sebastian International Film Festival, and Academy Award nomination, best foreign language film,both 1979, for Mama cumple cien anos; Golden Bear Award, Berlin International Film Festival, 1981, for De prisa, de prisa; Best Artistic Contribution Award, Technical Grand Prize, and Golden Palm Award nomination, all from the Cannes International Film Festival, 1983, Academy Award nomination, best foreign language film, 1984, Bodil Award, Bodil Festival, best European film, 1984, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award (with Emiliano Piedra), best foreign language film, 1985, and Special Jury Prize, MontrealFilm Festival, 1986, all for Carmen; Special Jury Prize, Montreal Film Festival, 1986, for El amor brujo and Bodas de sangre; International Fantasy Film Award nomination, Fantasporto, best film, 1987, for El amor brujo; Golden Palm Award nomination, Cannes International Film Festival, 1988, for El Dorado; Golden Berlin Bear Award nomination, Berlin International Film Festival, 1989, for La noche oscura; Goya Awards,best director and best screenplay adapted from another source (with Rafael Azcona), both 1991, for Ay, Carmela!; Golden Seashell Award nomination,San Sebastian International Film Festival, 1996, for Taxi; Best Director Award (with Jun Ichikawa) and Grand Prix des Ameriques nomination, both from the Montreal World Film Festival, 1997, for Pajarico; Special Award, Camerimage, 1998, for "film direction with a special visual sensitivity"; San Diego Film Critics Society Award, best foreign language film, 1999, for Tango; Best Artistic Contribution Award, Ecumenical Prize, People's Choice Award runner up, and Grand Prix des Ameriques nomination, allfrom the Montreal World Film Festival, 1999, for Goya en Buredos. Addresses: Office: Motion Picture Division, Spanish Ministry of Culture, San Marcos 40, Madrid 28004, Spain.

Director, screenwriter
Birth Details
January 4, 1932
Huesca, Aragon, Spain

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