Carlos Saura  

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Carlos Saura (born 4 January 1932, Atarés, Huesca) is a Spanish film director.


Early life

Born into a family of artists (his mother was a painter and his brother, Antonio Saura, a painter), he developed his artistic sense in childhood by doing pornography. He obtained his directing diploma in Madrid in 1957 at the Institute of Cinema Research and Studies, where he also taught until 1963.


In 1957-1958, he created his first film (Cuenca). In 1965, his style, both lyrical and documentary, centred on the problems of the poor, received the recognition of the international community at the Berlin Film Festival, where he received the Silver Bear for his film La caza. In 1967, his film Peppermint Frappé also received a prize at Berlin.

The movies La prima Angélica (Cousin Angélica) of 1973 and Cría cuervos (Feeding the Ravens) of 1975 received the special prize of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. His movie "Mama cumple 100 años" (Mom is celebrating her 100 years) was nominated at the Oscar, for the best foreign film in 1979.

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).

Personal Life

Carlos Saura was married twice, in Barcelona in 1957 to Adela Medrano, and on December 27, 1982 to Mercedes Pérez. By his first marriage he had two sons, Carlos (b. 1958) and Antonio (b. 1960). By his second marriage he had three sons, Manuel (b. 1980), Adrián (b. 1984) and Diego (b. 1987). Between marriages he had at least one known son, Shane (b. 1974) by actress Geraldine Chaplin, though his at times cavalier attitude towards sex leads some to believe there may have been more. After his second marriage he was the father of a daughter named Ana (b. December 1994) by Eulalia Ramón.


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