Madrid (EFE) drums from Calanda, who appeared in his film “Pippermint Frappé”.
After 12:00 noon, on the stage that houses the funeral chapel, and where the filmmaker’s widow and children are already present, the drums of Calanda, a municipality in Teruel in Bajo Aragón, where Luis Buñuel was born and which Saura used when he filmed in this town some scenes of his film “Pippermint Frappé”, with Geraldine Chaplin.
Ten drummers have attended the opening of the wake, which relatives of Carlos Saura had already arrived before, where numerous media and a security device have gathered and which is expected to be attended by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez.
In addition to Saura’s photography, in the scenery set up in the funeral chapel you can see a montage with images from his films, a director’s chair with a red flower, a hat he used and glasses, as well as a camera he made the same.
A series of artistic works have also been brought together that the filmmaker named “Photosaurus”, made with a drawing and painting technique on photographic enlargements, with which he made several exhibitions.
During this day, numerous family members, friends and colleagues will pay a final tribute to one of the greatest Spanish filmmakers in history.
The director of titles as emblematic of Spanish cinema as “Cría cuervos”, “La caza” or “Flamenco” died on the eve of receiving the Goya of Honor from the Film Academy at the ceremony that took place last Saturday at the Andalucía Auditorium of Sevilla.
The award was collected on his behalf by his widow, the actress Eulalia Ramón, and two of their seven children, Antonio and Anna, at the opening of a gala that turned emotionally towards the Aragonese director and in which the current generation of filmmakers claimed his influence and his legacy.
The Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise
A photographer, draftsman and writer, as well as a filmmaker, versatile, restless and hyperactive until the last moments of his life, Saura released the documentary “Las paredes hablan” in theaters a week ago, in which he proposes a journey from rock art to the contemporary graffiti and traces the origin of the artistic drive.
In addition, next Wednesday the show “Lorca por Saura” will premiere at the Teatro Infanta Isabel in Madrid, his latest creation, in which the singer India Martínez makes her debut as an actress and gets into the skin of the poet.
It is a theatrical show that encompasses all the artistic disciplines that Saura has cultivated: music, photography, painting, dance and cinema.
«The gulfs», «The hunt», «Peppermint Frappé», «Ana and the wolves», «Cousin Angélica», «Mom turns one hundred years old», «Hurry, hurry», «Carmen», «Elisa my life» or “Goya in Bordeaux”, are some of the more than 50 films that are part of his legacy.
During his career he won international awards such as the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for “La caza” and “Peppermint Frappé” or the Special Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “La prima Angélica”. .
He also won the Goya for best director and best adapted screenplay for “¡Ay, Carmela!” and the Gold Medal of the Film Academy in 1992.
The Council of Ministers will award him the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise tomorrow Tuesday for “his indisputable contribution to Spanish culture and art” and for being “one of the great essential artists in the history of Spain.”