Illustration photo – Spanish director Carlos Saura at the press conference held on April 8, 2005 at the end of the Prague part of the Febiofest international film festival.
Madrid – Director Carlos Saura died today at the age of 91. With his psychological dramas, he was one of the most famous Spanish filmmakers of the 20th century, along with Luis Buñuel. The media was informed of the death by the Spanish Film Academy, which was going to present Saura with its Goya Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday.
According to the newspaper El País, Saura was “the last classic of Spanish cinema”. He has been making his films since the second half of the 1950s. But he struggled with censorship under Frank's regime. In his pictures, Saura addressed the ills of Spanish society. His style is described by the newspaper El País as “dry, direct, sometimes even abstract”.
Saura is known as the author of films inspired by different dance and music styles, such as Blood Wedding, Tango, Flamenco, Salomé, Iberia and Fado. Saura's other well-known works include the psychological dramas Peppermint Frappé and Anna and the Wolves.
Saura remained active even in his old age. Last February, he presented his feature-length documentary film Las paredes hablan (The walls speak).
Sara also visited the Czechia several times. In 2000 he was at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, twelve years later at the Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště he received the annual award of the Association of Czech Film Clubs