The world of culture has not been slow to say goodbye to the director Carlos Saura, who died this Friday, on social networks. Actors, directors and other colleagues have said their last goodbye to the filmmaker who was a reflection of the history of Spain. But the closest farewell has been that of his daughter Anna on Instagram: “Rest in Peace, thank you for so much, I love you, always.”
Antonio Banderas, who was under his command in Shoot! (1993), has written: “With Carlos Saura, a very important part of the history of Spanish cinema dies. He leaves behind him an essential work for deep reflection on the behavior of the human being”. Juan Diego Botto has defined him as “one of the best European directors of his generation”. Along the same lines has been the actor and director Daniel Guzmán: “A free and unique filmmaker who dissected our history and our society with his filmography.”
With Carlos Saura, a very important part of the history of Spanish cinema dies. He leaves behind him an essential work for deep reflection on human behavior.
—Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) February 10, 2023
One of the essential views of the history of our cinema. One of the best European directors of his generation. An immense pity and a huge loss. https://t.co/o36D6crXSH
– Juan Diego Botto (@JuanDiegoBotto) February 10, 2023
What tremendous sadness. Today one of the most important references in our country leaves us. A free and unique filmmaker who dissected our history and our society with his filmography. The teacher is leaving today. Thank you Carlos Saura for everything you gave us and taught us. pic.twitter.com/V5Vfo1DSWN
— Daniel Guzman (@danielguzman) February 10, 2023
The Film Academy, which will posthumously award him the Goya de Honor tomorrow, has published an image of the director together with the statuette, which was delivered to him a few days ago at his home, and a Twitter thread in which he praises his ability to work until his last days: “His last film, the walls speakpremiered last Friday, showing his tireless activity and his love for the job until the last moment.
From music and dance it has also received a farewell. The singer Lolita Flores has recalled the performance of her mother in the film Flemish to say goodbye to the director: “A man with a vision of the future, an artist, his films prove it, thank you for that Flamenco film where my mother danced those unrepeatable sevillanas for you, thank you Don Carlos in our minds and in our hearts always”. In this same title appeared Antonio Carmona, who has posted a video of the film in which he appears with Manzanita. And the Antonio Gades Foundation has mourned his death because “with his departure a unique page in the history of our cinema and our culture closes.”
Carlos Saura left, a pioneer and someone who gave flamenco a deep insight.
Ketama and Manzanita are part of this wonderful movie called “Flamenco” directed by him. See you always teacher. pic.twitter.com/RPC1YTJ0jO
– Antonio Carmona (@ACarmonaOficial) February 10, 2023
Some politicians have also honored Saura from their accounts. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has written: “His talent is and will always be a cultural heritage of our history thanks to unforgettable films such as Ay Carmela either Cousin Angelica. We say goodbye to the director of the imagination, but his cinema remains. The Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, recalled that he won the National Film Award in 1980. The Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, thanked him “for the beauty, the honest look and that commitment to the cinema and the truth”.
Carlos Saura leaves us, a fundamental figure of Spanish culture.
His talent is and will always be a cultural heritage of our history thanks to unforgettable films such as ‘Ay, Carmela’ or ‘La cousin Angélica’.
We say goodbye to the director of the imagination, but his cinema remains. pic.twitter.com/FAv8Of3Vhv
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) February 10, 2023
Carlos Saura, filmmaker, photographer, set designer, total artist, is gone. National Cinematography Award in 1980, his career received all imaginable awards, and above all, the love, appreciation and recognition of all of us who enjoy his films. RIP https://t.co/2w2QLELCvm
— Miquel Iceta Llorens / (@miqueliceta) February 10, 2023
He left before the applause, leaving behind him a legacy of capital films for understanding 20th-century Spanish culture and its international footprint.
Thank you Saura for the beauty, the honest look and your commitment to the cinema and the truth. https://t.co/UsAvmSojqH
— Yolanda Diaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) February 10, 2023
The official account of the Royal House has also sent a message: “Your cinema will never die. Goodbye, Carlos Saura”.
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