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Francisco Rovira Beleta

  • Francisco Rovira Beleta © EFE

    Francisco Rovira Beleta © EFE






Date of birth

Sep 25, 1912

Date of death


" Film director. Two of his films have been nominated for an Oscar in Hollywood for the Best Foreign Language Film."

Francisco de Asís Rovira Beleta was born in Barcelona, in 1912. He started working in filmmaking as an amateur. He directed his first feature film in 1948, "Doce horas de vida" and later on, a series of documentaries. His second film was "39 cartas de amor" (1949) and in 1950 he supervised the production of Luis Escobar in "La honradez de la cerradura" and directed "Luna de sangre". One of his most important films was "Los Tarantos" (1963), a version of Romeo and Juliet amongst gypsy families in a neighbourhood in Barcelona. It received several awards and mentions, including a nomination to the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film. With "El amor brujo" (1967), he was nominated again for an Oscar. He died in Barcelona in 1999.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (1994)

Essential works

  • Los Tarantos © EFE

    Los Tarantos (direction, script)

    Impossible love and family rivalries, flamenco-style. Based on the stage play by Alfredo Mañas. 

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Other highlighted works

  • The Lady of the Dawn
  • La larga agonía de los peces
  • No encontré rosas para mi madre
  • La espada negra
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