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Mario Camus

  • Mario Camus © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO

    Mario Camus © Carlos Miralles / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Apr 20, 1935

Date of death

Sep 18, 2021

"Screenwriter and film director. Winner of the Honorary Goya Award in 2011 for his career, noteworthy for his adaptations of literary works, such as “La colmena” and “Los santos inocentes”."

Born in Santander in 1935. In 1956, encouraged by Basilio Martín Patino, he studies at the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas where he earns a diploma as Director. Director of “Young Sánchez” about a boxer’s life, he is well-received by critics. After a period of commercial films featuring stars of the period, like Raphael or Sara Montiel, during the 80s he directs “La colmena” and “Los santos inocentes” based upon books of the same name written by Cela and Delibes. He is honoured with many awards for these films, both in Spain and abroad. Also a collaborator with television, he makes several adaptations from literary works, “Fortunata y Jacinta” or “La forja de un rebelde”. In 1985 he receives the National Cinematography Award and in 2011 the Honorary Goya. He died in Santander in 2021.


Golden Bear at the Berlin International Festival (1983)
National Film Award (1985)
Honorary Goya Award (2011)

Essential works

  • The Holy Innocents © EFE

    The Holy Innocents (direction, script)

    Brilliant film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Miguel Delibes. Its male stars won an award at Cannes. 

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Other highlighted works

  • La colmena
  • La playa de los galgos
  • El prado de las estrellas
  • La ciudad de los prodigios
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