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Víctor Erice

  • Víctor Erice © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO

    Víctor Erice © Domènec Umbert / EL MUNDO

  

Speciality

Film

 

 

Date of birth

Jun 30, 1940
  


"Director, screenwriter and film critic. His meagre productivity contrasts with the very high quality of his films."

He was born in Carranza (Vizcaya) in 1940. At the age of 17 he moved to Madrid where in 1963 he graduated in direction. He is the author of several short films and works as a critic for the magazines "Nuestro Cine" and "Cuadernos de Arte y Pensamiento". He also contributes to the screenplays of Antxon Eceiza, Miguel Picazo and Rafael Azcona. After working in television advertising for several years, he made "El espíritu de la colmena" (The Spirit of the Beehive) (1973) and "El Sur" (The South) (1982), the latter an adaptation of the novel by Adelaida García Morales. With "El sol del membrillo" (The Quince Tree Sun) (1991), a reflection on creative activity through the paintbrush of Antonio López, he won several awards. His short film “Alumbramiento” (Lifeline) (2002) is part of the collective film “Ten minutes older”. In “Paris-Madrid, allers-retours” (2010) by Alain Bergala, he plays the main character.

Awards

Concha de Oro Award in San Sebastián
Silver Hugo in Chicago
National Film Award (1993)
Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1996)
 

Essential works

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    The Spirit of the Beehive (direction, script)

    Employing the Frankenstein myth, this film is a poetic depiction of childhood, dreams and fear. 

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  • El sol del membrillo. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    El sol del membrillo (direction, script)

    Documentary film which follows the process of creating of a work of art. The result could be seen as a metaphor on the passage of time and the difficulty of capturing an instant for ever.

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  • The South. Photo courtesy of the Spanish Film Archive

    The South (direction, script)

    This is a Spanish film classic. Nevertheless, it is an unfinished work, as shooting of the film has to end some weeks before planned because of lack of money. 
     

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Other highlighted works

  • Alumbramiento (Lifeline)
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