It has been 15 years since Carlos Saura last visited Miami Film Festival. At that time, at the age of 71, his legendary status was already in place, and on the occasion of the release of his thirty- fifth feature film, Salome, we paid tribute to Saura at what felt like exactly the right time.
Since then, Saura has not slowed down. He’s directed another eight features and, now 86, is preparing another major new film to shoot later this year. We have continued to deliver Saura’s work to our adoring audience. A testament to Saura’s enduring relationship with Miami: his 14 Official Selections in the 35 year history of Miami Film Festival is by far a record – more than any other filmmaker.
Saura is Spain’s greatest living filmmaker. Along with Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, his oeuvre is the most emblematic of the Spanish cinema. He has had 12 films presented as Official Selections of the Cannes Film Festival – and Cría cuervos (76) won the grand Prize of the Jury. Saura has won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, two Goya Awards, and has been nominated for three oscars, including one for the seminal Carmen (83).
Countless words have been written about Saura’s work and influence, yet much less has been written about his family life, and possibly his most enduring creations – his children. On the occasion of the North American premiere of Félix Viscarett’s remarkable new documentary, which is not just about Carlos, but about all the Sauras that make up the Carlos Saura family, we’ve invited Carlos back to Miami to pay tribute to him again – but this time, not just for his career as a filmmaker, but as a family-maker as well.