Sahagún is a town in the province of León, Spain. It is the main town of the Leonese section of the Tierra de Campos district. Sahagún contains some of the earliest examples of the mudéjar style of architecture, it lies on the Way of St. James; the first settlement on the site grew up around the nearby Benedictine monastery consecrated to the saints Facundus and Primitivus. The name Sahagún is thought to derive from an variation on the name San Fagun. Arenillas de Valderaduey, Celada de Cea, Galleguillos de Campos, Riosequillo, Sahagún, San Martín de la Cueza, San Pedro de las Dueñas, Sotillo de Cea, Villalebrín and Villalmán; the monastery acquired importance during the reign of Alfonso III de Asturias, reached its greatest splendor during the reign of Alfonso VI of Castile. On November 25, 1085, this latter king promulgated the edicts known as the Fuero de Sahagún, which gave a number of privileges to the Monastery and town, fomenting its growth; the king favoured the Cluniac order and the monastery was known as the "Spanish Cluny".
Friction erupted into disputes between the townsfolk and the monastery in the mid-12th century, as recorded in the Crónicas anónimas de Sahagún. The monastery was important on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, in the 14th century housed a University. In the 19th century, the monastery was disbanded and the structure nearly razed. Bernardino de Sahagún St. John of Sahagún Tierra de Campos IX Centenary of Leon-Castilla's King Alfonso VI Sahagun's History webpage Sahagun's townhall webpage
Alfredo Landa Areta MML was a Spanish actor. He was born in Spain, he finished his pre-university studies in San Sebastián. He began university studies on Law, where he began to work with university school groups, he left university to work in the theater. After working as a dubbing actor for a short time in the 1950s, he debuted with his first considerable role in film in José María Forqué's Atraco a las tres in 1962; when Francisco Franco died in 1975, censorship began to disappear. This led to a growth of erotic comedies on Spanish cinema. Landa became the "sexually repressed" role of that trend under directors Mariano Ozores and Pedro Lazaga, he created his own trend, that some people called landismo. Afterwards, Landa changed his image, like his bandit in El Bosque animado. Landa, along with Francisco Rabal, won Best Actor award at 1984 Cannes Film Festival for his memorable performance in Los santos inocentes, he is now recognized as a great dramatic actor. After a career with more than one hundred and twenty movies, one dozen of television series, several stage successes, with a great amount of Spanish and European awards, 74-year-old Landa announced his retirement at the X Festival de Cine de Málaga while receiving a new award.
In 2008 he received the Prince of Viana Prize from the Government of Navarre for promoting his homeland, but he has received many film prizes throughout his career: Cannes Film Festival Goya Awards Fotogramas de Plata Spanish Actor's Guild TP de Oro Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos Gold Medal of Merit in Labour. Alfredo Landa on IMDb
Voyage to Nowhere
Voyage to Nowhere is a 1986 Spanish drama film written and directed by Fernando Fernán Gómez. It is based on his own novel with the same title; the film won the First Goya Award given as Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film tells the story of a group of comedians, it is a story about their desires and frustrations. Throughout the journey, their work is interspersed with love, family financial problems, the hunger to triumph a dream; the central character, Carlos Galván, is the son of the first actor and director of the company, don Arturo, he's the father of Carlito, a kid who does not want to be a comic. Carlos Galván takes refuge in a fantasy world. José Sacristán as Carlos Galván Laura del Sol as Juanita Plaza Juan Diego as Sergio Maldonado María Luisa Ponte as Julia Iniesta Gabino Diego as Carlos Piñeiro Nuria Gallardo as Rosita del Valle Fernando Fernán Gómez as Don Arturo Queta Claver as Doña Leonor Emma Cohen as Sor Martirio Agustín González as Zacarías Carpintero Carlos Lemos as Daniel Otero Miguel Rellán as Dr. Arencibia Simón Andreu as Solís José María Caffarel Carmelo Gómez Tina Sáinz Nacho Martínez El viaje a ninguna parte on IMDb
Montxo Armendariz is an award-winning Spanish film director and screenwriter. His film Las cartas, his next film, Historias del Kronen, was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Secretos del corazón won several Goya Award, Berlin Film Festival and received the Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. Born on 27 January 1949 in Olleta, Navarra, he was the last hope for his parents, who had lost three baby sons. His father was a farmhand and blacksmith and Armendáriz spent his first year in rural Basque Country, a landscape that would reappear in his filmography, he was six years old when, in 1955, he moved with his parents to Pamplona in search of a better life. At age eighteen, he discovered existentialism in the works of foreign authors. After completing his mandatory military service, he studied electronics, a subject he taught as university professor at the Instituto politecnico de Pamplona. Interested in filmmaking, he joined a film club, studied folklore and performed protest songs and bought a Super 8 camera to make his own short films.
In 1975 he was arrested for protesting the killing of a Basque activist and faced trial on charges of conspiracy. Armendáriz left his teaching profession behind to follow a career as film director, he joined Euskal Zinegille Elkartea, a new association of Basque filmmakers and made a series of documentary shorts on Basque topics including: Barregwrien Dantza and Ikusmena. Ikusmena presents a ten-year-old girl winning a prize in a school painting competition in a narrative disruptive by flashbacks that reveal how her artistic creativity had been stifled by censorship and social pressures. Ikusmena was a success at festivals, but it suffered the inevitability limited distribution of short films. Armendáriz turned towards the more relevant documentary genre and made the eleventh episode in the Ikuska series: La ribera de Navarra; this he followed with Nafarrako Ikazkinack in a portrait of the hard life of charcoal burners. It was while making this project that the director met Tasio Ochoa, who inspired his first feature-length film.
Tasio, Armendáriz's debut as full-length feature film director, traces the generational history of the title character, a charcoal burner in the Urbasa mountains, whose threaten way of life is detail in a series of elliptical sequences in a visual style that approximates ethnographic cinema. Produced by Elias Querejeta, who worked on the screenplay, Tasio is played by three actors at different ages. Tasio's realism demanded a three months shoot that involved the actors living and working in primitive conditions. Tasio placed Armendáriz as an emerging talented director to be considered. Two year he made his second film 27 horas which center in a group of youngsters in San Sebastián involved with by drug addiction and delinquency, it was part of a popular trend of Spanish films focused in youth problems that it was falling out of favor by the time this film was released. 27 hours won the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. In 1990, Armendáriz returned to the ethnographic style of his first film with: Las Cartas de Alao, a narrative that follows a Senegalese black young man who arrives in Spain as an illegal immigrant and has to confront personal and institutional discrimination.
Well received by film critics, Las Cartas de Alou won the Golden Shell as best film at the San Sebastian film festival and Armendáriz received a Goya Award and the Spanish guild award of film writers in the original screenplay category. Armendáriz reached wide popular success with his third film Historias del Kronen Stories from the Kronen, about alienated upper class young friends in Madrid, who meet at the bar that gives the film its title, it was adapted from a novel by José Angel Mañas in an Elias Querejeta's production. The film, starring Juan Diego Botto and Jordi Mollà, follows two close friends filling their summer vacation with sex and rock; the film became emblematic of the Spanish young generation of the 1990s. Armendáriz subsequent film became his best regarded artistic success Secretos del Corazon. An intimist drama that centers on Javi, a nine-year-old boy who while visiting relatives in rural Navarre during the early 1960s discovers the world of the adults; the film reflected the director's own nostalgic views of his childhood in the Navarrese countryside, portraying with sensibility the growing up of the child.
Secretos del Corazon received a number of awards and was Spain's candidate to the Academy Awards in the foreign language film category that year. In 1999 Armendáriz founded his own production company Oria films with Pui Oria. Two years he directed his next film Silencio Roto, a story about Maquis, the guerilla fighters that confronted the Francoist forces in the aftermath of the Spanish civil war; the director's subsequent project was a return to his origins as a documentarist, making Escenario Movil which follows the itinerant life of a musician through different musical venues. A year Armendáriz directed Obaba, a fragmented tale based on the compilation of short stories book Obabakoak written by Bernardo Atxaga. Armendáriz most recent film No tengas miedo stars Michelle Jenner as Silvia a young woman confronting her past as an abused child. At Gijón International Film Festiv
José Luis Garci
José Luis García Muñoz known professionally as José Luis Garci is a Spanish director, critic, TV presenter and author. He earned worldwide acclaim and his country's first Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award for Begin the Beguine. Four of his films, including Sesión continua, Asignatura aprobada and El abuelo, have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, more than any other Spanish director, his films are characterized for his classical style and the underlying sentimentality of their plots. Born in 1944 in a humble family from Asturias. After completing a pre-university course, Garci began working as an administrative assistant in a bank, his love for cinema from an early age led him to pursue filmmaking as a career. At age twenty he began writing reviews for a number of film magazines such as: Signos, Cinestudio and Resena, winning an award in 1968 from the Circulo de Escritores Cinematograficos for his work as film critic. At the same time, he wrote his first literary works, science fiction stories like: Bibidibabibidibú, Adam Blake, La Gioconda está triste.
He published the essay: Ray Bradbury humanista del futuro and an article about science fiction films in the Encyclopedia Buru-La. In 1969 he became involved in scriptwriting, receiving his first screen credits for Antonio Giménez Rico The Cronicón. Between 1972 and 1977 he scripted five more films: León Klimovsky La casa de las chivas. During this same period, Garci wrote the made for T. V film La Cabina directed by Antonio Mercero, he directed his first short films:! Al Futbol! Mi Marilyn, Tiempo de gente acobardada. In 1977, José Luis Garci directed his first feature film Asignatura pendiente from a script by Gonzalez Sinde, a love story between an old pair of lovers which runs parallel to the social and political changes lived in Spain after the fall of Francisco Franco's regime; the film was well received by critics and audiences, becoming the most successful representative of the Spanish film of the generation of the Transition from dictatorship to democracy who saw themselves in a social and political limbo.
A simple story of an amorous seduction by the film's hero is set around a series of topical references to a generation of Spaniards born in the immediate post-civil war period whose frustrations and nostalgia are embodied in the film's protagonist. Gaci took his narrative cues from the visual patterns followed in the traditional Hollywood narrative. Garci second film Solos en la madrugada became skilled tackling progressive social themes intended for an audience interested neither in elite art cinema nor in the popular style of most Spanish comedies, he used this same pattern in his third film, Las verdes praderas, in which heavy sentimentality, a constant in his films, became more apparent. The director changed gears with El Crack, in which he used the figure of the hard boiled detective in a story inspired by the novels of Dashiell Hammett, to whom the film is dedicated, employing elements of the American film noirs of the 1930s and 40s giving it a Spanish flavor; the formula worked so well that two years Garci made a sequel, El crack II.
Between this two films, Garci made his most emblematic work Volver a empezar, a sentimental story of an aging writer who returns to Spain after many years in exiled following the civil war. The film was the first Spanish motion picture to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Sesión continua, Tiovivo c. 1950, Luz de domingo, Sangre de mayo and Holmes & Watson. Madrid Days. In addition to filmmaking, he is a popular radio sportscaster in his homeland. Benavent, Francisco María, Cine Español de los Noventa,ediciones Mensajero, 2000, ISBN 84-271-2326-4 D'Lugo, Marvin: Guide to the Cinema of Spain, Greenwood Press, 1997. ISBN 0-313-29474-7 Stone, Spanish Cinema, Pearson Education, 2002, ISBN 0-582-43715-6 Torres, Diccionario del cine Español, Espasa Calpe, 1994, ISBN 84-239-9203-9 Complete filmography at IMDB
Secrets of the Heart (film)
Secrets of the Heart is a 1997 Spanish film. The film was a Box Office hit in Spain grossing ESP 711,092,434, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards. During the holidays and his older brother Juan go to a mountain village. There Javi is attracted by a secret, concealed in the closed room; the child's curiosity will lead him to a surprising discovery. Carmelo Gómez as Tío Charo López as María Sílvia Munt as Madre Vicky Peña as Rosa Andoni Erburu as Javi Álvaro Nagore as Juan Zabalza Íñigo Garcés as Carlos Joan Vallès as Abuelo Joan Dalmau as Benito Chete Lera as Ricardo Manolo Monje as Don Bautista José María Asín as Don Alejandro Carlos Salaberri as Bedel According to the film's producer, Secretos del corazón is "a poetical and emotional movie that can share with Hollywood's big overproductions' special effects." Armendáriz has had a brief film career and appears in such works as "Historias del Kronen", "Tasio" and "Las cartas de Alou".
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Marcelo Piñeyro is an Argentine award-winning film director and film producer. Born in Buenos Aires, Piñeyro studied cinematography at the University of La Plata's School of Fine Arts. In 1980, he and his associate Luis Puenzo founded a Latin American production company. In 1984, Piñeyro came to international attention as executive producer of The Official Story. In 1985, the film became the first Latin American movie to win an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. In 1992, Piñeyro premiered as a director with Tango Feroz. In Argentina, the film initiated a debate about the country's past. Screened at such film festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival in 1993, the film won several awards including the Premio del Jurado Joven en el Festival de San Sebastián. Caballos Salvajes, Piñeyro's second film as director, became the second-highest attended film in Argentina, it received a number of awards, including the Jury's Special Mention at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The film played such festivals as the Mostra Internazionale del Film Venecia and the New Directors/New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York.
Piñeyro's next film, Cenizas del paraíso, was produced by Buena Vista International and became Argentina's highest-grossing film in 1997. It won a number of international awards, among them the Spanish Goya Award for Best Foreign Film in Spanish and was selected to present Argentina for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. In addition, the film was screened at a number of international film festivals, ranging from the Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2000, Plata quemada gained international recognition and reached a considerable audience worldwide. In Uruguay, where a large part of the plot takes place, Plata quemada became the most viewed film of the year. Screened at international film festivals like Venice, Biarritz and Rio de Janeiro, it won a number of awards and award nominations. In 2001, Piñeyro contributed the short film "El Dorado" to Argentina Vivo 2001, an anthology of shorts by Argentine directors; the following year, his feature Kamchatka played at film festivals in Berlin, Bahia, Brazil.
S. and Sydney and was selected to represent Argentina for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. His next film, El método, premiered in 2005 and was shown at several international film festivals, including the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, it won two Goya Awards, including one for Piñeyro for best adapted script. In 2009, Las viudas; as of 2013, his most recent film is starring Mario Casas, Belén Rueda and Sergi López. Piñeyro has so far worked with Héctor Alterio, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Cecilia Roth, Leticia Brédice, Ernesto Alterio, Eduardo Noriega, Pablo Echarri and Fernán Mirás, as well as Federico Luppi, Imanol Arias, Dolores Fonzi and Natalia Verbeke. Piñeyro, as of April 2007, has been scripting a new project in collaboration with Marcelo Figueras, with whom Piñeyro had worked for Plata Quemada and Kamchatka. Director and writer Tango feroz: la leyenda de Tanguito Tanguito Caballos Salvajes a.k.a. Wild Horses Cenizas del paraíso a.k.a. Paradise Ashes Historias de Argentina en vivo Kamchatka Plata quemada a.k.a.
Burnt Money El método aks The Method Las viudas de los jueves aks The Widows of Thursdays Ismael Producer La historia oficial a.k.a. The Official Story Marcelo Piñeyro at Cinenacional.com Marcelo Piñeyro at Filmbug