Spanish director Mario Camus dies at 86

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(AFP) – Spanish director Mario Camus, whose film “La Colmena” won first prize at the Berlin Film Festival, died on Saturday at the age of of 86 years.

“The filmmaker Mario Camus died in Santander” (Cantabria), announced the Spanish Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences, in a message on social networks.

Mario Camus, whose main films were inspired by great literary works, had a worldwide notoriety when “La Colmena” (The Hive), on the consequences of the Spanish Civil War, won the Golden Bear in Berlin, in 1983.

The following year, “Los santos inocentes” (The Saints innocents), on a family of poor peasants from Extremadura exploited under Francoism, received the Special Mention of the jury of the Festival de Cannes . His two main actors, Francisco Rabal and Alfredo Landa, were jointly awarded the Best Actor Award.

In 2011, Mario Camus also received an honorary Goya, the Goyas being the equivalent of the Oscars for Spanish cinema.

His death occurred the day after that, at 95 years, of the Spanish playwright and screenwriter Alfonso Sastre, who openly criticized the censorship during the Franco dictatorship (1939 – 1975). Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez paid tribute to them on Saturday, via Twitter.

“Those of us who love cinema and theater, today we are in We are saying goodbye to two great names in culture, Alfonso Sastre and Mario Camus. From our seats in the public, we will continue to appreciate their extraordinary works “, he wrote.

“My condolences to their families, their friends and to the world of culture”.

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