Spanish director Mario Camus has died aged 86

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San Sebastian (Spain) (AFP)

Spanish director Mario Camus, whose film about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 won first prize at the Berlin Film Festival, died on Saturday. He was 86 years old.

“Filmmaker Mario Camus has died in Santander,” the Spanish Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences said in a social media post.

Camus, whose best films have been inspired by great literary works, first gained international attention when his film on the consequences of the Spanish Civil War, “La Colmena” (La Ruche) won the Ours d gold at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival.

The following year, “Los santos inocentes” (Les Saints Innocents) received a special mention from the jury at the Cannes Film Festival, and its two stars jointly won the prize for best actor.

In 2011, he won an honorary Goya award, the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar.

Camus’ death came a day after the death of Spanish playwright Alfonso Sastre, 95, a vocal critic of censorship during the decades of the Spanish dictatorship, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez paying homage to the two on Twitter on Saturday.

“Those of us who love cinema and theater are in mourning today. We bid farewell to two cultural greats, Alfonso Sastre and Mario Camus. From our seats in the audience, we will continue to enjoy their extraordinary works, ”he wrote.

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


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