Special Session


Carlos Saura | Spain | 2022 | 75 min.
O.V. in Spanish

Carlos Saura, Spanish cinema's historic figure who has produced a multifaceted body of work since the 50s (and who will receive the Honorary Goya in 2023), takes us on an immersive journey through the history of painting based on the impulse to paint walls, a documentary that he not only directs but also stars in. A film that links the Paleolithic art of the caves of Puente Viesgo, Altamira, Atapuerca and Chauvet with the current urban art and graffiti of Madrid and Barcelona, featuring creators such as Zeta, Suso33, Cuco and Musa71, while including conversations with artists such as Miquel Barceló and experts in Paleolithic and contemporary art.

Direction: Carlos Saura
Screenplay: Carlos Saura, José Morillas
Cinematography: Juana Jimenez, Rita Noriega
Editing: Vanessa Marimbert
Music: Alfonso G. Aguilar
Sound: Inés Almirón, Rita Noriega
Cast: Miquel Barceló, Juan Luis Arsuaga, Suso 33
Production Company: Malvalanda
Distributor: Wanda Vision
International Sales: Latido Films

Carlos Saura was born in Huesca in 1932, he’s a filmmaker, screenwriter and photographer, as well as being one of the most important figures of modern Spanish cinema, since he began directing in the 1950s, consecrating himself with The Hunt in 1966, winning a Silver Bear at the Berlinale. With more than fifty projects in his filmography, Saura has been honoured with the most prestigious awards of cinema, including the Gold Medal of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain, the Order of Arts and Letters of France, and the Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. Some of his most emblematic films are Cousin Angelica (1973) and Cría Cuervos (1975), both Special Jury Prize at Cannes, the Oscars’ candidate Mama Turns 100 (1979), ¡Ay, Carmela! (1990), winner of 13 Goya Awards, and Deprisa, deprisa (1981), which received the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlinale. Saura’s filmography also includes films dedicated to music and dance, such as the musical trilogy with Antonio Gades, Salomé (2002), Iberia (2005) and Fados (2007); and the documentaries Sevillanas (1992), Flamenco (1994), Tango (1997) and Jota de Saura (2016). The musical film The King of all the World (2021) and the short film Rosa Rosae. La Guerra Civil are the director’s latest projects.