The wish so many moviegoers have been asking for for years is about to come true. On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the release of his last film, sun quinceit has just been revealed that Victor Erice will shoot a fourth feature film, “Cerrar los ojos”. Grants from Canal Sur, Andalusian public television, anticipated that the filmmaker is preparing a new work with Pecado Films, Tandem Films and Nautilus, the filmmaker’s production company. Javier Zurro was the first to break the news today.
The producers preferred not to give plot details or filming dates for the 82-year-old filmmaker’s return to the cinema, but Andalusian television has confirmed that the protagonists will be José Coronado and María León. If all goes as planned, Close eyes It should be ready for its premiere in 2023.
With his previous jobs, the director has become one of the great references of Spanish cinema. With its debut, The hive mindwon the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Festival in 1973. Ten years later, Erice returned with Southwith which he competed in the Official Section of the Cannes Film Festival in 1983. In 192, the filmmaker returned to the Croisette with sun quincewith which he won the jury prize and the FIPRESCI prize for international criticism.
Erice’s fourth film was to be an adaptation of The haunting of Shanghai, until the project fell through after several years of work. It was ultimately Fernando Trueba who shot, without much success, the film version of Fernando Marsé’s acclaimed novel. Since then, the Basque has stayed away from the cinema.
The industry has changed drastically since Erice stopped making movies.. “Of the experience of the Lumière brothers, of the original experience of cinema, only the cinema remains as a residue. But the film, the audiovisual, because I make the distinction between cinema and audiovisual, is consumed not only on television, but also on tablets and mobile phones. In the first 80 or 90 years of cinema, the spectator’s place was absolutely predetermined, and for me it was still the ideal place to observe the images of a film, the cinema hall. I do not disdain the possibility of seeing a film in these procedures that the technique offers, but the experience is noticeably modified, ”said the director during a meeting with the press in November 2021.
At the same event, attended by EL ESPAÑOL, Erice lamented that “the problem is not to make a film, it is where it is projected, and this is a difficult problem to solve. Since 1992 I’ve done work, not feature films, but quite a significant amount that’s mostly unknown. My last commercial release was Centro Histórico, a film I made with Aki Kaurismäki, Manoel de Oliveira and Pedro Costa. Hardly anyone has seen it, because today, even to release a film, you have to pay for a room. It’s very difficult to come to this, regardless of the reputations of the four filmmakers involved, and that says something about what’s going on in this country.”
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