ABOUT DICTATORS, GRANDMOTHERS AND SUMMERS IN SANTANDER
Direction: Elia Urquiza
Writer: Elia Urquiza
Cinematographer: José Luis Pulido
Estudi Playtime, TV3
(Omnibus documentary comprised of six works. only work no. 4, directed by Elia Urquiza, will be screened.)
“Every summer in August, my grandmother and Franco come accidentally together in Santander. The last statue of Franco on horseback stands in the centre of the town square, where Grandma, like everybody else, lies in the sun, drinking iced beverages with friends, playing cards, taking naps. The statue is not a disturbing element; it draws nobody’s attention.”
Elia Urquiza (Pamplona, 1979). Elia made her first documentary, De Carmen a Carmen, within her Master’s Programme in Creative Documentary Film at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Since then, she has written, shot, and edited many films, often at the crossroads of documentary and fiction. In 2005, she took part in the group documentary project Entre el dictador y yo. In 2006, she paid tribute to two of her favourite directors, Victor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami, in Historia de un niño, shown in their exhibition at Barcelona’s Centre de Cultura Contemporània (CCCB). Granted a scholarship from Fundación “la Caixa” in 2007, she entered the Film Directing Programme at CalArts, the California Institute of the Arts, where she was able to tap into fiction film. In 2010, she got a grant from Navarra’s Government to complete here graduate studies in Los Angeles, under the tutorship of Monte Hellman.