ABOUT DICTATORS, GRANDMOTHERS AND SUMMERS IN SANTANDER

Year2005 DirectorElia Urquiza WriterElia Urquiza PhotographyJosé Luis Pulido Production 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

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.
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
NICDO
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
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