Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers: Julio Medem
Manchester University Press, 2012 - 250 pages
This thorough account of the life and films of the Spanish-Basque filmmaker Julio Medem is the first book in English on the internationally renowned writer-director of Vacas, La ardilla roja (Red Squirrel), Tierra, Los amantes del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle), Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucía), La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra (Basque Ball) and Caótica Ana (Chaotic Ana), Initial chapters explore Medem's childhood, adolescence and education and examine his earliest short films and critical writings against a background of a dramatically changing Spain. Later chapters provide accounts of the genesis, production and release of Medem's challenging and sensual films, which feed into complex but lucid analyses of their meanings, both political and personal, in which Stone draws on traditions and innovations in Basque art, Spanish cinema and European philosophy to create a complete and provocative portrait of Medem and his work.
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the making of Medem
La ardilla roja 1993
Los amantes del Círculo Polar 1998
Lucía y el sexo 2001
La pelota vasca la piel
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actors Aitor aizkolari Alberto Iglesias Alicia Produce Alvaro amantes del Circulo Ana's Angel in Tierra ardilla roja Atxaga audience auteurism auteurist Awards Basque cinema Basque conflict Basque Country Basque nationalism Belen camera Carmelo Gomez characters Circulo Polar coincidence Cristina critical cultural death directed by Medem director documentary duality editing Elena Emma Suarez emotional Euskera fantasy father Felix female Fernando fiction Film Festival film's filmmakers films written identity Ignacio imagination interviews Irigibel Juan Julio Medem juxtaposed juxtaposition Karra Elejalde La ardilla roja La pelota vasca landscape Lorenzo Lucia Madrid magical realism male Manuel Mari metaphor montage myth Nancho Novo narrative nationalist Nimri Otto and Ana Otto's Paz Vega Pedro Almodovar pelota vasca Peru played political production protagonist reality relationship romantic San Sebastian script sexo sexual shot Sofia Sogecine Sogetel Spain Spanish cinema Spanish Film story subconscious subjectivity Surrealist symbol symbolises symmetry television themes Vacas writing written and directed