Friday, November 23, 2012

RIP José Luis Borau

Director José Luis Borau dies at 83.

Filmmaker and writer José Luis Borau, winner of National Film Award, Fine Arts and Academic Language and president of the Spanish Academy of Cinema and SGAE, died today November 23, 2012 in Madrid at age 83, after a long illness.

Born August 8, 1929 in Zaragoza, Spain José Luis Borau was a director, film producer and distributor, and directed Spanish film classics like “Tata mine” (1986), “Poachers” (1975) and “Hay que matar a B” (1974) and other titles such as “Leo” (2000), but also cultivated other facets such as teacher, writer and historian.

He was, either as producer or writer, an essential part of Spanish cinema, with films like, “Un dos, tres al escondite ingles” (1969), “Mi querida señorita” (1972), “Camada negra” (1977), and “El monosabio” (1977). He wrote and directed one Euro-western “Ride and Kill” (1964) with Alex Nicol and Robert Hundar.

The health of Borau had deteriorated in recent months due to him suffering with throat cancer suffering and forcing him to enter the hospital several times in Madrid, where on Friday, about 2.30 hours, he died.

Film director, screenwriter, producer, writer, teacher and occasional actor, Borau was an intellectual and very active as a defender of film language and the writers, to the point of making the subject matter in his inaugural speech at the Royal Spanish Academy, in 2008, where he held the chair 'B', after the death of Fernando Fernan Gomez.

In 1988 he received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2000, and again in 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in 2002, the National Film Award, and in 2007, the Award for Social Values from the ​​Foundation Against Drug Addiction (FAD) in 2008, the gold medal and the Ateneo Egeda. In 2010, Borau collected Aragonesas Award for Letters.

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