Sunday, June 9, 2013

RIP Elias Querejeta

Producer Elias Querejeta dies at 78
He collaborated with filmmakers such as Carlos Saura, Victor Erice and Fernando Leon, among others
Film producer Elías Querejeta died today at age 78 in Madrid, sources told Efe the Federation of Spanish Audiovisual Producers (FAPAE).
His death has occurred at 6 am on Sunday, according to the sources, who have pointed out that his remains will be transferred to the 13 hours a Funeral Home of La Paz (Tres Cantos, Madrid).
The film producer, father of director Grace Querejeta, worked with numerous filmmakers such as Carlos Saura in 'La caza', Victor Erice in the award-winning 'El espíritu de la colmena' and more recently with Fernando Leon de Aranoa in ''Los lunes al sol'.
His latest works as a producer have been 'Siete mesas de billar francés' (2007) and 'Cerca de tus ojos' (2009), which also was his directorial debut.
He has received numerous awards such as the Luis Buñuel film (1980), the National Film Award (1986), Europa Cinema Award for Best European producer in the Italian Festival of Rimini (1987) and the Gold Medal of the Spanish Academy Film (1998).
Querejeta was the producer of one Euro-western: “Yankee Dudler” (1973).

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