Friday, July 6, 2018

RIP Santiago Moncada

The playwright and former president of the SGAE and its Foundation, Santiago Moncada, has died in the early hours of this Friday, July 6, as confirmed by Europa Press. Moncada was born in  Madrid in 1928 and began his career as a writer of novels, a facet with which he won the Elisenda de Montcada Award for 'Carta a nadie' and was a finalist on the Planet for 'El stress'. As a playwright, he won the Calderón de la Barca Prize consecutively in 1962 and 1963. His career includes more than forty comedies released, with titles like 'Midnight Games', 'Violins and Trumpets', and 'Dinner for two'. Many of his works have been translated into different languages. As a screenwriter he also had a prolific career - which started in the 1960s and lasted until the late 1990s - with more than 80 works filmed in the United States, Italy, Germany, England, France and Spain. Among them, “Dear Teacher” (1966), “The Man Who Knew How to Love” (1976), “Unfair Dismissal” (1980) and “The Family ... 30 Years Later'. He also worked as a producer in a dozen films. “Moncada wrote the screenplays for four E Yuro-westerns: “Awkward Hands” and “Un par de asesinos” both (1970), “Cut-Throats Nine” (1972) and “The White, the Yellow, the Black” (1975).

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