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Renowned Spanish filmmaker Victor Erice received a standing ovation at a packed press conference held in anticipation of him receiving the Donostia Award for career achievement at the San Sebastian Film Festival. This honor comes following the festival’s screening of Erice’s first feature film in three decades, “Close Your Eyes,” which had its world premiere at the Cannes Premiere in May.
Erice’s “Close Your Eyes” received highly positive reviews, marking a significant milestone in his career. Thirty years earlier, he won the Cannes Jury Prize for his film “Dream of Light.”
During the press conference, Erice answered questions before being joined on stage by the “Close Your Eyes” team. He shared his perspective on filmmaking, emphasizing the role of fate and creativity in the process. Erice stated, “What I achieve in my work is trying to give the best of myself. Fate is key in an industrial art like cinema. Fate intervenes in filmmaking, but I think fate improves what you have written.”
The Donostia Award bestowed upon Erice is significant for several reasons. It marks the first time the award has been given to a Basque director and will be presented in the same cinema, the Kursaal, where Erice watched his first film. Ana Torrent will present the award on the 50th anniversary of “The Spirit of the Beehive,” one of Erice’s masterpieces, in which she starred at the age of six, earning the film San Sebastian’s prestigious Gold Shell.
Erice also reflected on the transformative power of cinema, stating, “Cinema has given me and people of my generation, in times of misery and lack of freedom, the ability to become citizens of the world for a few hours. We could also decide who our teachers were going to be.”
Regarding the changing landscape of filmmaking and technology, Erice noted, “Technology has led to the contemplation of films being in your dining room, which isn’t the same. I defend the public experience of watching a film instead of all staying in our corners with our devices.”
Victor Erice is considered a legend in the world of cinema, with “The Spirit of the Beehive” and “Light” recognized as pivotal works. While Erice hasn’t directed a feature film for 30 years, he remains active in various aspects of filmmaking and continues to influence emerging filmmakers. He expressed the importance of teaching young filmmakers to navigate the challenges posed by new technologies in a world inundated with images.
Erice’s latest film, “Close Your Eyes,” explores the mystery surrounding a famous actor’s disappearance during the filming of a movie and how it resurfaces many years later through a TV program.
Despite not attending the Cannes premiere of “Close Your Eyes” due to a perceived lack of communication regarding its competition status, Erice’s impact on cinema remains significant, both in his contributions to the medium and his influence on future generations of filmmakers.