Carlos Saura Photographer
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Spanish, English, German, with English subtitles

With Carlos Saura

As a young man, Carlos Saura, the legendary Spanish filmmaker, did not quite know what he would like to become: motorcycle racer, flamenco dancer, or photographer. 60 years, 40 films, and numerous film awards later, his passion for photography runs like a thread through his life.

The documentary follows publishers Gerhard Steidl and Hans Meinke as they set out to release the largely unknown photo oeuvre of Carlos Saura in the form of a book. They discover an early phase in Saura’s photography revealing Spain of the ’50s in a new light: impressive black-and-white images of landscapes, villages, culture, and the people of that time beyond the Franco propaganda.

About the Director

Jörg Adolph, born in Herford in 1967, studied German literature, ethnology and art history in Marburg, attaining a Masters degree with distinction. Adolph then worked as television critic and trailer editor, before studying documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film in Munich from 1994 to 2000. His earlier films include On/Off the record (2002), How to Make a Book with Steidl (2010), Making of Heimat (2013).

Gereon Wetzel was born in Bonn in 1972. After his M.A. in Archeology from Heidelberg University, he completed the documentary filmmaking program at the University for Film and Television (HFF München) in Munich, where he currently lives and works as a freelance author and filmmaker. His earlier films include El Bulli – Cooking is Progress (2011) and How to make a Book with Steidl (2010) and Konstantin Grcic – Design is Work (2017).