Julian, a middle-aged single doctor, meets his childhood friend Pablo again. The latter is back from Africa and has just married a beautiful young blonde, Elena. Julian falls in love with her and tries to seduce her, but she mockingly pushes him away from her. He then finds that Ana, his nurse, bears a troubling resemblance to Elena. He decides to gradually transform Ana into Elena.
Festival HistoryBerlin International Film Festival 1968
Cast And CreditsDirector : Carlos Saura
Producer : Elías Querejeta
Screenplay : Rafael Azcona, Angelino Fons, Carlos Saura
DOP : LUÍS CUADRADO
Editor : Pablo G. del Amo
Cast : Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo, Emiliano Redondo
Carlos Saura Atarés (b. 4 January, 1932) is a Spanish film director, photographer and writer. Along with Luis Buñuel and Pedro Almodóvar, he is considered to be one of Spain’s most renowned filmmakers. With a long and prolific career spanning over half a century, Saura’s films have won many international awards. His films are sophisticated expressions of time and space fusing reality with fantasy, past with present, and memory with hallucination. He began his career in 1955 making documentary shorts and gained international prominence when his first film premiered at Cannes in 1960. Although he started filming as a neorealist, Saura quickly switched to films encoded with metaphors and symbolism in order to get around the Spanish censors. In 1966, his film La Caza won the Silver Bear at Berlinale. He won Special Jury Awards for ‘La Prima Angélica’ (1973) and ‘Cría Cuervos’ (1975) in Cannes. In the 1980s, Saura was in the spotlight for his Flamenco trilogy – ‘Bodas de Sangre’, ‘Carmen’ and ‘El Amor Brujo’. He received two nominations for Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, for ‘Carmen’ (1983) and ‘Tango’ (1998).