Mario Camus Dies: Spanish Filmmaker Behind Golden Bear Winner ‘La Colmena’ & More Was 86

Mario Camus Dies: Spanish Filmmaker Behind Golden Bear Winner ‘La Colmena’ & More Was 86
Mario Camus, the acclaimed Spanish writer-director behind La colmena, Young Sánchez, The Holy Innocents and more, died in his hometown of Santander on September 18. He was 86.

Spain’s Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Goya Awards, confirmed the news with a post published on Saturday to their official Instagram page. “Filmmaker Mario Camus dies in Santander. Author of classics of our cinema such as The Holy Innocents, The Beehive, The Days of the Past or That Woman,” a spokesperson wrote in Spanish. “He received the Goya de Honor in 2011.”

Born on April 20, 1935, Camus was creatively active for at least 45 years, and directed 30 films, starting with 1963’s Los farsantes. He claimed the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear statuette for Best Film with his 1983 feature La Colmena, along with Cannes’ Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for 1984’s The Holy Innocents (Spanish title: Los santos inocentes). The director
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