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Carlos Saura's (Carmen, Blood Wedding) touching and thought-provoking 1976 work remains one of the most important films in Spanish cinema. Released when Spain was just coming out of 40 years of Fascist rule it was nominated for a Golden Globe, and won the Grand Prize at Cannes in 1977
Cría Cuervos (English translation:Raise Ravens) centres on an amazing performance by the young actress Ana Torrent (Spirit Of The Beehive, The Haunting) as the disturbed eight-year-girl living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of her mother, played by an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin, whom she conjures as a ghost.
The film is a masterpiece of form and technique, and Chaplin and Torrent are both outstanding ***** Peter Bradshawe, GuardianSpecial Features*
Carlos Saura in Conversation (2001, 22 minutes): onstage interview at BFI Southbank in which Saura talks in detail about the film s production and reception, and discusses the challenges of working as a filmmaker in Franco's Spain