Quince Tree of the Sun
Quince Tree of the Sun

Quince Tree of the Sun

Director Victor Erice

Production year 1992

Length 139min.

Country Spain

SYNOPSIS

The film centers on Spanish painter Antonio López García (playing himself) and his attempt to paint the eponymous quince tree. López struggles to capture a perfect, fleeting moment of beauty on canvas, and the film meticulously chronicles his work.

Awards

Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize | Cannes IFF, France, 1992

Gold Hugo | Chicago IFF, USA, 1992

CAST & CREW

Victor Erice
Victor Erice

Director

Producer

María Moreno

Script

Víctor Erice, Antonio López

Director of Photography

Javier Aguirresarobe, Ángel Luis Fernández, José Luis López Linares

Production designer

Carmen Martínez, Carlos Taillefer

Music by

Pascal Gaigne

Sound

Ricardo Steimberg, Daniel Goldstein

Edit

Juan Ignacio San Mateo

Cast

Antonio López, María Moreno, Enrique Gran, José Carretero

Production company

María Moreno, P.C. (C/ Poniente, 3, Madrid, España)

Victor Erice

Born 1940, Karrantza, Biscay, Pais Vasco, Spain. Víctor Erice is one of the most prominent and original directors of world cinema. Moving to Madrid, at te age of 17, he graduated from the Official Film School (EOC), specializing in Film Directing. For a while he worked as a screenwriter; then he directed advertising films. In 1969 he made his debut as a professional director filming one of the three episodes in a movie called Challenges. In 1973 he shot his first feature film, The Spirit of the Beehive, winner of the First prize at the IFF of San Sebastian, and remarkably well received by audiences and critics. 1992 was the year of Quince Tree of the Sun, in collaboration with artist Antonio López, presented at Cannes IFF, where it won the Jury Prize and the International Critic Prize (FIPRESCI). In 2002 he contributed with his sketch Lifeline to the collective movie Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, participated by a number of well known international filmmakers. In 2005, answering the request of Barcelona’s Centre de Cultura Contemporànea, and within the context of the Exhibition Erice-Kiarostami: Correspondence, he started filming in video a series of short movies called Letters to Abbas Kiarostami (Sea-Mail). For the same occasion, in 2006, he wrote and directed La Morte Rouge, evoking a post-war child’s first experience as a film spectator. At the same time he presented an installation based on various paintings by Antonio López, named Fragor del mundo, silencio de la pintura. The retrospective of his films took place at the Pesaro IFF (Italy), in 2005. In 2010 Victor Erice was a member of Cannes FF International Jury. Currently he participates, together with directors Manoel de Oliveira, Pedro Costa and Aki Kaurismaki - in an omnibus film in Portugal.


Filmography

On the Terrace (1961, short), Páginas de un diario perdido (1962, short), Los días perdidas (1963, short), Entrevías (1966, short), Challenges (1969, segment), The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), The South (1983), Apuntes 1990-2003 (1990-2003), The Quince Tree Sun (1992), Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (segment “Lifeline”, 2002), Letters to Abbas Kiarostami (Sea- Mail, 2006), La Morte Rouge (2006), 3.11 Sense of Home (segment “Ana Three Minutes”, 2011).

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