The King of All The World
Manuel, a famous stage director who has been out of the scene for a while, is preparing for his comeback with a play full of passion and music. He seeks the help of Sara, his ex-wife and renowned choreographer to direct. Both together will choose young dancers, rising complicity and conflict among them, bringing the passion beyond the stage.
Rehearsals start to heat up, tension grows and the dancers try to stand out. Powerful Mexican music and the strength of the performances set the tone for a play to emerge in which tragedy, fiction and reality intertwine.
Inspired by his fascination with Mexico, master Saura recovers the ‘essence’ of his classic music films („Flamenco”, „Tango” etc.) made hand by hand with Oscar winner DOP Vittorio Storaro, with the aim of showing the richness and cultural diversity of the North American country.
Carlos Saura (b. 1932) was a professional photographer before turning to filmmaking in the mid-fifties. In 1957 he finished studying and got the director diploma. At the same time, he finished his end-of-career short film "La tarde del domingo" (1957). Generally acknowledged as Spain’s leading director of the last four decades, many of his films have won numerous major prizes at international film festivals since the sixties. On January 4th 2022 the director is celebrating his 90th birthday. Carlos Saura is this year’s laureate of PÖFF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Selected: Llanto por un bandido (Weeping for a Bandit, 1964), Le Jardin de las delicias (The Garden of Delights, 1970), Ana y los lobos (Anna and the Wolves, 1973), Dulces horas (Sweet Hours, 1982), Antonieta (1982), Carmen (1983), Ay, Carmela! (1990), Sevillanas (1992), Tango (1998), Goya (Goya in Bordeaux, 1999), Bunuel y la mess del rey Salomon (Bunuel ja kuningas Saalomoni laud, PÖFF 2001), Salomé (2002), Fados (2007, PÖFF 2008), Io, Don Giovanni (Mina, Don Giovanni, PÖFF 2009), Flamenco Flamenco (2010), Jota de Saura (2016), El rey de todo el mundo (The King of All the World 2021)