Championed by Quentin Tarantino
, whose 2010 Venice jury awarded him a Silver Lion for “The Last Circus
,” Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia
’s filmic universe might be thought weird. It is certainly one of the most exuberant in contemporary Spanish – maybe European – cinema.
During a directing master class at this week’s 14th Marrakech Film Fest, he bared his heart about his creative inspirations, having previously unveiled a new project to Variety, “The Bar,” which he aims to shoot on the heels of “My Big Night
,” skedded for an early 2015 shoot.
One key inspiration for his generation is Spanish cult filmmaker Jess Franco
(1930-2013). “For us, he’s a prophet, the greatest amongst the pantheon of directors. He did everything – mystery, horror, thriller, porno.”
Iglesia talked about his family background – he was born in Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque country, into a family with strong Catholic roots — and the fact that