Julio Medem

By Robert Stone

Julio Medem


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7201-7
  • Pages: 250
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: September 2012
  • BIC Category: Film and Media, Film scripts & screenplays, Film history, theory & criticism, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts, PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism, Spain, The arts / Film scripts & screenplays
  • Series: Spanish and Latin-American Filmmakers


This thorough account of the life and films of the Spanish-Basque filmmaker Julio Medem is the first book in English on the internationally renowned writer-director of Vacas, La ardilla roja (Red Squirrel), Tierra, Los amantes del Círculo Polar (Lovers of the Arctic Circle), Lucía y el sexo (Sex and Lucía), La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra (Basque Ball) and Caótica Ana (Chaotic Ana),

Initial chapters explore Medem's childhood, adolescence and education and examine his earliest short films and critical writings against a background of a dramatically changing Spain. Later chapters provide accounts of the genesis, production and release of Medem's challenging and sensual films, which feed into complex but lucid analyses of their meanings, both political and personal, in which Stone draws on traditions and innovations in Basque art, Spanish cinema and European philosophy to create a complete and provocative portrait of Medem and his work.


Note on interviews
1. Author, auteur, aitor
2. A sense of nobility: the making of Medem
3. The other side of the hole: Vacas
4. Eyes that entangle: La ardilla roja
5. That part of you that died: Tierra
6. A question of love: Los amantes del círculo polar
7. A ray of sun: Lucía y el sexo
8. Framing fearful symmetry: La pelota vasca: la piel contra la piedra
9. Work in progress


Rob Stone is Senior Lecturer and Head of Media and Communication at the University of Swansea

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