Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker José Luís Cuerda dies aged 72

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José Luis Cuerda, film director, at his home in Madrid. Credit: CARLOS ROSILLO.

IT is with great sadness that Euro Weekly News can reveal that the acclaimed Spanish Film Director José Luis Cuerda has died today (Tuesday, February 4) at the age of 72-years-old.

The filmmaker premiered his last film two years ago entiled ‘Tiempo después’ which translates to ‘Time Later ‘, based upon his self-titled novel and which achieved great success on the big screen.

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Cuerda became part of surrealist movement that, according to the filmmaker himself, “is a twist of reality that remains reality.” The film that marked his career and began his approach to a special, distinct humour, deeply rooted in the most telluric characteristics in Spain that Cuerda so accurately portrayed, was ‘Total’ (1983), which explored dialogues in the middle of extraordinary events.

The filmmaker went on to produce three films of the award winning Alejandro Amenábar, including ‘Tesis’ and ‘Abre los ojos’.


Cuerda was born in Albacete in Castile-La Mancha on February, 18 1947, but spent much of his life in Galicia surrounded by vineyards and producing wine from his Sanclodio winery, also enjoying time at his second home in Madrid.

Cuerda sadly died after suffering a stroke at the Hospital de la Princesa de Madrid, as confirmed by his surviving daughters Irene and Elena.






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