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 Victor Erice, Dream of Light / El sol del membrillo, 1992, documentary


“There is already fiction in the glance”


"Everyone has the capacity to create and recreate within them. And a film doesn’t exist unless it 
is seen—if there are no eyes to look at the images, the images don’t exist. When I’ve finished a
 film, it’s no longer mine—it belongs to the people. I’m nothing more than an intermediary in 
the process."


"I don’t feel that I chose films; they chose me. I don’t mean to sound pretentious. During my
 childhood, films had a fundamental importance. In a country which, in the 1940s especially, 
was still very isolated from the rest of the world and marked by the Civil War, films offered 
me an extraordinary possibility to be a citizen of the world."


"You don’t choose to be a film director when you’re little; you’d be a little monster! 
Also, do remember that nobody chooses the object of their love."


"The music that I like best is the sound produced by the editing of all the images. The rhythm 
of the images has a music of its own and that’s much more difficult than just placing music 
on top of a film."


"I feel that the language of painting belongs to the dawn of our time and civilisation, and, 
in a similar way, cinema belongs to its sunset. On the whole, cinema has a youthful image, 
but in fact I think it’s exactly the opposite."


"Over the past year( 2009), I've been making short films, like a painter, I like it a lot. 
It's a series of documentaries I named Memory and Dream. I've filmed three chapters, 
I'm hoping to reach ten to screen them. These are short pieces that I shoot around the 
world, when I am travelling."


"I strongly believe in what Roberto Rossellini said: the poorer you are, the greater your freedom.
 Being free is a question of being bare. You have to give things up."


Victor Erice


Victor Erice 


Filmography
The Spirit of the Beehive / El espíritu de la colmena (1973),  El Sur / The South (1982), 
Dream of Light :El sol del membrillo / The Quince Tree Sun (1992) documentary, 
La Morte Rouge (2006)


"Victor Erice creates his film as a canvas, conjuring painterly images of slow dissolves and 
shafts of light that match Caravaggio in their power to animate a scene of stillness, or 
freeze one of mad movement"

Tony Rayns

Lifeline, Victor Erice, 2002 
Victor Erice, Lifeline, 2002 


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