30.06.1940, Carrantza, Spain
Erice studied political science before he enrolled in the Instituto de Investigaciones y Experiencias Cinematográficas in 1960. Three years later he graduated from it and afterward worked as a film critic and co-screenwriter of films El proximo otońo (1967) by Antonio Eceize and Oscuros sueńos eróticos de agosto (1967) by Miguel Picaza. He directed several short films and got his first serious chance to work in film thanks to the producer Elías Querejeta who invited him to direct one segment in the omnibus The Challenges (Los desafios, 1969). With Querejeta as producer, Erice directed his two most famous and acclaimed films, The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena, 1973) and The South (El sur, 1983). His next film, documentary Quince Tree of the Sun (El sol del membrillo, 1992) won the critics and jury’s award in Cannes in 1992. In 2002, he directed the segment Lifeline of the omnibus Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet. His latest film is a short film La morte rouge (2006) made for the exhibition Erice - Kiarostami: Correspondences.
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